I feel behind last week so I am knocking out two weeks with one post.
I’m writing this from Silver Falls State park while relaxing in our Motorhome (which we have named Maude) after doing an 8 mile run along the Silver Falls Rim Trail. This is an out and back trail that takes you along the rim of the canyon. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the actual Canyon Trail, so my plan is to get the dog good and tired today, and leave her in the motorhome while I do a 12 mile run along the canyon trail tomorrow. Will pack everything up after the run and head to Belknap Hot Springs to meet the family and camp there for a few nights.
This is my first time to Silver Falls and I’m in awe at how beautiful it is. Living on the “Dry” side of the Cascades, I forget how green things are year round on the west side. Silver Falls main attraction is the Trail of 10 Waterfalls, which as you can already imagine is a trail that has 10 waterfalls (surprise!). This is the trail I plan on running tomorrow, will be sure to snap some photos.
One of the things I enjoy about running is the opportunity to explore new areas that I might otherwise never see. Last fall, we took a trip to Europe and some of the best memories for me was running in Brussels, Brugges, Luxembourg and Cologne. I find myself picking out camping spots or trips based on areas that can also be a run.
Last week was the first of my two twenty-mile training runs. I ran a route that I had previously ran and was able to do it about 25 minutes faster this time. At the end of the run I felt better physically than I recall feeling last time. I think a lot of it is just having the confidence that I can go the distance, there isn’t that constant questioning if you can do it or not.
This week is another recovery week, then I have the final training week before I start to taper for the marathon. I am going to try to find a route that is as flat as possible for the final 20 mile run. Eugene is a flat-as-a-pancake course and I’d like to see how my legs hold up under similar conditions.