Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

8/14/2010

7:30 AM

Marathon  Course Closes 1:00pm

Half Marathon  Course Closes 10:00am

6.7 Mile Run  Course Closes 9:30am

6.7 Mile Walk  Course Closes 10:00am

All courses are along the very rim of majestic Crater Lake and are at altitudes ranging from 5,980 to 7,850 feet above sea level. Be challenged by rugged mountains and breathtaking views.



Transportation

Buses will provide transportation to the start line and back from finish lines as follows: Loading area for those staying in the Mazama Motor Motel or Campground will be in the Mazama Village parking area. Loading area for those driving in on race day will be at the Rim Village parking area. Those staying at the Lodge will walk to the bus loading area in the Rim Village parking area.

We stayed at the Lodge…which is definitely the place to stay!  It books up immediately so reservations should be made well in advance.  We walked down the hill to the Rim Village and caught the bus around 6:15 am.


Pre Race

The starting area…

Brrr!  I don’t know what the temp was, but us Florida chicks were freezing!!

Notice…..SNOW!!!!

The Race

The gun went off around 7:30 and off we went chasing Bill….who was running fast to warm up…or maybe we were just oxygen deprived??

We still couldn’t believe there was still snow!!

I convinced Kari to make some snow/ice angels…yes it was cold and wet!!

The scenery here was just magnificent!!!!

Water stops were stocked with water and gatorade…

So many of the trees were bowed out like this…anyone know why??  Very interesting…

I am not sure what a grouse is either, but maybe I should check it out??

And yes the hills were much steeper than they look!

Obviously we were having too much fun if I took the time to climb the hill for a pic on the tree…:)

The lake was the most amazing color of blue!!

I’m on fire!  Corny I know!

Kari Queen of the pine cones!!

We stopped at the 6.7 mile finish for watermelon and soda.

The trees just seemed to grow out of the sides of the rocks.

Notice the height of the tree pole…they were along the roads…does snow really get that high??!!

They say 50 feet!?!  Yikes!

We met two really nice maniacs!!

I made Bill wear my gloves…hehe…

The finish for the half marathon…and potty stop….and more watermelon….yea!

The last four miles were on this really nice dirt road…although there was a pretty good climb from 22-24….

Kari thought it was wrong to put a mountain at this point….

But I loved the downhill…and went screaming down…Bill said he clocked me at a 6:50…woo-hoo!

Kari is VERY glad to finish this one!!

The musketeers….

We feasted on watermelon and soda…the finish line food…and jumped on the bus for the ride back…

Kari is worn out…

and we are very dirty….

We rode the bus back to the parking lot where we were met by a ranger with our drop bags and then walked to the hotel to clean up…

This race is breathtaking…I loved it!!

T Shirts & Medals

All finishers will receive a commemorative medal and shirt.

Results

Cristy  5:46.03

Bill  5:46.40

Kari  5:53.06

Post Race

Our very cool room in the lodge…two story loft…only one problem…

The bathroom is upstairs…not such a great idea after the marathon!!

We went down to the Mazama cafe for dinner…it was a buffet…and I was starving!!!

Kari shared a kiss and I shared a smoke…hehe…not really…

We then went back to the lodge to watch the beautiful sunset on the deck.  We spent the rest of the evening in the lodge and ordered a fruit and cheese tray…the restaurant in the lodge looked like a great place for dinner…maybe next time…

We enjoyed the evening in cushy chairs, next to the fire, with this as our view…enjoying the company of good friends…

A perfect end to a perfect day!

Life is good.

8/12/2010

Kari and I flew to Atlanta and met up with Bill on our way to Sacramento.   We are spoiled hanging out in the Sky Lounge!!


In order to save a few pennies we flew into Sacramento and would make the 4 hour (okay it was more like 6) drive to Crater Lake National Park.  We also thought it might be a very scenic drive through Northern California.  We spent the night in Sacramento and slept in before driving to Willows to have breakfast.

We stopped at the Black Bear Diner.  This place was adorable!  The portions were huge and everything was delicious…and there were vegetarian options!!  There were homemade pies served in huge cereal bowls…looked very yummy but would have to wait until next time as we were all stuffed!

A little scary that this would be enough of a problem to warrant a sign!!

We drove past some beautiful lakes and had a beautiful view of Mt. Shasta.


We thought this was funny…I know, but hours in the car can make anything funny…

And then we went through the town of Dorris…we could stop here and stay at the Dorris Motel…even hourly…yikes!

