07/07 – 07/13

07/07/2014 – Monday
4m, ~0:38, ~600′ – Carkeek Park – 5k+North Bluff
Forgot my watch which is probably the best thing that I could have done the week of before race day. No glancing at pace, elevation, time, heart rate, or any of those other distracting real time metrics and just listened to my breathing, kept the running light, and enjoyed the trail with Gregor.

07/08/2014 – Tuesday
Rest.
Was planning on running 3 miles, but life got in the way.

07/09/2014 – Wednesday
45min soccer.
Tried to take it easy and not play as much as possible, but it was a championship game and two people on my team injured themselves during the game, so I worked harder than I probably should have and risked injury more times than I probably should have. Nothing like a full contact interval workout three days before a 50 miler!

07/10/2014 – Thursday
Rest.
Getting the place ready before heading out of town for the weekend and packing is not exactly the same as resting. It’s also probably more stressful than actually running.

07/11/2014 – Friday
Travel day.
Driving to Portland from Seattle should not take 6 hours, but it did. (It should take closer to 3.5 hours.) Add in another 2 hours to southern Mt Hood and arriving at 8:30pm and that’s a lot of time to spend sitting in the car the day before a race, irregardless of the distance of the race.

07/12/2014 – Saturday
Mt Hood 50, 9:23:07, ~5630′ – Mt Hood, Oregon
I ran 50 miles in a day for the first time ever and it was great! Race report and video to come…

07/13/2014 – Sunday
Rest and Soccer Day!
Watched Germany win the World Cup finals and more importantly watched the Sounders beat That Team Down South for the second time in 4 days, this time the score being 2-0!

Weekly running time: ~10:01
Weekly running miles:
 ~54.0
Weekly running vertical gain: ~6230′

Super exciting week for me! 50 miles completed! Sounders win (against Portland!) in extra time in the US Open Cup. Sounders win (again!) (against Portland again!) 4 days later! What could have made the week better? Not much actually.

34 days to Squamish 50!

Also, check out these super photos below by the talented Andrew Baber!

Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades. Photo by Andrew Baber.
Sounders beat the Timbers 2-0 in a Cascadia derby at CenturyLink Field in Seattle!
Sounders beat the Timbers 2-0 in a Cascadia derby at CenturyLink Field in Seattle!

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