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Waldo 100K

On Friday afternoon Seth and I headed out with another runner and Sailor for the Willamette Pass Ski Resort for the Waldo 100K taking place on Saturday. After we arrived, we set up the tent and headed into the lodge for the pasta dinner and then back outside for the race meeting. The race directors updated all the runners on the course conditions and some gave some good advice for having a good race being able to finish the race. The Waldo 100K is known for being one of the hardest 100K races around, and many runners have said that there are 100-mile races that are easier than Waldo!

Last year, Seth ended up with an injury during the race and walked the last 7 miles and finished in about 17 1/2  hours. This year he decided to take the early start in hopes of finishing before 9pm, so he could get a finishers hat this year (he missed it by less than 2 hours last year). The early start was at 3am, so Seth was off and running in the dark with the rest of the early starters. The regular start was at 5am, and Sailor was a bit restless in the tent when he heard people up and moving around (not to mention the chipmunk that was running laps around the tent). Thankfully, I was able to settle him back down so I could get another hour or so of sleep.

After breakfast, Sailor and I headed to the Charlton Lake Aid Station (mile 32) to wait for Seth to come through. We ended up getting there about an hour before anyone came through, but the weather was gorgeous and the breeze off the lake kept the mosquitoes at bay. It was really fun to see the leaders come flying through the aid station! Sailor was pretty popular with the kids at the lake so he got lots of pets and hugs while we waited for Seth.

Seth looked a bit tired as he came into Charlton Lake, but we got him set up with a dry hat, some pedialyte, and food and sent him on his way! Looking at the results from the race, a good portion of the people who dropped out of the race dropped at Charlton Lake. It was during the hottest part of the day and there wasn’t a lot of shade. Last year the weather was at least 15-20 degrees cooler….and I think it made a huge difference for the runners.

After we saw Seth at the lake, I headed back to the ski lodge and picked up our neighbor Marty who ran with Seth for the last 19 miles. We drove to The Twins trailhead and hiked the mile and a half up to the aid station. I didn’t manage to snap any pictures of Seth coming through the Twins, but he looked much better than he had at Charlton Lake! He loaded up with salt tablets, a bagel sandwich, more pedialyte and I made him take his head lamp…just in case. Marty and Seth took off from the aid station and Sailor and I headed back down the dusty, hot trail back to the car.

I drove back to the nearest town (29 miles away from the race) to order a pizza, fill the car with gas for the ride home and enjoy the air conditioning and lack of hungry mosquitoes in the car! After I got back to the ski resort, I packed up the tent and reorganized the back of the station wagon. Who knew 3 people and a dog could have SO. MUCH. STUFF for just one night!

This year the race director was announcing when runners had summited Maiden Peak, which is before the last aid station. I heard Seth’s name and knew he’d be coming into the finish within the next couple of hours provided he didn’t injure himself again! Then around 6:50pm (well before the 9pm “get a hat” cut-off!), they announced that Seth was coming towards the finish!

Seth sporting his finishers hat!

Seth’s official time was 15:50:52, just about 2 hours faster than last year! He was in much better shape following the race last year, and was able to walk into the house after we arrived home on his own two feet (last year…not so much).

Congrats Seth!

I’ll be back either later today or tomorrow with some weaving, sewing, and knitting!

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S.O.B. 50K and Crater Lake

Friday afternoon Seth and I headed down to Ashland, Oregon so that Seth could run the SOB 50K on Saturday. When we arrived in Ashland, we immediately parked downtown and headed to the local running store, Rogue Valley Runners. Seth picked up his shirt, and then we headed to the hotel to check-in and figure out where to eat. Ashland is  known for not being very dog-friendly, so we asked at the front desk about pasta places (gotta carb load before the race!) that do take out. One of the girls working recommended a small locally-owned place called Wiley’s World. Wow. It was FANTASTIC! They make all their own pasta from scratch, and many of their dishes are organic. They also have many gluten-free and vegan choices. Seth ordered some pasta primavera and strawberry-rhubarb cobbler, and I ordered spaghetti and marinara with meatballs. We waited outside with Sailor for our dinner and in the 20 minutes we were out there the entire place filled up!

