Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Streakin' - Week 5

** Monday - sweaty kickboxing class:

** Tuesday - 60 minutes on the bike:

** Wednesday - 3.5 miles on the 'mill:

** Thursday - 20.2 miles on my bike:

And 4.04 miles at the July Discovery Run:

** Friday - 37.5 easy miles on the Springwater Corridor with Dad:

** Saturday - shakeout bike ride to Ma's birthday BBQ and then Harbor Freight - 6 miles:

** Sunday - Lacamas Lake Half with Mom and Eryn:


Monday, July 28, 2014

Lacamas Lake Half Marathon (7/27/14)

I returned to my roots Sunday... Lacamas Lake, my very first half marathon.
In 2011, at the last minute, I decided to run the half. Three years and a dozen halves later, I went back to try the course again. Unfortunately, my stupid Achilles tendon is still unhappy, so I decided to walk/run this one with my Mom. Eryn was also there, her first half post surgery.

Three McKee ladies ready to go!
Mom's game plan was to walk the flats and ups and run the downs. This was her second half, and her loose goal was to finish in 3:30. Her PR from her first half, which was all walking, was 3:56.

According to my Garmin, we went 13.24 miles at a 15:59 average:
Total time: 3:31:52. Pretty close!
Eryn had a good race until her calves cramped up and she had to walk the last 2 miles. Still, a good showing for her first race back.

All done! 
The festivities were pretty much over 3.5 hours after the start, but the announcers were still there to say our names as we crossed the line - one of my favorite parts! We got our medals, some water and bananas. Then we drove up the hill to Lacamas Lake for some soaking in the water:
That felt so good!

Then on to Mom's request - The Original Taco House on 82nd Avenue in Portland:
 I ate way too many chips, salsa and guac. And this black bean and rice bowl was yummy!
For Mom, it's all about the guac!
Congrats to Mom on her second half and to Eryn on her return to racing. So what's the next race??? :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Boring bike ride

Dad agreed to bike part of the Springwater Corridor with me this morning, so I rode to his house about 6:45 a.m., and we loaded the truck and hit the road for Southeast Portland.
The ~21-mile trail is missing a section in Sellwood. We parked at the east end of that section and jumped on the trail at Southeast 19th Avenue and Ochoco Street, about Milepost 5 on the trail.

It's an old railroad right of way, so it's flat and straight - perfect for an easy ride. We took a snack break at Milepost 14 in Gresham, and Dad said to keep going. When he finally started to tire, we were just a few miles from the end - so we kept going... all the way to...

The clouds were just starting to clear as we took a break at the end of the trail.

The way back had a slight downhill trend but also a headwind. And we were tiring, but we made it:
Dad and I rode about 35 miles - his longest ride ever - woohoo :)

Including my trip to his house and back, I hit 37.5.

While the route itself wasn't challenging, 3.25 hours is a long time to sit in that saddle and keep your legs moving. Way to go, Dad :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

No. 30

There was lots going on during last weekend's camping trip, but I still managed to finish this THS castoff.

Death of a Baritone, by Karen Sturges, was a formula murder mystery but set at a camp for opera singers. Different :)

Will I beat last year's record of 54??

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No horses

Saw this sign on our weekend trip to Mount Hood. Made me laugh :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Timothy Lake 2014

What was once an annual event fell by the wayside in recent years. But this year, we revived the Timothy Lake camping trip!

Brad and I have been organizing the trip since college, with the last one in 2010. It was so nice to have the gang (at least part of it) together again for some fun times in the great outdoors.
Most of us arrived Thursday, set up camp and started relaxing. Friday, Eryn and I gathered the energy to step away from the campfire and hike from Gone Creek Campground to the dam and back - about 5.5 miles.
Such a beautiful view of Mount Hood:
The campground is now run by PGE, a nice improvement over Thousand Trails. New signs, maps, parking areas. Friendly staff.
 Tim and Laura brought a crawfish trap - a big hit with the kiddos:
Tim invited us to join him on a hike around the lake - 13 miles.
A good time was had by all :)
It was a very nice, relaxing weekend with friends. Can't wait for next year :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer streakin' - Week 4

** Monday - 9.35-mile walk/run with Mom:
And a 1-hour kickboxing class with Lindsey and Brittany:

** Tuesday - 41 minutes on the recumbent bike (PS - so glad we recently upgraded to this new bike. Love it!):

** Wednesday - 60-minute shakeout on the bike. Then another 1-hour kickboxing class with Brad and Brittany:

** Thursday - 10-mile bike ride, mostly cruising but one BIG, lung-busting hill toward the end:

** Friday - 5.5-mile hike around camp:

** Saturday - 13-mile hike around Timothy Lake:

** Sunday - 60 minutes on the bike. Tablet's battery was dead - had to read magazines. I miss my Netflix: