But first a quick training recap. My week started off great: three easy runs ranging from 5 to 10 miles. I took a rest day on Thursday so I could have fresh legs for Friday’s workout: 6 miles at goal pace (7:33 average pace, just under my goal of 7:37). Unfortunately the next morning my hamstrings were painfully tight. I took an extra rest day and focused on light stretching and foam rolling. On Sunday my hamstrings felt significantly better but still too tight for running resulting in a third rest day this week.
I’ve already recapped the race at Crater Lake, but we actually spent some time exploring the national park the night before the race. Here are some shots of Crater Lake from our sunset hike up The Watchman.
The next day, after the race, we hiked down to the lake and took a boat out to that island (Wizard Island).
And then we hiked up the summit of Wizard Island. And then back down Wizard Island and finally back up the rim. All on the same day as the race. My legs were shot the next day!
We also spent a day exploring the Columbia River Gorge, home to Oregon’s most visited attraction, Multnomah Falls.
Another day was spent touring the coast.
And just so you don’t get the wrong idea, the days between all the hiking and outdoorsy adventures were filled with breweries, wine tastings, and general laziness. Oh and there were donuts. Lots of donuts.