It’s been a whirlwind last month of running and driving. I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to run in some beautiful places. After running Western States in the end of June, I didn’t have any races planned right away, just playing it by ear. I got an e-mail from my friend and race director of the McCall Trail Running Classic here in Idaho and he invited me to come up and race. It is definitely one of my favorite races, I missed it last year because of Speedgoat. I jumped on the opportunity and headed up to McCall to camp and race. The longer course is 40 miles and it is both beautiful and challenging. Very steep climbs, several off trail sections, a boulder field and amazing views that made for an epic race. I ended up finishing first woman and 4th overall, it was a great day.
The following weekend I packed up my camping stuff again and headed to Grandjean which is a campground in the Sawtooth National Wilderness here in Idaho. The Sawtooths are truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Several of my friends and I had decided to make this an annual running/camping trip after having an amazing time last year. I got up there on Friday and went for a shorter run. Saturday morning we headed out earlier and planned a route running from Grandjean to Redfish lake, about 26 miles, and a few that weren’t running the whole way would shuttle and pick us up. The route was breathtaking, with striking blue high mountain lakes and rugged trails. I think we were between 9,000 and 10,000 ft at the highest point. We ended the day with a community dinner, drinking, and soaking in the hot springs that are along the river we were camped by. The next morning we got up and ran a shorter route to Trail Lake which is another amazing high mountain lake before packing up and heading home.
The next week I had the opportunity to coach at the Mazamas Mountain Running Camp at Mt Hood in Oregon. This was the 2nd year of the camp. It went so well the first year, the director decided to allow more runners in the camp and added 2 more coaches so Jason Leman and I joined Yassine Diboun and Amy Sproston coaching. We had an amazing group of campers encompassing lots of age groups and abilities but all with great attitudes, it was a blast. We hiked and got to know each other Friday evening after everyone arrived. Saturday was packed full of running activities - A dawn patrol run, breakfast, boot camp session with lots of running specific exercises and stretching, a mountain safety course, lunch, a session of uphill running, power hiking, downhill running and running on technical terrain. Next we took the vans to Trillium lake where we swam and cooled off and then had a Q & A session based on training plans. We returned to the lodge for dinner, movie night, and then an optional night run. Everyone was ready for bed after that! Sunday we had breakfast and headed up to Timberline lodge where we would finish off camp with a 14 mile run to Ramona falls on the Timberline trail. At Ramona Falls, Amy and I separated from the camp as they finished up and were heading back to Portland. We continued running to complete the circumnavigation of Mt. Hood. It was such a fantastic run and much more challenging than I anticipated. There was a ton of climbing and lots of stream and river crossings, most coming from glaciers so the water was cold! We spent the day completing the run and finished up near 7 p.m. back at Timberline lodge. I got in the car and drove home, arriving in Boise around 3:30 a.m.
Finally, last week I headed to Park City with my friend Holly who owns The Pulse Running and Fitness, a running store here in town and our friend Beth who manages the store. We went to attend the Summer Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City and play in Park City. It was wonderful to run the trails in Park City, there is some beautiful single track there!
I am looking forward to a weekend home, especially since I just adopted a new dog this week, a great new running partner. Upcoming I am helping Holly with a new race she is putting on here in Boise up at Bogus Basin Ski Resort called Resort to Rock, there is a 60K and 32K. It’s going to be an awesome course! I am pacing a good friend in her first 100 miler at Wasatch and then looking forward to racing at UROC in Auburn, CA this year.