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Post  ounce on Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:31 pm

A working HRM!  How nice.  How ready for Mt Hood are y'all?  Will Alec help or has he already contracted senioritis?
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Post  nkrichards on Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:40 pm

Hope you enjoyed your visit with Michele on Monday evening.  It worked out well that we could drop her at the airport to check in and she could spend a bit of time with you before her red eye flight.
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Post  ounce on Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:23 pm

@nkrichards wrote:Hope you enjoyed your visit with Michele on Monday evening.  It worked out well that we could drop her at the airport to check in and she could spend a bit of time with you before her red eye flight.
I just hope he wore shoes.  Red wine probably helped Miche1e.
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Post  Mark B on Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:40 pm

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@nkrichards wrote:Hope you enjoyed your visit with Michele on Monday evening.  It worked out well that we could drop her at the airport to check in and she could spend a bit of time with you before her red eye flight.
I just hope he wore shoes.  Red wine probably helped Miche1e.

We picked Michele up at the airport and took her to a nice restaurant with tables overlooking the Columbia River. We sat there and enjoyed dinner and some very nice local microbrew, as well as each other's company. We dropped her back off at the airport with less than two hours to spare before her flight left.

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We definitely have to do this more often. Very Happy

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Post  Mark B on Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:41 pm

Barefoot Run: 2.29 miles with Alita

Weather: Partly cloudy, 68° Gear: Bare feet, shorts, T.

We've done poorly at getting runs in lately, so it was nice that we made it out today. And barefoot, no less!

My tootsies enjoyed the run especially. Even Alita's landings were getting more gentle as we progressed.

Looking forward to school getting out so we can do runs before work without being up ridiculously early. That will help a lot.

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Post  nkrichards on Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:49 am

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@nkrichards wrote:Hope you enjoyed your visit with Michele on Monday evening.  It worked out well that we could drop her at the airport to check in and she could spend a bit of time with you before her red eye flight.
I just hope he wore shoes.  Red wine probably helped Miche1e.

We picked Michele up at the airport and took her to a nice restaurant with tables overlooking the Columbia River. We sat there and enjoyed dinner and some very nice local microbrew, as well as each other's company. We dropped her back off at the airport with less than two hours to spare before her flight left.

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We definitely have to do this more often. Very Happy
 Michele would have enjoyed a local microbrew especially with good company and good conversation.  You should have just taken her back to your house though...she cooked restaurant quality meals for us at the house in Victoria!
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Post  Mark B on Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:49 pm

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@nkrichards wrote:Hope you enjoyed your visit with Michele on Monday evening.  It worked out well that we could drop her at the airport to check in and she could spend a bit of time with you before her red eye flight.
I just hope he wore shoes.  Red wine probably helped Miche1e.

We picked Michele up at the airport and took her to a nice restaurant with tables overlooking the Columbia River. We sat there and enjoyed dinner and some very nice local microbrew, as well as each other's company. We dropped her back off at the airport with less than two hours to spare before her flight left.

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We definitely have to do this more often. Very Happy
 Michele would have enjoyed a local microbrew especially with good company and good conversation.  You should have just taken her back to your house though...she cooked restaurant quality meals for us at the house in Victoria!

Heh. She did mention enjoying cooking for you folks. And being surprised to find Atlantic farmed salmon being sold at the Victoria B.C. Whole Foods! I mean, really?? BC has got some of the best salmon on the planet! I heard she did you right, though.

We also resolved some confusion about my heritage. Yes, I lived in California for a number of years out of necessity, but I was born and raised in Eugene and graduated from the University of Oregon. I was a Duck decades before being a Duck was cool.

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Post  Mark B on Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:02 pm

Rainy Trail Run: 4.04 miles with Alita

Weather: Overcast, some rain. 58° Gear: Terraventures, shorts, T, jacket, hat.