Or even have lunch…they now serve good food!!

In Dorris they drive to lunch on lawn tractors…(I didn’t take a very good pic but the guy is waiting to cross the highway on his mower at the stop sign)  We would have missed all this if we would have flown directly into Klamath Falls!!

We finally arrived at Crater Lake…it was simply breathtaking!  We checked in and headed out for dinner.  There are only a couple of choices here.  The Lodge food looked delicious, but was a bit pricey.  We went to the Rim Lake Center, which was just a short walk, and grabbed dinner at the grab and go Cafe…Bill said it used to be a restaurant…but their soup in a bread bowl was delicious!

We came back to the Lodge and sat on the patio and watched the sunset!

We were all tired and decided to go to bed early…we needed to catch the bus at 6:00 am to drive to the race start!

Viborg, South Dakota

June 13, 2010

6:00 AM Start

Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5.3 Mile Run

Lodging and Transportation

We drove in from Storm Lake and checked in to the Swan Lake Christian Camp Lodge.  A very nice lady gave us a tour and showed us to our room.

It was a room with two sets of bunk beds and a double bed…all with very uncomfortable mattresses, but more than enough room for the three of us!  And a bargain at 25 dollars a piece!  There were no locks on the doors (it is a Christian camp after all) but she assured us everything was fine.

There were community bathrooms down the hall.

It was a beautiful area with views of the lake.

Pre-Race

Packet Pick Up was at the lodge from 2pm until 6pm June 12th, and 5:15am until race time on June 13th.
A spaghetti dinner was available for $8 from 5:0-6:30.

We arrived at the lodge after our drive from Storm Lake, checked in, picked up our packet, and went into the cafeteria for the pasta dinner.  We found many of our same friends from earlier at Storm Lake and others that had run the Sandhills Marathon in Nebraska as well.

We unpacked and readied our things for the race and then went to the worship service.  We then went to bed early as I think we were all tired.

Course

The course was altered because they too had experienced the storms and part of the course was flooded.  They decided the marathon would run the half marathon course twice…two loops.  I really like loop courses so it sounded great to me!  We talked with Erin and Cindy at the start and they decided to run with us…they were at the IA race as well.

We ran past farms (even a smelly sheep farm with very muddy sheep), country roads, and a little bit of main road as we ran through the town of Viborg.

We had alot of fun with our new friends!

Somewhere around 17 miles (or so) we came upon a 15 year old boy running his first marathon.  Connor’s brother had run a marathon when he was 15, so Connor was carrying on the tradition, and couldn’t stop to walk because he would have to shave his head (a bet with the brother).  We  all ran together for awhile and then Bill, Connor, and I finally pulled ahead (remember we couldn’t walk) towards the end and Kari stayed with our new friends.

We came upon the finish and we all started sprinting in when Bill stepped in a huge mud puddle and splashed mud all over me!  I had managed to stay relatively clean until the last .1 mile!

We finished and followed the tradition of ringing the camp bell!

Post Race

Showers and free massages were available at the camp after the race.  A free (donations were accepted to help fund camper’s scholarships) post race meal was also served in the lodge after the race.
I went straight up the stairs, took my shoes and socks off at the front door, and went straight to the shower.

The shoes and socks were then thrown away!!

Bill and Kari went straight to the cafeteria to get some chow!

I joined Dave and crew at the table and enjoyed some delicious cheesy potatoes while Bill and Kari cleaned up.

Dave with the Bell!!

Then it was off to Des Moines for our flight home!!

Medals & T-Shirts

They gave us a short sleeve tech shirt and a medal for finishing…ribbons for age group prizes.

Results

Bill 5:17.54

Cristy 5:17.55 2nd AG

Connor 5:17.55 2nd AG

Dave 5:18.53

Kari 5:20.05 4th AG

Erin 5:20.05 2nd AG

Cindy 5:20.06

Sunday, May 2, 2010

5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, 4 Person Relay, Pump & Run

Marathon Start Time   6:30 AM                      4112 Finishers (Marathon)

TRANSPORTATION & PRE RACE

We flew into CVG early Saturday morning.  We arrived around 10 am, took a taxi to the hotel, dropped our bags off, grabbed a very bad breakfast at the hotel right before it closed, and headed off on the bus to the expo at the Duke Energy Center.  The expo started Friday, so hopefully it wouldn’t be too picked over.

