Monday, January 01, 2007

Plurge and Splurge

The 13th anual Plurge and Spurge happened on Sunday the 31st of December. A run that was started my Johnny Swietzer, Eillie, and Kyly. It is a unsupported run that starts at the end of Wildwood and continues the entire length of the inner city trail in Forest Park in Portland Oregon.

Wildwood is a continuous trail of 29.75 miles. From the end on Newberry Street to the end at the Portland Zoo, there is only 2900 feet of gain and loss of about the same. So, really a runnable trail.

Today, there was over 30 of the local ultra community doing the friendly run. Some of the group started out an hour early. Not sure why. They were the fast group. Then there was also the local road running group doing there own run. They went zooming by us all day with no water bottles, hydration packs or food.

Kyly had a couple of hard falls. It aggravated her hamstring. I am wondering if she tore it a few months ago? It has taken forever to heal. I just wish it would get better. I want to see her happy again.

Kyly above after fall.

Well, it wasn't great for Kyly. I am wondering if she tore her hamstring a few months ago. Because she took a couple of falls today and aggravated it. She was reduced to a walk the last mile and a half. I don't wish that on anybody!

Burke and I were talking the whole way. Like my brother and Craig at Waldo. Two little school girls, non-stop conversation. I was just loving listening to him. He has such a knowledge base in running. Plus, he knows a few things about Kyly that I didn't know... Love that.

We saw the woodpecker and other birds along with the wedding dress in the trees.

Plus, we saw the axe. I wonder how long it has been there. And I wonder about the story about it.

The P&S is a great end of the year run. Thank you Johnny, Ellie, and Kyly. Thank you.


olga said...

Sorry about Kyly's hamstring, it sucks.
Bushwhacker is always fun to run with, no matter how you cut it.
I missed P&S this time. It was great way to ring off the year. Happy New one!

Neese said...

Happy New Year! :o)

Backofpack said...

I wonder about the ax. I wonder about the wedding dress (although I can imagine...) I wonder about the parrot.

Sounds like you had a great day and a great run. Happy New Year! See you in 2007.

robtherunner said...

I ran this last year with Olga and really enjoyed it. If I would have been in Portland over the New Years I definitely would have returned.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

neat photos; sounds like a great run. hope kyly's ham gets better!!!!

happy new year!

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