Got a late start today, so we did a shorter trail run on wet singletrack at Whipple Creek Park. Some of the newly established trails were delightfully slippery with mud. Neither of us ended up on our backside, though I've got mud up my legs. We're well behind where we'd like to be training for the 25K in July, but I'm confident that we'll be in good enough shape to have a good time out there and not kill ourselves trying. :-)

Walked first and last 5 minutes or so. Average HR for entire run: 122

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Post  ounce on Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:17 pm

What have been the temps for the past races?  I imagine it has the potential to be quite cool, especially when the sun hides behind the mountains, which is something I don't experience on these flat roads I traverse.  Trees obstructing the sun in December is about the only thing to which I can compare.

Are any of those trails for the race suitable for biking, when there isn't a race?

Keep up that training, sir, and before you know it, you'll be planning another attempt at a longer distance.
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Post  Mark B on Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:32 am

@ounce wrote:What have been the temps for the past races?  I imagine it has the potential to be quite cool, especially when the sun hides behind the mountains, which is something I don't experience on these flat roads I traverse.  Trees obstructing the sun in December is about the only thing to which I can compare.

Are any of those trails for the race suitable for biking, when there isn't a race?

Keep up that training, sir, and before you know it, you'll be planning another attempt at a longer distance.

In July, it can get fairly cool at night, but it warms up during the day. It's not particularly high altitude -- about 4,000 feet -- so afternoon temperatures in the 70s and lows in the 40s to 50s aren't uncommon. If there's a rain system, it can get cooler, but that's rare for July.

Part of the trail is the Pacific Crest Trail. I'm sure some mountain bikers would love the trails, but I'm not sure if they're allowed.

And yes, we're hoping to keep slowly building and get back to something next year. We'll see how it goes.

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Post  Mark B on Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:43 am

Walk: 2.28 Miles with Alita

We needed to get outside after work today, but didn't feel like running, so we went for a nice walk, talking and being together. It was nice.

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Post  nkrichards on Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:59 am

@Mark B wrote:Walk: 2.28 Miles with Alita

We needed to get outside after work today, but didn't feel like running, so we went for a nice walk, talking and being together. It was nice.
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Post  Mark B on Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:41 am

Been absent a few days, much out of embarrassment.

I got a new set of Nike testers, which happened to be a bit on the short side, so I trimmed my toenails shorter than usual.

And I went too far. Initially, I could barely wear a shoe on one foot, and even going without shoes was uncomfortable. That was this weekend. It's starting to toughen up now (at least it's stopped bleeding), so maybe I'll be able to do something in another few days. Sheesh.

At least Alec made it out of his junior year in high school, and Alita is done with her school year, too. Whew! On to summer.

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Post  nkrichards on Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:25 am

@Mark B wrote:Been absent a few days, much out of embarrassment.

I got a new set of Nike testers, which happened to be a bit on the short side, so I trimmed my toenails shorter than usual.

And I went too far. Initially, I could barely wear a shoe on one foot, and even going without shoes was uncomfortable. That was this weekend. It's starting to toughen up now (at least it's stopped bleeding), so maybe I'll be able to do something in another few days. Sheesh.

At least Alec made it out of his junior year in high school, and Alita is done with her school year, too. Whew! On to summer.
That doesn't sound good at all!  Hope it's continuing to heal.

Speaking of Alec...has he made a decision about college?  I remember that he visited Oregon and wasn't overly impressed...and you weren't to disappointed due to the high cost of going out of state...

Hope the family is enjoying summer...
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Post  Mark B on Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:07 am

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@Mark B wrote:Been absent a few days, much out of embarrassment.

I got a new set of Nike testers, which happened to be a bit on the short side, so I trimmed my toenails shorter than usual.

And I went too far. Initially, I could barely wear a shoe on one foot, and even going without shoes was uncomfortable. That was this weekend. It's starting to toughen up now (at least it's stopped bleeding), so maybe I'll be able to do something in another few days. Sheesh.

