I've been a lazy updater! Before I talk about the hike I went on with Anise last Saturday, I wanted to give myself a little happy pat on the back. Since Xmas I decided I should probably get a little more serious about losing the extra weight I've gained from being a bit less active. I realized that I mentioned it a lot and it was just bringing me down so I became one of those calorie counter people. (I know! yuck!) But it works! I am here to report that 20 days later I'm down a healthy (and respectable) 7lbs. Do I look much different? Nope! Things fit a little better but it's more just a confidence booster at this point.
I've started training again for my 1/2 on April 1st. Last year at the Race for the Roses I ran the 5k but I signed up for the 1/2 this year. I signed up really early because that's when you get the pretty great deals and this was a pretty great race (with lots and lots of goodies at the end - bagels, yoghurt, fruit, granola, free lbs of coffee, a free finisher picture, an awesome shirt - and who doesn't love all that stuff? Okay, to be honest, I've not really been training very seriously, just getting outside for 3-5 mile runs - but it's a start. I did load up my google training calender with runs though. Same with last time, it's more of a "suggestion". I don't do well with running schedules (especially because of weather variables) but the calender does act as a reminder of where I should be so I can somewhat stay on track!
The only other races I have planned right now are the one at the end of January (because it was free!), the Shamrock run with Cliff and Kim (yay!), and Run Girlfriend Run at the end of May with Anise. If the Run for the Cheetah is happening again I'll gladly sign up and do my best running up that crazy 900ft elevation gain hill again.
Onto my hike!
Anise came and stayed with me last weekend and we wanted to do something fun. Her birthday was on Tuesday (she is 12 now!) so we celebrated by doing a lot of fun things but one was a hike up Angels Rest in the Gorge. It's about a 45 minute drive from Portland and really close to Multnomah Falls. The hike is short but the elevation gain is significant (about 1550) and over 2 miles that made for some good exercise!
There were a few other people with the same idea as us, because we saw a lot of people on the trail. Someone was nice enough to take our picture near the bottom.
It was really muddy and there were a few parts where I thought maybe we should turn around because I wasn't sure how I was going to make it back down the steep parts without wiping out - but we kept on - and I'm glad we did! The views as you are hiking up are just little previews of how amazing they are at the top. Here are some pictures from the hike up:
And finally, my favourite picture ever of the entire hike! I LOVE living somewhere that is so beautiful.
The website said it would take 3-4 hours but we conquered the 4.6 miles in a little over 2 hours (plus we ate for at least 20 minutes at the top). I think we did well! I know my legs and gluts were really sore a couple days later and I hope to go up there again when it is a little less muddy. I also would like to hike up a bit further to Devil's Rest, which is a couple more miles up.
That night I bought Anise a massive cupcake called "Chocolate Explosion" from Whole Foods and also treated her to some gelato. I wanted to bake something delicious but my toaster oven is kind of sad. She loved it though and even she couldn't finish the whole thing.
This weekend my only goal is to get a 70 minute run in and catch up on some rest! I meant to run yesterday but a close friend from the UK (Trish!) is in town so I spent the day with her. I think I may break out the video games because I can't seem to sleep in anymore and clearly I need a reason to stay up really late engrossed in some RPG. I'm going to go old school and play some Final Fantasy. It's pretty chilly outside and the forecast said it is going to snow in Portland tomorrow! That means we'll maybe see a couple flurries, but it's still exciting. This also means snow on the mountain - and I think next Thursday or Friday I'll be going up for a day of skiing!
It was a long update, but I had a lot to catch up on! Go outside and enjoy some nature! And take pictures! :)