Orcas Island 50k 2016

Orcas Island 50k 2016

The smiles were never forced and rarely forgotten, although once 18 miles were under my belt I found that they had to be at times forcefully remembered. Despite the hurt and blur of it all these middle miles were likely the most notable, because it was here I pushed through the drawl of weaknesses revealed. The incredible doses of elevation proved both climbing and falling to be strong suits of mine—I was even deemed Strider during this race as a result—resumed running, however, is where my legs turned to jello and fault was found.

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Home to hundreds of trails suitable to alpinists in training, the Columbia River Gorge offers easy to demanding challenges to residents of Portland and the PNW.


Exploring Oregon’s cascade volcanoes one north face at a time. The off season in particular yields stunning beauty, solitude and often untouched terrain, if not brutal conditions.


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 Taking a lunch breather from the stale aired living room after my fever broke. Two short miles on the Nordic skis through our neighborhood still zapped me pretty good though. . . . . #nordicskiing #runhighs #pnw  Nordic skiing the quiet neighborhood tonight. I'm still counting the miles. #runhighs  Bow Tie Nordic.
 Arroyo Respite  Snow man?  I still haven't managed to meet the snow this year, but just looking at it from afar was enough for today. #runhighs
 When you try pulling a fast one on gridlock.  One end was the sun, the other ... #runhighs #sunriserun  Running in the dark, seems like, pretty much always. #runhighs #trailsandtarmac #citytrail
 I won't soon forget you. #nordicskiing #runhighs  That ongoing 42 degree outlook has been coming along nicely here at the ol homestead.  Times to cherish: These may very well be the last miles I run with Ben until I visit him in Alaska. #runhighs #capelookout



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