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Sometimes we take for granted the beauty that surrounds us living here in the Northwest #picturelake #mtbakernationalforest #pnw #theupperleftcoast #gooutside

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This little story about a not-so-little race is my first piece of writing to appear in a national publication... I am still awed and humbled by that long, wintry journey.
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This is an early step in my transition to a life more fully lived.
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Thank you from the bottom of my sparkling, grateful heart to @ereese10408 and @rainshadowrunning for your support and direction. I love you and your races <3
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PC πŸ“· by the wonderful @gtach πŸ’«
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#Be #Finisher #Orcas100 #UltraRunning #Writer #MountConstitution #Resplendence #LifeInPerspective #RainshadowRunning #RunHighs #OrcasIsland100 #Run #Love #TheUpperLeftCoast #HereOnEarth #Winter #SanJuanIslands #Altra #PacificNorthwest #Washington #TrailRunning #PNWonderland #WeAreAllLivingThings #RunnersOfTheWild

Humpday Vibes | it may only be Wednesday but @andrewtkearns has us looking forward to a weekend adventure πŸ™ŒπŸ» #headoutshootfilm

The lower deck ( #sirenspub ) @ #theupperleftcoast

I have the best view from my place. I see Mt. Rainier. The Seattle PI globe. Myrtle Edwards Park. The Puget Sound. Washington State ferries. Ships from all over the world. West Seattle. And finally so many beautiful sunsets that I must have dozens and dozens on my phone. Each one is uniquely beautiful. Here's tonite's. .
#seattlesunsets #canvas #elliotavewest #seattle #seattlelife #itnevergetsold #sunset #sunsets #sunsetsinseattle #march #settingsun #landofthesettingson #gowest #pacificnorthwest #pnw #theupperleftcoast #seattlewa

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Badger Mountain Challenge 100 Miler:
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Done, and DNF redeemed !!! Only four weeks removed from my Orcas Island 100 finish, I not only finished, but set a 100 Miler PR of 30:00:09 !! πŸΎπŸ’«
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On the first day runners were lashed by heavy rain, cold temperatures, and the notoriously powerful winds that this race has rightfully gained a reputation for... and the night was filled with shimmering stars, relentless gusts, and delicate snow flurries.
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From late night until the earliest morning hours, I found myself slowly staggering along McBee Ridge, again wanting to quit. Those miles were frustratingly long and wretched, with IT band pain, nausea, and complete delirious exhaustion. Thanks to the breaking sunrise, a 15 minute nap atop Chandler Butte, and the best pacer imaginable, I revived, finishing with joyful tears and infinite gratitude.
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...and thank you so much to Sara Crippen for being without question the best possible pacer and crew. I truly could not have done this without you πŸƒ
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...and thank you to Jason Reathaford for putting on what is without a doubt one of my favorite beastly races πŸ”
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#BadgerMountain100 #Renew #Be #Finisher #Resplendence #BadgerMountain #LifeInPerspective #RunHighs #Storm #TheUpperLeftCoast #McBeeRidge #BadgerMountainChallenge #HereOnEarth #Altra #PacificNorthwest #Washington #TrailRunning #PNWonderland #Grateful #WeAreAllLivingThings #RunnersOfTheWild

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This little story about a not-so-little race is my first piece of writing to appear in a national publication... I am still awed and humbled by that long, wintry journey.
β€’
This is an early step in my transition to a life more fully lived.
β€’
Thank you from the bottom of my sparkling, grateful heart to @ereese10408 and @rainshadowrunning for your support and direction. I love you and your races <3
β€’
PC πŸ“· by the wonderful @gtach πŸ’«
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#Be #Finisher #Orcas100 #UltraRunning #Writer #MountConstitution #Resplendence #LifeInPerspective #RainshadowRunning #RunHighs #OrcasIsland100 #Run #Love #TheUpperLeftCoast #HereOnEarth #Winter #SanJuanIslands #Altra #PacificNorthwest #Washington #TrailRunning #PNWonderland #WeAreAllLivingThings #RunnersOfTheWild

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Badger Mountain Challenge 100 Miler - McBee Ridge
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The climb that soars without switchbacks or mercy all the way skyward to the crest of McBee Ridge, and into a gray, cold, and merciless version of Heaven... πŸ”
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This was taken during my first climb up this beast late Friday morning. I would be upon this relentless path again in the wee dark hours of Saturday morning... on my way to my first Badger Mountain 100 finish.
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#BadgerMountain100 #Renew #Be #McBee #Finisher #Resplendence #BadgerMountain #Storm #LifeInPerspective #RunHighs #Up #TheUpperLeftCoast #McBeeRidge #Love #Redemption #TrailRunning #Run #BadgerMountainChallenge #HereOnEarth #Altra #Ridge #PacificNorthwest #Washington #PNWonderland #Grateful #WeAreAllLivingThings #RunnersOfTheWild

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Badger Mountain Challenge 100 Miler:
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Done, and DNF redeemed !!! Only four weeks removed from my Orcas Island 100 finish, I not only finished, but set a 100 Miler PR of 30:00:09 !! πŸΎπŸ’«
β€’
On the first day runners were lashed by heavy rain, cold temperatures, and the notoriously powerful winds that this race has rightfully gained a reputation for... and the night was filled with shimmering stars, relentless gusts, and delicate snow flurries.
β€’
From late night until the earliest morning hours, I found myself slowly staggering along McBee Ridge, again wanting to quit. Those miles were frustratingly long and wretched, with IT band pain, nausea, and complete delirious exhaustion. Thanks to the breaking sunrise, a 15 minute nap atop Chandler Butte, and the best pacer imaginable, I revived, finishing with joyful tears and infinite gratitude.
β€’
...and thank you so much to Sara Crippen for being without question the best possible pacer and crew. I truly could not have done this without you πŸƒ
β€’
...and thank you to Jason Reathaford for putting on what is without a doubt one of my favorite beastly races πŸ”
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#BadgerMountain100 #Renew #Be #Finisher #Resplendence #BadgerMountain #LifeInPerspective #RunHighs #Storm #TheUpperLeftCoast #McBeeRidge #BadgerMountainChallenge #HereOnEarth #Altra #PacificNorthwest #Washington #TrailRunning #PNWonderland #Grateful #WeAreAllLivingThings #RunnersOfTheWild

