March 11, 2015

Salmon River Trail

I really don't need any excuse to go trail running, but sometimes it helps to have one readily available before you try to make a three hour trip to run with friends in a non-race situation.

Heck. I don't even get to drive three hours to race usually!

But I won't complain, because I have some pretty awesome runs right out my front door. ☺

Conveniently, a lady runner I had met via blogs had a birthday and needed help celebrating.
Cake is not a bad idea, but we opted for a trip to the Salmon River trail instead, at our mutual friend Jodi's suggestion.

Devon turned thirty-five, so the decision was made that we would NOT run 35 miles each. We split it 4 way.. and with some some shaky running math, came up with almost 9 miles each to run.

As we set off from the Safeway parking lot to ride share our way to the trail head, things looked a little sketchy weather-wise: Pouring rain. Luckily, we were dressed for the occasion- at least Carissa was.

Still, given the choice, I think all of us would rather get soaked for 9 miles in lush forests, cracking jokes and taking photos, than stare at a digital clock on a treadmill.

From the onset, the trail was in great condition. Trees were decorated with lush mosses. Water was roaring down creeks and into the main river.

There were foot bridges.

And switchbacks.

And rocky vantage points where you could stare down into a river valley that seemed to go forever.


The only thing missing was snow, which I think is supposed to be somewhere around there this time of year. ?

We made more than a few stops to take silly photos, with what can only be described as a cliff leading to instant death behind us.
Photo By Jodi Stilp

 The birthday girl gave us all some helpful pointers on taking good jumping pictures.
Yet another striking photo by Jodi Stilp :)
Then we made our way back down the trail toward the parking lot, where a dry vehicle awaited us, dreaming of french fries.

Somehow we managed to scramble in (halfway clothed and smelling like roses) just as the sky tore open with buckets of rain that had held off for our run.

I kind of wish I could do it all again tomorrow.

Photo by Jodi Stilp

After this run I realize that I don't have the corner on spectacular trails here in Oregon. They are everywhere in this state! I am so blessed when I get to share them with good friends.


Would you rather race with a friend, or go do an easy run with a group?

Do you ever have food fantasies while running?

February 9, 2015

Bristow Trail Run ~ First race of 2015

I had some fun this weekend at a local race! 

My dad and husband were kind enough to shuffle the boys to their basketball games and practices so I could race in Dexter, OR, for the first time since September

January 15, 2015


You might have noticed (if you're reading the desktop version) that a certain "Ambassador" label is missing from my site. 

After sporting a few different brands of footwear over the last 3 years, this year I chose not to apply for shoe sponsorship.

January 1, 2015

NYE Run ~ The Trail I Was Bound to Find

On New Year's eve we had some beautiful (but cold for here), weather. It only made sense to make the most of it, so I took my dog (I dog-share with my inlaws. It's complicated.), to a logging road I only recently discovered was any good for running.

December 27, 2014

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" like...

Kittens and Free Gear!?

Well.. maybe your answer was different. But, you have to admit, there's something special about a combo like that!

I hope your Christmas has been exceptionally full of joy. Ours has been!

We decided this year to fulfill our children's most desired material wish by bringing home (not one, but TWO) kittens.

Our ancient kitty passed away in October after having a seizure. She was 15 years old, and we knew it would happen some day. None of us realized just how big a hole she would leave in our family.

December 17, 2014

Tuvizo Reflective Vest Review

Safety is something all runners should think about. There are perils that come with running, whether you frequent the trails or stick to the pavement. 

I like excitement, but I also like to think that my last run isn't going to end because someone just didn't see me!

For years now, I have been running with the aim to be visible. My first running vest

December 4, 2014

Running when you are sick. TELL ME THE TRUTH!

This is NOT a bragging post. 

Garmin data reveals I have a hard time keeping under 140 average heart rate (my target for easy runs), especially with a cold.

Somehow the body knows, and any little jog seems to send my heart rate UP.

I try really hard to behave.

I do

November 23, 2014

Over the Hill

Well, I guess it's all downhill from here, folks!

I hit the big 4 - 0 a few days ago.  

In running, that elevates me to "Master" status (which means I now might have twice as much luck bringing home a prize from the local 5k/10k with 40 people registered, but

November 16, 2014

Getting back on the horse isn't that bad!

I was a little nervous about starting back into running after this layoff. Each time I take some time off for an injury, I find myself a bit fearful that I will jump back in too soon or too hard.

I did very little cardio during my 6 weeks off. Although I did get out on the bike a bit, my main focus was on hitting the gym and getting consistent with some strengthening and body balancing. 

Something new I have added into my strength routine (which was very inconsistent over the summer) is

November 5, 2014

Life Outside The Oval Office ~ Book Review

I read a book!

Don't get all excited, but I don't do that nearly as much as I would like to.
(Unless you count children's fiction. If you put those into the equation, I've read many, many, many books in the last 7 years. Out loud, and usually with someone on each side of me, and on my lap.)

This book was a little different from my usual read.

I was pretty anxious to get a copy of Life Outside The Oval Office, because I had a feeling that it would be juicy.