Saturday, January 10, 2009

Return to Routine


Rob, Jenny, me, Margaret, First Call Marathon (photo by Rich Walter)


A view of the trail at Last Chance Marathon. I don't know who the runners are!

It's been a quiet week around here. Eric and I are both back to our regular routine of running and work. We also made an effort to give up on all the junk food we've been eating and get back to our normal patterns. I even managed to shake my chocolate habit! Hallelujah cupcake!


Birthday party.

We had a fun evening with the Run Club on my birthday, followed by a couple of five mile weekend runs for me. I tried to go easy this week, skipping my usual second run on Thursday and accumulating 27 miles total. Since I've had heavy and tired legs all week, I decided to pass on the mudfest that Eric and the others are participating in today. When Eric told me that Bridle Trails would be like the shoe-sucking upper section of the R2R course that I ran last spring, with the addition of a thigh-high pool of water and horse poop, skipping it seemed like the logical thing to do. Especially since I have the half-ass at Capitol Peak next Saturday, which is a mud-fest in it's own right. I ran 7.5 this morning and my legs still felt fatigued - I really hope that clears up before the race!


Birthday party.

As you probably heard on the news, we had torrential rains (for well over 24 hours), high winds and warm temps (around 50) this week, on top of our recent snowfall, which led to flooding all over our area. All three mountain passes to the eastern side of the state were closed due to slides and high avalanche danger, plus a 20 mile section of I5 south of here was flooded, as well as sections to the north, effectively cutting off all road routes to or from our corner of the world. The trains were also halted between here and Oregon, leaving air travel as the only way in and out. And, of course, Riley needed to get back to Pullman to start classes next Monday. The original plan was for him to drive back on Wednesday, but by then we were cut off. Thursday evening we made alternate plans, making plane and shuttle reservations for today. Friday morning Stevens Pass was open (way out of the way, but do-able) and the prediction was that Snoqualmie would open soon. It wasn't long till the announcement was made that the pass was open, so Riley loaded the car and headed out. I'm happy to say that he and Heather arrived safely last night. WSU is a good six hour drive from here, and I always feel relieved when I hear that they are safe in the dorms.

By the way, we are quite safe from the flooding, as we live on a hill above the river valley. You've read about our runs in Orting - which is in the valley that lies between the hill we live on and the hill Rob lives on. The valley takes a turn just to the east of us, turning into the Puyallup valley - where the original town of Puyallup (and the world-famous fairgrounds) lie. We live on what is known as the South Hill, and of course, the valley runs between us and the North Hill. All of the rails-to-trails routes we run lie in the two valleys. Last years flooding caused damage to the Orting Trail section, and that area was covered again this year, as well as the River Walk section in Puyallup. We'll soon find out if the trails were damaged. There's been a lot of damage through out the state, particularly in Lewis County, which was hit hard by flooding just a year ago.

And the last thing I'll mention, is that I thoroughly enjoyed running in the downpour, with blowing winds, yet oddly warm. I love running on stormy mornings!

15 comments:

wendy said...

stormy mornings sure beat the extreme heat!

SO glad I didn't have to spank your child, and super glad he made it over the pass in good shape. =)

justrun said...

Go you!

Rain is 1,000 times better than snow-- or maybe that's just me.

Hopefully the trails, among other things, aren't too badly damaged.

Annette said...

The weather sure has been crazy lately! We are supposed to hit 50 next week and stay there for awhile. Weird, but I won't complain - especially since it's supposed to be dry for awhile. :) I hope you guys get the dry weather too!

Darrell said...

You sure have had you fair share of odd weather this winter.

Returning to the routine this week after two weeks off, free to do as I please, was a difficult transition. Things will seem normal again by the end of this week I suspect.

Wes said...

You guys have been having some crazy weather! I'm glad y'all were "high and dry"!

Sunshine said...

Last year I heard that global warming would mean more storms. I guess so...
We have been paying particular attention to the storm reports from WA-OR ... but specifics are a bit thin all the way back here.
And so I especially appreciate reading your blog.
I had my birthday, too, and think it is a little harder to get back to longer running after all those holidays.
Congratulations always for your running!

King Arthur said...

Hey Michelle, that's me in the orange shirt.

Jenny, Maniac #401 said...

I love the rain too!
Jenny

robtherunner said...

Rest and recover! It's time to ramp things up a bit. Glad to hear Riley made it back to Pullman safely.

Thomas said...

I've heard about the floods in Oregon and am mightily relieved that you are not directly affected.

Happy belated Birthday wishes from over here!

Laura H said...

Rest and your spring will return soon - in time for the shoe-sucking mud fun at Capitol Peak half ass. The course is a bit changed - I couldn't figure out if the worst would be avoided. Doesn't matter for me - I'm confined to a nice hike this weekend. Have a great time - I'll miss you all!! And so glad you were spared the flooding - must have been all those thoughts I was sending your way! ;-)

Anne said...

That's some violent weather you've had up there. Glad Riley made it back to campus safe and sound.

olga said...

I am back to routine as well, but still adjusting. Too long of a break I had...

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Michelle!
I really enjoyed running with you and Jessica at Pigtails run... it was fun to chat with you gals!
Gail

lizzie lee said...

Yes, running in the downpour when warm has its enchantment, and certainly it is delightful. I totally agree!!! But I have not been lucky to have those warm temperatures when it rains in the PNW.

All I get here is downpour and cold temperatures, and when I finished is like if I had a deep dive in Lake Washington, and am ready for ER!