Saturday, November 21, 2009

Up And At 'Em

I'm packed and ready to go.

My flight leaves around 6:30 a.m. PT which means a really early morning for me, but that's fine. I don't mind really. I've got all my gear with me, plus all my work stuff and I should be pretty much set for a weekend in Seattle. I even went out and bought a moisture wicking shirt for about 10 bucks and it will immediately get thrown into the rotation.

I must say, I feel very prepared for Sunday, for the 18-mile run I must get through on Sunday morning. Having found some awesome bloggers who are based in Seattle has really helped, as I've reached out to them and they've been friendly in answering my questions. They're probably 'Who's this crazy guy from California?' but have been kind enough in answering my questions and helping me out.

Two of them suggested the Cedar River Trail, and you know that means it has to be good. I'd found another trail but this one popped up twice so if it's been doubly recommended, it must be good.

Best part is, it's very accessible from my hotel.

Point A is my hotel and Point B is a parking spot along the trail. There are several but that's one on the one end of it that seems accessible, so I'm going to ahead and try to park there.

The whole trail is about 17 miles, and 12 of it is off roads. This end appears to be the one of the starting points and I could conceivably run out nine miles and turn around and go back. That way, I could avoid the part of the trail that runs alongside a highway.

However it ends up, I feel this will be a great experience for me and will make for a great story (hopefully). I'll try not and pretend that I'm running towards the elusive and possibly non-existent Sun Dome, as was the case in The Long Rain. Well, I think the Lieutenant finally found one but it took quite a long time.

Anyway, thanks to Kerrie of mom vs. Marathon, Mel of Tall Mom On The Run and Amanda at 5 Miles 2 Empty, a trio of Seattle-area based bloggers who were very helpful and all of my regular readers for their support and suggestions.

Now all I have to do is get out and run!

Oh yeah, and I do have some actual work to do when I get into Seattle on Saturday. So I guess I have to do that first and then I can get out and run!


5thsister said...

I'm up early, too! Have a safe trip and I look forward to hearing about your 18 mile run!

Willoughby said...

Enjoy your time in Seattle. I can't wait to hear about your run!

Raoulysgirl said...

Enjoy your weekend! Have a safe trip! And remember...

"Physi-cally fit. Physi-cally fit. Physi-cally, physi-cally, physi-cally fit!"

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Sounds like you have an awesome plan! The trail will be great! And 9 out and back is cake, right? :) I thought about you this morning, Mel-Tall Mom and I hit up a trail for 13 miles and it only sprinkled, and really, I mean barely sprinkly. I hope you are so lucky tomorrow! Either way it will be an experience and you are one dedicated trainee! GOOD LUCK! I can't wait to hear how it goes!!!!!


Kerrie T. said...

Are you parking in Maple Valley?! That's my neck of the woods. It's just small gravel area and the trail there is elevated for a few miles above the highway -- it's not too loud, but then it goes down and it's next to the highway for a while. We are going to be on the trail in the morning, but more toward Renton. Now I'm going to be looking at everyone wondering if it's you the entire time...

PS: I wrote about that section of the trail near Maple Valley a few weeks ago. I also took pictures if you want to see what you're in for:


Kerrie T. said...

I meant the parking lot is gravel. The trail is paved and mostly flat.

Also, thanks for the Mom vs. Marathon plug! :)

Angie Eats Peace said...

Best of luck on your run!