At least Alec made it out of his junior year in high school, and Alita is done with her school year, too. Whew! On to summer.
That doesn't sound good at all!  Hope it's continuing to heal.

Speaking of Alec...has he made a decision about college?  I remember that he visited Oregon and wasn't overly impressed...and you weren't to disappointed due to the high cost of going out of state...

Hope the family is enjoying summer...

Hi Nancy! The exposed nailbed is finally starting to toughen up. I was able to go for a nice walk yesterday at lunch. We should be running again soon. It is amazing, though, how much discomfort can come from such a tiny area. I've had broken toes that hurt less! Crazy.

No decision about college yet, but we are driving over to Washington State University's main campus in Pullman for a campus visit on Monday. What makes this interesting is that this was Alec's idea. He seemed to like WSU's Vancouver campus, which is almost within walking distance of our house, but I'm wondering if the idea of being away from Mom and Dad is starting to gain some appeal. From everything I hear from my co-workers who went to WSU, Pullman is a small town in the middle of nowhere. It will be interesting to see how he reacts. One other difference: WSU's Vancouver campus has about 3,000 students. WSU's main campus has about 30,000.  Shocked

Speaking of classes, Alec finally decided it was time for him to do driving school! He starts in July. His motivation? A 2006 Toyota Prius being gifted to us by relatives. They'd let their daughters drive it in high school, but got them new vehicles when they started college. They had an extra car on their hands after all that, and asked if we'd like it. Since we have a 97 Contour and 99 Escort, I can't see why they'd think that. Very Happy

Anyway, we're picking it up next week. Looking forward to it. They even rehabbed the battery for us (they're electrical engineers), so that'll help a lot.

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Post  nkrichards on Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:30 am

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@Mark B wrote:Been absent a few days, much out of embarrassment.

I got a new set of Nike testers, which happened to be a bit on the short side, so I trimmed my toenails shorter than usual.

And I went too far. Initially, I could barely wear a shoe on one foot, and even going without shoes was uncomfortable. That was this weekend. It's starting to toughen up now (at least it's stopped bleeding), so maybe I'll be able to do something in another few days. Sheesh.

At least Alec made it out of his junior year in high school, and Alita is done with her school year, too. Whew! On to summer.
That doesn't sound good at all!  Hope it's continuing to heal.

Speaking of Alec...has he made a decision about college?  I remember that he visited Oregon and wasn't overly impressed...and you weren't to disappointed due to the high cost of going out of state...

Hope the family is enjoying summer...

Hi Nancy! The exposed nailbed is finally starting to toughen up. I was able to go for a nice walk yesterday at lunch. We should be running again soon. It is amazing, though, how much discomfort can come from such a tiny area. I've had broken toes that hurt less! Crazy.

No decision about college yet, but we are driving over to Washington State University's main campus in Pullman for a campus visit on Monday. What makes this interesting is that this was Alec's idea. He seemed to like WSU's Vancouver campus, which is almost within walking distance of our house, but I'm wondering if the idea of being away from Mom and Dad is starting to gain some appeal. From everything I hear from my co-workers who went to WSU, Pullman is a small town in the middle of nowhere. It will be interesting to see how he reacts. One other difference: WSU's Vancouver campus has about 3,000 students. WSU's main campus has about 30,000.  Shocked

Speaking of classes, Alec finally decided it was time for him to do driving school! He starts in July. His motivation? A 2006 Toyota Prius being gifted to us by relatives. They'd let their daughters drive it in high school, but got them new vehicles when they started college. They had an extra car on their hands after all that, and asked if we'd like it. Since we have a 97 Contour and 99 Escort, I can't see why they'd think that. Very Happy

Anyway, we're picking it up next week. Looking forward to it. They even rehabbed the battery for us (they're electrical engineers), so that'll help a lot.
Interesting that Alec hasn't been interested in driving.  Our kids couldn't wait but I think that comes from living in the country and having parents that are to busy to run them around.  Hope he/you survive learning to drive!