The Pump & Run…hmmm.

Kari and I go on the quest for “Her Pig”…I claimed mine last time I did this race!

I like this one!  Could this be the one?  The Safety Pig?  Kari says no…

Okay so onward to enter the expo…possibly we will find it there!  If not, I know we will find some good shopping!

Cleopatra Pig??  Nope.

How could you NOT do this race!  Look at all the cute slogans!!

Kari and Bill do not look excited about Pigippides…the first marathon pig…oh yeah, I guess he died at the finish!

Not a good choice!

The expo had an abundance of “Pig” merchandise, but not as much other stuff…but  adequate I guess.

Kari kind of likes the finish line swine…after all it flies!

And he apparently had trouble breaking the tape as I did (a story for a another day).

Ahhh and then we come to my pig..the flying cheetah pig…the fastest on earth!  hehe

After weaving through the expo and exhausting Bill with our shopping extravaganza we got to the schwag pick up!  The pig has the best stuff ever!  We got a nice roomy Asics running bag , poster, and very cute technical running shirt.  Although Mike thought it was a bit too colorful for him.

Quinn called and just got to the expo…perfect timing as she didn’t have time to do much shopping.  She had the kids in tow and had to pick up her mom from the airport.  Her folks came in to help her with the kids and support her as she does her first marathon!!

We exhausted ourselves and decided to head to the lobby to sit down and have a coffee.  Quinn left and Mike and Steve showed up.  They expo’ed while we had coffee and watched the cheerleaders (from the competition next door) come and go.

We checked into our hotel, the Embassy Covington, and headed out for dinner.

Ira was staying close by and met us at the restaurant.

I found some good reviews for Pompilios on the internet.

We went early at 5:15 thinking it wouldn’t be crowded yet, but we had to wait 1:45.

So, of course,  we went to Starbucks (in a grocery store) and killed some time.

The wait was well worth it!  The place was very quaint and the food was good!   The toothpick scene from Rain Man was filmed here!

We were all starving by the time we got a table!

They brought us some free appetizers!

Yummy!!

A pic worthy of the banquet slide show!

I ordered eggplant parmigiana.  It was delicious!

Steve got spaghetti and meatballs..look at the size of the meatball!

The serious guys!

After dinner it was back to the hotel to chat and catch up with Mike and Steve.  Bill fell asleep in 5 seconds (literally) and we stayed up a little too late, but had a fun night.

COURSE

We got up early and I had my normal breakfast Starbucks bottled frap and a cake donut.  We got dressed, got trash bags from the front desk, and met up with Quinn in the lobby.  Her running club met in our parking lot and she dropped her bag with them.  We headed across the bridge to the stadium (in the rain) and found Ira right away in the crowd!  Everyone was huddled in the stadium because of the rain and LIGHTNING.  Eek!

We said goodbye and Bill, Steve, and Mike headed off while Quinn, Kari, Ira and myself lined up together.  We lost Ira pretty early, but the three of us girls had a great time.  Even though it was raining, it was warm enough outside that it wasn’t too uncomfortable.  The course goes through a lot of unique neighborhoods and  was lined with people.  It rained on and off through the race, but that ‘ seem to stop people from coming out.  The elevation chart is a bit deceiving because this course is a tough one with rolling hills the entire way. (at least in the opinion of a Florida girl)  Quinn ran a fantastic race with each 1/4 of the race being much faster than the previous one.  Kari dropped back towards the end but came in right behind us. Quinn’s mom was there to cheer her in at the finish…very cool!

There was a great finish line buffet with every kind of snack you could want!

We walked with Quinn over to her running club tent, visited with her and her mom, then headed over to the buses that would drop us off at our hotel.  The guys were waiting on us and STARVING!!


RESULTS

Steve  1:57.40  PR  Woo-Hoo!!

Mike  3:47.21

Bill  3:49.12

Cristy  4:35.51

Quinn  4:35.51  1st Marathon!!  Congrats!!

Kari  4:44.58

Ira  4:54.30

POST RACE

Very cool medals with a pig on one side and the, hmm, well,  back side of the pig on the other…with a pink ribbon that Mike was excited about!

We checked out of the hotel and walked over to First Watch for breakfast.

We said goodbye to Mike and Steve and packed into Ira’s car for one last trip to Starbucks and then off to the airport for our trip home.

What a fun weekend!  We packed a lot into two days!

Life is good!

