"Cold Tubbing" with Brian Morrison, me, Jenny Appel, and Steve Stoyles at the completion of the Watershed 12 Hour in Redmond Washington.
Womens open winner Shawna Wilskey @ Watershed 12 Hr. with over 70 miles. Her first effort over 50 miles. Shawna has really made a splash on the West Coast running scene over the past year. She runs as hard as she did when she was racing sprint cars and winning event after event. Now she owns a company that builds race cars.
Mens winner Sam Thompson Watershed 12 Hr. with just under 80 miles and a new course record. Sam was the first American to run 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 days.
Jenny Appel and Steve Stoyles finishing goal of 50 miles. They let me pace them the last 7 miles or so of their run. Jenny is training for her first 100 mile at Cascade Crest in late August.
Bob Stoyles still running strong at 80 years old. Tough guys wear cotton shirts!
Sometimes you need to choose the most difficult path to get to where you need to be.
Does this toad have a look of relief in his eyes? I'm just wondering because I took the picture shortly after it took a pee in Jonathan's hand.
Myself and Jonathan Bernard trying to speculate our whereabouts.
Linda Barton warming herself by the faux fire. This fireplace is a remnant of days past on Squak Mt.
Jamie & Linda on our first 15 mile loop on Cougar Mt. Shortly after we got to see the field of runners participating in the Cougar Mt. 5 mile trail run put on by Seattle Running. Our route which was the North Face 50 mile course followed a section of the race course.
After being stung by some new growth nettles I did some research and found that contrary to my initial opinion and curses of this being a useless plant they are a often used holistic treatment. Apparently the tea, raw leaves, and roots have well documented medicinal properties. One being lowing blood pressure which may be useful if I keep getting stung by the ones that hang into the trails. I guess nettles are better than poison oak or poison ivy.
Well that is a consolidated version of my weekend. I got in 34 miles on Saturday with some good vertical at Cougar & Squak Mts. Had fun running the first 26.5 miles with Linda, Jonathan, and Jamie. We had visions of running 50 miles but I think everyone is still recovering from recent long runs. We decided to bail and go to Watershed and see all our buddies. Linda, Jonathan, and I all had a blast running as pacers for the last few miles of the Watershed. Jonathan paced with Sam Thompson the eventual winner. I ran a fast 5 mile loop at Pt. Defiance in Tacoma on Sunday to wrap the weekend up.
I'm back! I'm back!
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