Monday, December 12 2005 @ 01:17 PM EST Contributed by: chuck Views: 1025
We had a great day on Sunday and 4 of us took advantage. We did an up an over run of Lookout Mountain.
At over 2,300 feet it is the tallest of the mountains within a 15 minute drive of town. We are so incredibly lucky to live in Bellingham and this run served as further proof. We had stellar views of the San Juan Islands, Canadian costal ranges and the Cascades. Meanwhile below, most of town was shrouded in fog and ice.
Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 04:56 PM EST Contributed by: chuck Views: 994
This was an interesting week for trail running in Bellingham. On Sunday I had a three plus hour run with 2 hours in 6 to 10 inches of snow. It was up on a bike riding Mecca of a mountain, Galbraith. This is a tough, very confusing trail system. If you count the roads there is more than 60 miles of runable terrain. With the snow making things all the more confusing and obscuring the views route finding was tough and I ended up running an hour more than I expected. I only realized I was going in circles when I saw my own foot prints. Unknown to me, this was a harbinger of things to come.
Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 02:21 PM EST Contributed by: bean Views: 901
Question: What happens when the TrailHeads invade a local trail run?
Answer: They dominate the field! OK, maybe 'dominate' is a little strong but we did each manage to win age group place awards. Most of us barely and some of us decisively.
Goofus chauffered myself, Schnyzl, and Taz to the race where we also ran into Siren (Syren?) just before the start of the race. After a somewhat frantic pre-race scramble to get through registration and dressed before the start we were sent on our way.
There was a good crowd of nearly 300 runners between the 7 and 14 milers. We had a stretch of paved and then gravel road to spread us out a bit before the actual trail started. The course is pretty tame and mostly quite wide. Passing/getting passed were no problem. The course wasn't too hilly and the tread is much smoother than the Bolin Creek trails with much less roots and rocks. My race strategy was to try to hang with Taz as long as I could. I was successful but "as long as I could" turned out to be about 200 yards.
During the first 7 mile lap I had folks around most of the time but on the second lap I was alone almost the whole way. There was one guy though, who was impolite enough to pass me on that second lap. I believe there were about 200 7 milers and about 100 14 milers.
Taz, Goofus, and I waited an embarassingly long time for the awards ceremony. (Schnyzl found someone else to take her home - I guess she wasn't as focused on her moment of glory receiving an award...) Originally there was not supposed to be an awards ceremony but there was a rumour floating around that there would be. I found out later that they did eventually have it but there must have only been about 3 people left by the time they got things sorted out.
When the result were posted on Monday they showed the star as Taz with an 8th place finish and 1st in his age group. Syren was 2nd in her age group and Schnizl, Goofus and I all secured 3rd place age group awards. Looking at the results you'll find that Goofus is reported to have only done the 7 mile. He claims to have run the 14 -- perhaps he spent some time "flying" backwards?
Thursday, December 01 2005 @ 02:06 PM EST Contributed by: chuck Views: 915
We had a wonderful trail night last Wednesday in Bellingham. Seven runners turned out and one hooked up with us midway on the trail. We did a short one as we were unsure of the snow conditions up high and one of our regulars was going to run in the Canadian cross country national meet in Vancouver. As one of two registered U.S. runners he should make all American.
Monday, November 28 2005 @ 05:49 PM EST Contributed by: chuck Views: 1200
First of all let me say how much I hate viruses. The one that chose me as a host last month kept me off the trails for 3 weeks. Second of all let me say how much I hate water heaters. Anyway I'm finally on the trails again.