Boston Marathon

April 19, 2010

Pre Race

We flew into Boston and met Bill at the airport.  We took the train to our hotels, dropped our luggage, ate some lunch (We ate at the food court in the mall), and headed to the expo for some serious shopping.  It would have to be a rushed trip since I only had 2 1/2 hours!  How could I ever fit it all in?!

I bought a hoodie, T Shirt, jacket, pin & patch.

I tried on numerous shoes…trying desperately to find a pair that leave me with toenails and blisterless.  Since my WONDERFUL Adizero LT shoes were discontinued I have had nothing but trouble!

I am currently running in Puma Complete Roadracers, which I love the way they feel, but they are leaving my feet a mess!

I even considered the Vibrams (even though I think they look funny), but they felt funny between my toes.  I am not sure what I think about the Vibram craze….

I may have narrowed it down to the Green Silence by Brooks for the next shoe to try…even though they are not green?!?

They didn’t have my size, so I will try to find them when I get home.

We shopped until the very last second then picked up our packets.  We got a great long sleeve tech shirt – teal for the girls & blue for the boys.

We met Chuck, Chuck (to be known as Chuck squared in the future) and John out front and headed over to Cheesecake Factory for dinner.  We had a bit of a wait so we headed over to the hotel, dropped our stuff, and hung out at Starbucks (where else) until time to eat.

We headed back over to Cheesecake Factory and I was ready to eat!!  I had sweet corn tamale cakes and jamaican black pepper shrimp…some of my favorite dishes!!

We said good bye and turned in after sorting through our schwag.

We took a taxi to and met the guys at Panificio for breakfast.  I had delicious french toast!  As we were leaving, we met the editor of Runners World.  Very fun!

Now it’s off to spend the day at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum!

Our trek begins!

We took the train and got off at the JFK/U Mass station.  The museum and U Mass must be close!

Even though it was chilly and rainy, it was a beautiful walk to the museum.

We walked through some cool neighborhoods and Callie had the opportunity to get some nice pics.

Okay, the walk was a little further than we expected!

The rain finally stopped and we made a pit stop at the University and then headed to the museum.

We FINALLY arrived at the JFK museum.

It is my goal to visit all of the Presidential Museums…this will make number 4 for Chuck and me…Bill, Kari, & John are behind!

Our official photographer!

We were all very happy to learn that there was a shuttle that would take us back to the train station!

The trip back was a lot faster even if it was not as scenic…

Now the train…

Chuck was showing off his new Boston jacket while we waited!

Callie wasn’t sure that she wanted to be associated with the boys!

They just look like trouble, huh?

We stopped at Starbucks before heading back to our hotels.  Callie and I made one last pass through the expo while Bill headed back to the hotel to do some work.

We met Bill at the hotel then jumped in a cab to go to the pasta feed.

So much for relaxing the day before the race!

We pulled up to the pasta feed just in time to run from the cab to the front of the line to catch the boys who were already going inside…woo-hoo!

The room was decorated with balloons that had videos of past races projected on to them.  Very Cool!!

Geoff Smith…1984 and 1985 winner from Great Britain.

Our meals consisted of salad, rolls, tuna fish pasta salad, pasta marinara with sausage, and mac & cheese.  I stuck with the meatless choices – mac and cheese and salad.  It was very good!

We got a big table inside and a girl from Idaho and her hubby joined us.  The pasta feed at Boston is fun and now I know we can sit inside…we have always been outside in the past and the weather can be chilly.

On the way out they gave out bags of Toblerone and Lindor chocolates, cookies, chips, etc.  Yummy!!

We headed back to the hotel and laid out all of our race stuff and hit the sack!

Race

We were up early and I had my traditional breakfast of a donut and Starbucks bottled frappuccino.

We headed out for our mile + walk to the buses.  We met a super cool guy along the way, Neil from…Idaho!  We talked all the way to the buses and we found out it was his first Boston.  We kind of adopted him into our group as we navigated the crowd to find the guys.  The guys had started talking to a couple of gals…also from Idaho!  I think the whole state of Idaho must be in Boston!

Chuck, the Idaho girls, and Neil…

me and Bill…

and John and Chuck…

enjoyed the long ride in traffic to Hopkinton with great company!

We were dropped off in the Athlete’s Village and wandered around for awhile looking for a warm, comfortable spot out of the wind to stretch out.  All of a sudden, I hear “Cristy!”  It’s Jan from Phoenix!  Wow!  What a small world!!

