Thursday, April 12, 2012

Riverside 20 miler

With spring finally arriving in the Pacific North West we took the opportunity to get out and enjoy the now snow-free trails of Riverside State Park in Spokane, WA. In addition to Scott, Tyler, Aaron and myself, who were out for a 20 miler, a small crew of TRIFORMANCE athletes came out to the park to put in some time on the MTB and do a little trail running.

It was in the mid 40's when we started around 9:30 and by 11 we were into the 60's. Simply put, it was a beautiful day! We kept the pace conversational and enjoyed good conversation through out the run. We stopped a couple times to take a couple pictures and enjoy the views of unusually turbulent Spokane River.

This was my first 20 miler since last April and my longest since surgery and for the first time after a long run, my shoulder didn't even ache! By the time we hit about the 17 mile mark I could start to feel the fatigue in my legs, but in a good way :-)

The pictures below are from my run at Riverside 3 days earlier. If you live in the area and haven't run at this park you need to check it out. There are over 70 miles of single track to enjoy!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Back on the Bandwagon!

Unfortunately, after the Hagg Lake 25k on February 19th I got sick...really sick. After two weeks the infection had spread to my chest and it took two rounds of antibiotics to get it to clear. One of the benefits of having had pneumonia is that it is much easier to get infections that spread to the chest and lungs. Yay!

After taking 5 weeks completely off, I jumped back on the band wagon with a 5 1/2 hour epic run above Asotin Creek with my friends Scott and Aaron. The body is bouncing back nicely and I should end up with a little over 60 miles on the trails this week.

Tomorrow will be a 15-25 miler at Riverside State Park. I did 15 there on Thursday morning. The three photos in this post were taken during my run at Riverside. If you're ever in the Spokane area you should check it out. There's over 75 miles of single track trails to enjoy :-)