It's funny to see what kids choose when it's time to head off to college.  Katie wanted to get as far away from Madras as she could.  She went to Florida to study aerospace engineering.  She did a couple internships with a subcontractor and worked in/on the shuttles.  Awesome experience.  Then she decided that she missed out on to much family stuff and did not want to live in Florida or Houston.  She moved back to Oregon and switched to computer engineering at OSU.  The boys both went to OSU.  Gary because it was an agriculture school and close enough that he could keep his "Gary's Custom Stacking" business going.  Gary attended school for 7 years, eventually entered an electrical apprenticeship and now has his own electrical business.   Kevin because he had a full ride scholarship with awesome opportunities.  He finished with degrees in economics and math and then did his masters work in economics and public policy at Georgetown.  And hes the one who came back to the farm!

The nice thing is that in today's society it's OK to change your mind and do something different if what you choose originally doesn't work out.  It isn't like when our parents...and we to a certain extent...were growing up and stayed at the same job for life.

Good luck to you and Alec as he navigates his Senior year and plans for his future.

Hope the toes are continuing to heal...
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Post  nkrichards on Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:35 pm

You're getting down to the wire...are you and Alita still planning to run Mt. Hood on the 15th?

I'm hoping to run drive up and say 'hi' at the start if we aren't to busy on the farm.
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Post  Mark B on Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:22 am

Oh, uh. Hi! Been pretty bad about posting here recently. It's been an interesting summer so far.

I sort of got promoted at work and saw my workload increase significantly as a result, school got out, we did a campus visit at WSU in far eastern Washington (we may end up with a Coug in the family), then flew on mileage points down to Sacramento where we picked up a hand-me-down car from Alita's family so we could have enough cars for whenever Alec finally gets his license. (Or if one of our cars dies first.) We drove back and stopped at the coast, and then I dove back into work again when we got home.

So with all that, and other things, we've done only a little running in the past several weeks.

We plan on doing the 25K (and it'll be fun to see you), but it's going to be tougher than it might have otherwise been. We're planning to drive up for a course preview this weekend, so we'll get a better sense of what we'll be running.

Cross your fingers! We'll be getting through this on grit and stubbornness. But we'll get through it.

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Post  Mark B on Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:40 am

Trail Run: 15.1 miles with Alita near Mount Hood
Weather: Hotter than expected. High of 93° Gear: Terraventures, shorts, T, hydration pack filled only halfway (mistake). Hat.

We're a week out from our 25K, with virtually no training in the past couple of months, so we did the only logical thing: We went up to the course and did nearly the entire race distance.

I said it was logical. I didn't say it was smart.

Anyway, we didn't' quite get the whole course done -- though we did almost get the full distance -- thanks to some poorly marked trail junctions that got us off course and thoroughly lost at one point. Okay, "lost" may be a stretch -- we new where we were generally, and we could have always backtracked -- but it did take a lot of map and compass consultation before realizing that we'd taken a wrong turn. Fixing our location didn't fix our problem, though, since we were on a gravel Forest Service road in 93 degree heat and limited shade. We faced either a long slog of shame on that road, or a longer path going the other way on the road until we could reconnect with the route. Ego demanded redemption, so we took the longer path.

It went pretty well, though we ran out of fluids. And Alita's knee started giving her problems. And it took hours longer than expected. Not that I could track time or distance, since my Garmin's battery died. (It's buttons died earlier.) We hiked a good portion of the way, which seemed like a good idea to prevent injury, and besides: we were pretty much shot at that point. I ended up tracking distance using the "Health" function on my iPhone, which apparently uses GPS and appears pretty accurate.

So we survived and aren't too much the worse for wear, and we have proof that we can manage the distance one way or the other next week.. (It also reminded us that we need to get back to our strength training, but that's another story.)


