Monday, October 13, 2008

Long run in Forest Park



It was a beautiful fall weekend in Oregon. We had a great run and did a bunch of fun stuff around town. Starting back on Thursday- we went down to the Circuit Gym and climbed around for a while. We were just checking it out, but we're definitely going back. I think I'm going to take their beginner's class because turns out it's much harder than it looks. Then we went home and watched the Sharks season opener - they won at home against Anaheim. :) (we got the Center Ice package through cable so we can watch all the San Jose games) Friday night we went and saw some future NHL players at a Winterhawks game with some new friends. Anyway, yay hockey. Saturday we ran and then went out and partied with Emily and some NBA players that were hanging out at the bar. That was hilarious.. let's just say a highlight was when I was "relating" to one of their injuries with some of my running injuries... Awesome. There was also karaoke involved. And a little 1:00 am phone call to Maritza about how much we miss her. Classic!

Back to running: it went well! I did an easy run Friday and then a long run on Saturday. We drove up the trailhead of the Leif Erikson trail in Forest Park- it's only a couple of miles from our house, but we wanted to run it all on the trail. It's not too hilly, but the first mile or two is a gradual climb and there are some rollers thrown in the rest of the route. My splits were all over the place, from 9:30 to a couple sub-8. I ate a couple Gus (mint chocolate, yum! and vanilla bean, meh) which I think I'll try for a while instead of blocks/gummies. They are just easier to consume.

Here's the stats and a couple of pictures:

Friday
5.0 miles/45:51/9:11 average pace

Saturday
17.0 miles/2:26:26/8:37 average pace
sweet!




total miles for the week: 47!

This week I have a couple big runs and then Sunday I'm racing a half marathon. I'm kinda nervous because I have no clue how I'll do. Setting a PR might be unreasonable, but could I come close? Who knows. Zach's mom and stepdad are driving out from Montana to stay with us for the weekend which will be very fun. We'll probably get out for a hike with them too.

Have a good Monday everyone!

15 comments:

*aron* said...

yayyy sounds like a FUN weekend!! awesome job on the run... those pics are so awesome!

good luck with week 5! (gah we are already in week 5?!?!)

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Awesome! I think all athletes can relate to each other, especially when it comes to injuries.

Good luck with the half marathon. Your training looks to have been good, so think positively and let it just happen.

Eed said...

And by "relate" you mean take shots with!

I can't believe you cranked out a long run and long fun all in one day. Good work!

leslie said...

I'm amazed at your 17-miler pace. And jealous. But mostly amazed! est of luck in the half...

Marathon Maritza said...

I love all the pictures you are putting to go along with your run posts...I feel like I'm getting to know a piece of Portland too!

And please feel free to drunk dial me any day...you guys were hysterical and made my day!

Kelly H. said...

Sounds like an awesome time of year out there in Portland. Glad you guys like it. Rock climbing? I think I'd need a lesson or five too.

ShirleyPerly said...

That trail looks so inviting! And awesome 17-miler. You look like you might be able to set a half marathon PR. Only one way to find out ;-)

ncrunner12 said...

What a great week, and I know how you feel about hockey season finally back in action.

Good luck with the half this weekend, can't wait to hear about it... hope you PR!

KK said...

Nice work Saturday night-you need to have a bender that involves professional athletes, karaoke and drunk dialing every once in a while!

Great mileage this week too-you are killing it. Good luck this weekend, I bet a PR is in the cards for you.

Petraruns said...

Love your photos - keep them coming. What an awesome week you've had - you sound very perky for a 47 mile week!

Ewen said...

You had a great pace going in that 17 mile run. The tempo/10mile workout was good too. You might as well go for it in the half - I'd say you're in shape for a PB if the course/weather etc is reasonable.

Good luck! Tell Zach to hold the camera steady when he takes the photos ;)

Cindy said...

drunk dialing? i love it!!
i was just at leif today, but not running 17 miles. you rock!
good luck sunday!

Gotta Run said...

Nice, strong totals for the week!!!

Michael said...

Wow, 17 miles? At 8:37? That's awesome! If I get back out to Portland, we'll do a long run in Forest Park together...I just did 17 on Sunday and averaged 7:58, so we could easily hang out on the trail...and, somehow, I think Forest Park is prettier than Central Park!

Paul said...

You have some serious trails out there!! You must be loving the move.