Saturday morning I drove Seth up to Mount Ashland Ski Resort for the start of the race. Now, usually I drive to as many aid stations as I can to cheer on Seth, take pictures and bring him supplies. However, for this particular race, the runners weren’t allowed to have a crew. So instead, I headed back to the hotel and went back to sleep for a bit. After a nice nap and some breakfast, I headed back to downtown Ashland to hit up a fabric store and yarn shop. Obviously, no trip would be complete without a crafty stop somewhere! The fabric shop was phenomenal and I ended up buying some really awesome fabrics. The yarn shop was pretty awesome as well, and I picked up some yarn to weave fabric for a bag. More on those in a later post!

Seth had told me that he thought he would finish the race in about 7 hours, so I left the hotel and aimed to be there about an hour early to hopefully catch some other local runners crossing the finish line. When we got back up to the mountain, I parked, grabbed the camera, leashed up the dog and walked to the finish line with my chair and a bowl for Sailor fully expecting to sit and watch for an hour or so. As I was walking, I recognized the voice of one of the other local runners and turned around to say hello. Well, wouldn’t you know it…he was talking to Seth! Seth ended up finishing in 6 hours and 2 minutes! So…needless to say, I don’t have any pictures of him crossing the finish line! But, I do have one of him and Sailor hanging out at the ski resort.

And here’s a view facing the other way, of Mt. Shasta in California:

Look really closely, Mt. Shasta is the snowy one in the middle that is barely visible. 

We hung out for quite a while at Mt. Ashland Ski Area chatting with the other runners. When we got back into town we went to a great pizza place that had outdoor seating that allowed dogs. Delicious AND dog-friendly!

This morning we headed home with a detour through Crater Lake National Park. The East Rim Drive is still closed due to snow, but we drove up the West Rim Drive and took lots of photos and enjoyed the GORGEOUS weather!

View from the Rim Village

Wizard Island and Crater Lake

Amazing, isn’t it?!

I won’t make you suffer through a hundred more pictures of the lake! But how about a sneak peek at the Flamboyan Shawl and a shot of the ridiculous snowbanks at Crater Lake?

Ridiculous, right?!

I’ll do a Flamboyan post tomorrow! Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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Zion Traverse 50-Miler

Or 55-miler if your names are Seth and Chris! After arriving in Las Vegas last Friday night and spending the night, we headed to Zion National Park. On the way to the hotel, we took a bit of a detour to find the trailhead where I was planning on meeting the boys to bring them supplies during their run. We found the trailhead and parking lot without too much of a problem and happened to run into another runner who was 37-miles into the same 50-mile run. He gave Seth and Chris some advice on a poorly marked trail, and we headed farther up the road to try and find yet another spot where I could bring them food and water. However, there was quite a bit of flooding and access to another spot was impossible. After arriving at the hotel, we made a spaghetti dinner (gotta love carb-loading night!) and turned into bed early so that I could drive the boys to the East Entrance of the park to start their run.

We were out the door by 4am, and Seth and Chris were off and running by around 4:30 equipped with headlamps, water, food, and cameras for the amazing views in Zion. I was able to meet them in the park around 7:30am to bring them PB&J sandwiches and remind them to put sunscreen on. As soon as they arrived in the parking lot, they told me that both of their camera batteries had died already! Oops. Duct tape was taped to feet, sunscreen was applied, water was refilled, and PB&J sandwiches were inhaled…and then they were off again:

We had quite a few hours until the next meet-up, so my parents and I took the trolley through the park and took a short, but beautiful 2-mile hike at the very end of the park loop.

There were beautiful views and very bold squirrels! Including a squirrel who tried to steal trail mix right out of a lady’s pocket!

Later in the afternoon my Dad and I drove to the trailhead to meet the boys, and we waited, and waited, and waited some more. Just when I was starting to get worried and say things like, “If they don’t arrive in 45-minutes, I’m calling the Park Rangers”, they showed up. Apparently the poorly marked trail that the other runner told them about was reallllly poorly marked. The boys ended up running about 5-miles extra, which accounted for their lateness in arriving at that point in the run.

Of course, they had requested pizza for the end of their run. So, we headed back into town and ordered ourselves dinner and got some pizzas to go, and then headed back out to Lee’s Pass (the west end of the park) to wait for them to finish. Seth and Chris finished their 50-miler 55-miler, and were feeling good enough the next day to hike! A vast improvement on last year’s 50-mile adventure in the Grand Canyon. Naturally, they’re already planning the next “build-your-own-ultramarathon,” likely running some obscene number of miles around the base of Mt. Rainier (90-something miles over 3 days, I think).

I didn’t knit a single stitch while we were on vacation….but I did bind-off  a shawl tonight, so I swear there will be something fiber related on the blog soon!

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