Watching a storm break and morning break over the delicately illuminated San Juan Islands...
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Even as I am excitedly plotting upcoming adventures in California, Utah, and Eastern Washington, I still can't seem to tear my heart away from that small yet infinite island soul cradle that is Orcas <3
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#Finisher #Orcas100 #Storm #Morning #MountConstitution #OrcasIsland #LifeInPerspective #RainshadowRunning #Resplendence #TheUpperLeftCoast #Water #HereOnEarth #SanJuanIslands #Altra #PacificNorthwest #Washington #TrailRunning #PNWonderland #RunHighs #WeAreAllLivingThings #RunnersOfTheWild

Memories from the Orcas Island 100 Miler:
Mountain Lake, delicately clad in her icy winter raiment, welcomes me about her tranquil shores. I miss this place already...
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#Finisher #Orcas100 #Winter #Shoreline #MountainLake #LifeInPerspective #RainshadowRunning #RunHighs #Be #Resplendence #TheUpperLeftCoast #Water #HereOnEarth #SanJuanIslands #Altra #PacificNorthwest #Washington #TrailRunning #PNWonderland #OurWild #WeAreAllLivingThings #RunnersOfTheWild

Loop One of the Orcas Island 100 Miler: Leaving the scintillating summit of Mount Constitution as a wintry afternoon sun adorns the waters of the San Juan Islands.
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It was just the beginning of a journey that encompassed an emotional spectrum too vast and oscillating for words.
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#Finisher #Orcas100 #MountConstitution #Resplendence #LifeInPerspective #RainshadowRunning #RunHighs #Be #OrcasIsland100 #TheUpperLeftCoast #HereOnEarth #SanJuanIslands #Altra #PacificNorthwest #Washington #TrailRunning #PNWonderland #Redemption #WeAreAllLivingThings #OurClosestStar #RunnersOfTheWild

I am alive, well, and finally a finisher of the Orcas Island 100 !!!!
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This race consists four 25 mile loops. These are beautiful but daunting trails that wind along sparking lakes, through ancient forests, over sweeping summits, and deep into the spirit of this Earth. It is also relentlessly steep, with over 26,000 feet of climb. The upper parts of the course this year were cloaked with snow and ice. Winter can be a harsh time to run a 100 mile race.
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I have seldom in my life worked so hard just to finish a run. Loop 3 was the worst example of hell. Almost everything in me shut down. The bottoms of my feet were burning and cramping for hours. I kept falling asleep during the third climb up Mount Constitution. My legs hurt so badly that I whimpered with each step as I ran down to Cascade Lake. From late Friday night to sunrise on Friday, my stomach was rejecting almost everything I tried to eat. Every part of my body and mind wanted to quit, but my soul and spirit did not. This year the soul and spirit prevailed. I still have no idea how I finished... but somehow I was able to call upon strengths that prior to this weekend I did not know I had.
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This run was not at all fast or fancy. It was my slowest 100 ever, and also the one I am most proud of finishing. 36 hours after starting this race, and a year after dropping out of the 2016 race, I finally got it done. I was the last runner to cross the finish line. I am both humbled and empowered... <3
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#Renew #Be #OrcasIsland100 #Finisher #Resplendence #LifeInPerspective #RainshadowRunning #RunHighs #Orcas100 #TheUpperLeftCoast #HereOnEarth #SanJuanIslands #Altra #PacificNorthwest #Washington #TrailRunning #PNWonderland #WeAreAllLivingThings #RunnersOfTheWild

I am packed and ready to board the Anacortes Ferry...
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Tomorrow I shall wind my way through the San Juan Islands to the start line of the Orcas Island 100 Miler.
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Looking back over the last three months, it seems impossible the amount of physical and emotional exhaustion I willfully put myself through in preparation for this weekend. I did not relent from my dream of finishing this race, even as my training runs were repeatedly subjected to the abject conditions of Portland's harshest Winter in years.
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Last year at Orcas Island I capitulated at mile 75 owing to my lack of training, my compromised willpower, and a deep spiritual malaise. This year I am feeling empowered and healthy; I am coming to finish.
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I shall let my feet find the primordial cadences of their origins among the ancient breathing coniferous cathedrals; above the sparkling breaking ocean waters; along the steep and sweeping island summits. Orcas Island, I am humbled and deeply respectful of you. I am mindful of the capricious whims and immutable powers of the Wilderness around us and the Wilderness within us. But let me be absolutely clear, I am coming back to you with one unwavering purpose... to finish this race. May the omens be auspicious.
<3
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#Renew #Be #OrcasIsland100 #Resplendence #LifeInPerspective #RainshadowRunning #RunHighs #TheUpperLeftCoast #Orcas100 #SanJuanIslands #HereOnEarth #Altra #PacificNorthwest #Washington #AdventureRunner #TrailRunning #PNWonderland #WeAreAllLivingThings #RunnersOfTheWild #Finisher

The reason why I love living here in the northwest #squalicumbeach #sunset ##pnw #bellinghamwa #theupperleftcoast #sundayfunday #nofilterneeded

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