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Post  nkrichards on Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:38 pm

Wait...you did what?  I'd say that's taper madness at it's best but it wasn't a taper by any stretch of the imagination.  I know that you and Alita will be fine and you'll walk when you need to but just a reminder...stay safe out there!  It's going to be HOT this weekend.

I'm still hoping to make it up to the start line to say "hi".  Dr. Beckerman is running the 50K and they start right after you I think.  We are swamped on the farm so there is a chance I won't make it.  Things are slowing down a bit so I'm hopeful.

Interesting that Alec is interested in the small town college campus far from home...  

If I don't see you at the start line...stay safe and have fun...
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Post  ounce on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:10 am

Gratz (or you poor thing) on your sort of promotion.  And the new-to-you car.  I understand the Prius battery has something like a 100,000 mile useful life before replacement.  I'll let you search the price. Shocked  Anyway, good luck with it.  A Prius has been recommended to me, should my Malibu in hospice finally give up the ghost.  I hope the Ford doesn't get jealous.

I would bet your wayward journey will pay dividends, this weekend, by 'test drowning' the body last weekend.  Shrewd training plan.

Hey!  I have an idea for the first aftermarket purchase for the Prius



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Post  Mark B on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:37 am

@ounce wrote:Gratz (or you poor thing) on your sort of promotion.  And the new-to-you car.  I understand the Prius battery has something like a 100,000 mile useful life before replacement.  I'll let you search the price. Shocked  Anyway, good luck with it.  A Prius has been recommended to me, should my Malibu in hospice finally give up the ghost.  I hope the Ford doesn't get jealous.

I would bet your wayward journey will pay dividends, this weekend, by 'test drowning' the body last weekend.  Shrewd training plan.

Hey!  I have an idea for the first aftermarket purchase for the Prius



Curb feelers and 20" Dubs!  Oh, yeah. Cool Cool Cool Cool

As luck would have it, the people who gave us the car are both electrical engineer types. So when the battery started giving the red triangle of death right after they offered the car to us, they took it up as a challenge to rehab the battery themselves. It took a few months, YouTube videos and probably plenty of cussing, but they got it done. Cost to us? Two beers. Gotta love family.

As for the job, thanks on both counts. Our editor is out this week, and a position for another subeditor remains open until we find a suitable candidate, so that means it's this inmate's job to run the asylum. Fun!

Those wheels and rims are the bomb. But what would the feelers do for wind resistance? It's all about the hypermiling, baby! Cool

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Post  Mark B on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:39 am

@nkrichards wrote:Wait...you did what?  I'd say that's taper madness at it's best but it wasn't a taper by any stretch of the imagination.  I know that you and Alita will be fine and you'll walk when you need to but just a reminder...stay safe out there!  It's going to be HOT this weekend.

I'm still hoping to make it up to the start line to say "hi".  Dr. Beckerman is running the 50K and they start right after you I think.  We are swamped on the farm so there is a chance I won't make it.  Things are slowing down a bit so I'm hopeful.

Interesting that Alec is interested in the small town college campus far from home...  

If I don't see you at the start line...stay safe and have fun...

Taper? Heck, this past weekend seemed like our only training run getting ready for the whole shebang! affraid

Hope our extra sun exposure last weekend will help us come race day. At least we'll be starting at 8, not 10 like we did on Sunday. That ought to help. As will aid stations.

Hope you can make it up. It'd be fun!


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Post  Mark B on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:41 am

Oh, one teensey little thing I neglected to mention earlier.

On our adventure Sunday, the mosquitoes ate Alita alive. We counted 44 bites on her last night.

Me? I had ZERO bites. Guess they preferred someone sweeter.

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Post  nkrichards on Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:13 pm

Well we know who is the sweet one in the family.

I'll let you know how things are going on the farm.  Would love to come see you off and say 'hi' to Dr. Beckerman on Sunday morning.
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