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Running, Photo Journal

Ultra Training around Mount Baker

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Becca and I are training for a 50k in December. Our schedule said to run 20 miles on Saturday so we pieced together a route that did just that yesterday near Baker. I’ve done pieces of this trail before but never in good weather.  This Saturday was absolutely perfect having this sunny day on the one day out of the weeks of rain ahead.

It’s crazy that just one year ago I was recovering from an ankle injury that kept me from running for months. Last November I started a little group that would run (just one mile a day) for every single day of November. I also was signing up for 3-5 mile trail races and finding it incredibly tough. I loved them but at the same I couldn’t see past the idea of just running that distance. 

I have always found the idea of running an ultra distance impossible. Now one year later and back to back half marathons in the mountains along with a couple 20 mile races, here we are! We have to run around 20 miles every Saturday followed by 10ish every Sunday and a couple runs during the week. It’s amazing what is possible for your body and what is possible for your mind when you truly want something. I am not fast, I don’t care about being faster, but I do care about experiencing joy on a long run. At this moment in my life, 20-30 miles is a long run. The joy I get from long days in my favorite places is exactly where I want to be and what makes me the happiest.  

 

Saturday we met at 5:30am to head towards Mount Baker. We started to head up the Chain Lakes trail which was breathtaking having Mount Shuksan behind us and Mount Baker in front of us. Then we trekked over to Ptarmigan Ridge for awhile before we saw a gorgeous green lake off to the left of us so of course we had to go there. After that we headed back to Ptarmigan on our way to the Glacial Route trail. Weather moved in so we made our way back to finish the Chain Lakes loop then to the Goose trail only to find our way back at the parking lot with 17 or 18 miles.  

Even though Becca had a bad ankle roll at the end of our day we knew we had to get 20. We made tons of loops around the parking lot till we hit 20 and that is always the best feeling. It’s hard to see that you’re almost there then settle for something below your goal.  

So there is beauty I’m finishing strong. 

There is beauty is the journey:) 

Here is Becca, Hamlin and Nate heading up the Chain lakes trail

Here is Becca, Hamlin and Nate heading up the Chain lakes trail

📸: Nate Brown

📸: Nate Brown

Becca and I on a little patch of snow on the Ptarmigan Ridge trail

Becca and I on a little patch of snow on the Ptarmigan Ridge trail

Runnable spaces. 📸: Nate Brown

Runnable spaces. 📸: Nate Brown

We looked to the left and far this lake and so grateful we took a side trail to get a little close

We looked to the left and far this lake and so grateful we took a side trail to get a little close

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 📸: Nate Brown took this of me frolicking in the way back to Ptarmigan 

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📸: Nate Brown

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my favorite kind of trail

Gorgeous views of baker  

Gorgeous views of baker  

Layers  

Layers  

Becca and I taking a look at the parking lot we still needed to run to.  

Becca and I taking a look at the parking lot we still needed to run to.  

Running, Photo Journal

PhotoBlog - The Enchantments in a Day

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This is not a trip report. I am horrible at specifics. I am horrible with numbers and names of peaks or anything in between. I'm also known as the "I just show up girl" in the sense that specifics often give me anxiety and cause me to run away from things. The more information you throw at me, the more I don't want to do it anymore. If you tell me to show up with a list of what I need, without much more detail then that, I pack accordingly and just show up. If you make it complicating - I feel pukey the whole day and find a bailout plan. 

This has been my longest day where running has been added into the picture. It was 20.75 miles and we finished in 8 hours and 10 minutes with 5000 some odd feet of gain (see I hate numbers) but it sure was one of the best days ever.

When I had loosely planned the idea of running the Enchantments in Leavenworth, it was about a month before I sprained my ankle in July of last year which took me off from running till November. That was freaking brutal and I had to put off the Enchantments for yet another year. So this summer it was going to happen. I thought more people would be able to join. Time went on. More "ideas" got added into the mix like adding a couple extra peaks and such....then BAM anxiety sets in...I don't know why this happens but it does. 

Anyway I ended up declining that idea because my boyfriend was coming on this trip (and he didn't expect climbing and never is able to join me) so at the end of all of that, no one else other than Derek was able to go. I'm actually super stoked that it was just him and I. When we are together, everything is just so easy. We love to run so that's a plus, we both are super easygoing, and he's completely encouraging the whole time. We just sort of mesh so well that we never have time to fight. We have so much respect for each other that everything feels right when we're able to get these date days. Yesterday was both he and I's first time in this area so we were just smiling ear to ear the whole time. 

Here are a bunch of photos from the trip!

Have you done this thru hike/run before?