Me and a few running friends decided to run around Mt St Helens as a training run for White River on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Here are a few photos from our 33 mile counter-clockwise circumnavigation on the Loowit Trail around Helens. My group took 12 and a half hours. (Others finished faster.)
Our first view of the mountain/volcano
Crossing our first boulder field
The crew stopping at the first junction: Brook, Sean, Eileen, Elizabeth, Danny, and Nicola. What a cool looking crew, I might add!
Time to fill our water bottles and grab some food
Running along one of many many ridges
Me and Sean in front of Loowit falls
Nicola and I on the Plains of Abraham
Climbing out of the plains. The soil was very unstable
Me and my shadow
Sean and Brook
Brook, Sean, and I in front of the crater
Climbing up a rope
Lots of ups and downs (Spirit Lake in the background)
Checking out the stream crossing
There were so many different microclimates on our route
Towards the end the boulders seemed to go on forever
It was beautiful!
This past Saturday, Suzanna and I jumped on our bikes and rode 30 miles as part of our training for the 50 mile Obliteride bike ride on August 9th to raise money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where I also happen to work. Then on Sunday, we drove up to Snoqualmie Pass, got off at the Hyak exit, and Suzanna dropped me off for a run through the Hyak tunnel and along the Iron Horse trail where we reunited after 21 miles. You see I am also training for my 11th marathon, the Light at the End of the Tunnel race on June 14th and I was running the first 21 miles of the course.
I am running the marathon in two weeks for myself and my goal to finally qualify for the Boston Marathon. Two years ago, I actually qualified at the Eugene Marathon but, alas, that was the year that the Boston Athletic Association dropped the qualifying times in September another minute and 38 seconds for the 2014 race and I no longer qualified. They dropped the qualifying times again for the 2015 race by 1:02 so who knows what the real eventual qualifying time will be this year for my age group. Anyway, it has always been a life-long goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon and I am hoping to do it in a couple of weeks.
On the other hand, I am riding Obliteride, not for myself, but for all those who’s lives have been affected by cancer. So whether or not I qualify for Boston, I will continue my training and fund-raising for Obliteride and Fred Hutch. And as much as I want to do well in the marathon and qualify, Obliteride and cancer research is so much more important.
Won’t you please consider donating to my ride?