With only one week left for me before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area I've been trying to fit in the best of what I can on the trails at this time of year. Sadly the mountains are still in ski mode so Smith Rock's the best bet, plus the trail running season just kicked off in Bend with the Horse Butte 10-miler.
After getting destroyed on the climbs on recent training runs and at Gorge Waterfalls 50k last weekend I've been including more uphill speed sessions which left me exhausted on the minor climbs at Horse Butte. It's worthwhile and I'm very glad I could fit this race in, especially since I was able to go a few seconds quicker than last year despite really windy conditions. Hopefully faster times at both this and Gorge Waterfalls are a reflection of better fitness than the same time last year.
Anyway, more photos of Smith Rock are below. I've been making sure I have plenty of these in case I don't come back for a while. And full results from the 10-miler are here.
|My father-in-law, Clint Andring, with Monkey Face in the background|
|Monkey Face from afar|
|Monkey Face from the angle that shows why it has that name|
|Clint on top of Smith Rock|
|Cheesy grinning on top of the Rock|