Here we are!  Look at my crew of guys!!

We finally find a spot on the grassy knoll!

Chuck settles in and has a snack!

I am sooo happy!  I love the experience of Boston!

John is ready to go!!  hehe!  He might be warm but he is still funny!

The buses in the back are our bag drop.

Woo-Hoo!!

Our new super fast friend Neil is ready to run his first Boston!  Yea!!!!

Bill disappeared into the port-a-potty line…Where is he?!  It is time to go!!

John is ready to go…we just don’t want to talk about what he plans to do with the empty bottle…hmmm.

Me and my guys!!

I think we are all psyched and ready to head to the start!

Bill, Neil, and I were in the first wave and headed down 30 minutes before the three musketeers.  We wished Neil luck as he headed up to his corral.

Bill and I started out running together, but after a short while I let Bill go as I wanted to be a bit conservative during the first half.  I had been suffering with some pretty severe back pain all week and just wanted to ensure that I could finish.  I caught back up with Bill after a few miles and introduced him to an Aussie that I met.  He was 72 and shooting for a 3:33.  I kept Bill in sight until I pulled off before Wellesley for a pit stop and to dislodge a pebble from my shoe.

I avoided the kisses and ran through the Wellesley girls on the opposite side of the street, although my ears were still ringing for miles!

I ran down the hill after the Wellesley girls and through the downtown area feeling okay.  I think it was on the next uphill slope that I started having trouble…my back started having spasms so I made the decision to make sure I could finish.  I walked up every uphill from there to the finish.

I made it to the Newton Hills and found orange slice heaven!

There is nothing that tastes better to me during or after a run than oranges!

…and I am pretty sure I ate about five whole oranges on my journey through Newton!

I knew once I made it to the top of Heartbreak that I would finish and just enjoyed the run.  Boston College may even surpass the Wellesley girls for enthusiasm and noise!  As we ran by their party seemed to be just getting started!  I had some stomach issues and ducked into an empty port-a-let.  I think it was empty because you had to weave through a sea of spectators to get there!   I ran past a girl that was struggling…so I decided to run with her for a bit.  She had a hip injury and was suffering.  We talked for a bit and she seemed to start feeling better (or she was very brave).  Off I went to the Citgo sign…one mile to go!

I love Boston because it is 26.2 miles of 500,000 spectators!

I turned the corner to Boylston and reveled in the moment.

I felt mixed emotions…so privileged and proud to be there, but a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to have the day I had hoped for…but as the throngs of people several deep on Boylston cheered…I came to peace with the day…it is Boston…and I finished…loving every minute…what more could I ever ask for!

LIFE IS GOOD!!!!

I looked for Callie as I was running in, but I didn’t see her (she was there waiting for an hour but didn’t see me either…what a trooper!)  Bill was waiting for me at the finish line.  We got our medals and potato wraps and headed for the food tables for cookies and snacks, and then to the buses for our bags.  I still had an upset tummy (which is unusual for me and it lasted for a couple of days…ugh!) and I was starting to get cold!

At the finish, a sea of potato wrapped runners make their way to the buses to pick up their drop bags.

We got our bags, put on some warm clothes, called Callie, and headed to the hotel…stopping by Starbucks to look for Neil…but no sign…it turns out we missed each other.

Post Race

Callie met us at the room, I took a nap while Bill showered, then I took a long soak in a very hot tub. (also unusual for me as I find the thought of hotel tubs icky) but felt a bit better afterward…maybe it was the Pepto?

We took a cab to the North End to meet the guys, and walk to an Italian restaurant…well with some shopping pit stops along the way!

We had a great dinner at La Famiglia Giorgio!

I had a great stuffed eggplant!

Chuck J. had this yummy looking mussel dish.

We finished the evening by getting a Gelati at the Gelatateria, going to Mike’s Pastry for Cannoli, and next door for coffee.

I slept sooo sound!  Bill got up and met the guys at Panificio for breakfast, but Callie and I opted for breakfast at the Pour House and shopping on Newbury Street before we checked out and headed to the airport at noon.

Maybe this would have helped Monday!

Should we go to the airport or Wonderland…maybe the airport.

Results

Valerie Bertinelli ran to support research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute-The Jimmy Fund.  She finished in 5:14…

Bill  3:36.04

Cristy  3:48.19

John  3:58.12

Chuck  4:42.12

Chuck J  5:04.38

Neil  3:58.52