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Winter months

"There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people."  
Bill Bowerman

Winter has always been one of my favorite times to train.  It was during the winters in high school that I began the ritual of morning runs while playing basketball in the evenings.  It was also during this time that I fell in love with the trails and rugged basalt bluffs in the Columbia Plateau.  However, maybe it is age or maybe I am getting softer, but lately running in the winter has not been as easy as I remember.

First, my treadmill broke.  Still not sure exactly how or why, but I must have gained a little extra weight when I turned 30 and my metabolism slowed down.  At first I thought I was just running inefficiently and was beginning to over pronate, but as I noticed it getting worse and worse I realized that the platform beneath my feet had literally begun to cave in beneath me.

Bottom of the treadmill deck before replacing it.
Fortunately, with the help of my handy brothers-in-law we were able to get a new deck installed on my treadmill for the new year.  I've already used it more this year than I had the previous year.  Hopefully, it doesn't cost as much per mile this year.

I try to get in at least an hour of outside running on the week nights after work.  Most nights that requires a head lamp and several layers.

Occasionally, I get lucky and the sun comes out and I am able to get out on the trails for a longer run.  I've been fortunate to have some good training companions willing to join me on some of these adventures and fortunate that so many are kind enough to share their property with others so that we can enjoy the beauty of the area.  

This is one of my favorite places to run when I have a few extra minutes to get out of town:


The trails are well manicured and used primarily by local mtn. bikers.  In fact, each year one of the largest mtn. biking races in the area is held on these trails - Echo Red 2 Red 

Thank you to the Piercy Family and Sno Road Winery for sharing your property and to Shane and Stephanie Meyers of Echo Bike and Board for maintaining the trails.