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Saturday's Run: a.k.a. "Get Your Rear in Gear"

Last Friday, when the weekly email came from our local run-planning-expert, I scanned the email to find our starting point, check the distance, and was thrilled with the scrumptious words and double-digit numbers my eyes brought into focus.  We were starting at the Farmer's Market (and ending there - fresh breakfast, anyone?), and doing 10-11 miles.  Perfect!  The initial email had no map of the route or elevation map, so I just planned to follow the group, no biggie. Later that evening, a second email with more details arrived to my Inbox, and again, I paid it little heed, knowing I would do an extra 1-2 miles prior to the run, I was focusing on going to bed so I could get up a little early.  To be honest, I am happy I didn't look to closely at the route or see the elevation map, or I would have been a little more nervous about the words at the end of the message that declared: "This is going to be a butt-burner!"

Yep.  And, man oh, man, that was no lie!

PDX Church sunrise 3:29:14

Forest Park 3:29:14

Forest park Wildwood 3:29:14

Newt Forest Park 3:29:14

Up Vista Bridge 3:29:14

PDX panorama 3:29:14

Downhill Run 3:29:14

We all made it to the end of this run.  A day later, I felt soreness I have not felt in... Months, truthfully, probably not since last year's marathon at St. George.  I learned that my 'hills' on my daily run are nothing compared to what we conquered Saturday.  And that was only (I say only because I know what I am up against in July for the Siskiyou Outback) 400 feet gain/loss (albeit three times!).  

In June, I plan to tackle some serious hills, and some altitude.  Does anyone want to join me for some long runs at Timberline?

After our run, and perusing the Farmer's Market, I made my way home and took a bath.  The first bath I've taken in over five months, and the first in this new home.  I love this tub, and I do not know why I ever "forget" or do not make time for baths.  Self care is SO important!  (and it was SO deliciously relaxing...)

Rest Rejuvenate Bath

Next weekend, we are being treated to a flat course.  For this, I am grateful - I am scheduled to run 17 miles, and I do not know how I would make it through 17 miles of hills like last weekend!

What distance are you tackling this weekend?

Until next time, Happy running!  And always remember to treat yourself with care.  :)  You deserve it!!!

with joy in movement (and in rest), ~Alaina

Fair Weather Runner No More! ... Or Not

Grateful days - 11.5 mile Trail Run and 100 Posts Completed