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Friday, June 22, 2012

Phil's Phantastic (Late) Phathers Day Post

Sarah said, the day is yours to do what you'd like. My first inkling was to go for an epic cram 20 hr adventure but inadequate prep time and no family time defeated the purpose of fathers day. After running a number of scenarios in my mind, I opted for an outing with both a fitness challenge and family time.  The simplest logistical way to accomplish this is by running. I set out for a 20 mile run while Sarah and the family met up with the car at certain points for family breaks.  One of those breaks consisted of a casual hike with the family up "Extra Dry Creek".

 The second break was a run with Hahnah while she rode her new bike.

The last was a stop at friends Tyler and Erika for some play time.  The actual running time was 2hrs 30 min for the 20 miles but the total outing time was over 5 hrs of fun.  A grand day, thank you family!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Daylight advantages

Outskirts of Shishmaref

After a belated return from Shishmaref on Saturday I felt in need of a long run to stretch my legs.  My plan was to run the dexter bypass, osbourn to Nome loop.  It's about 13 miles.  At the top of the anvil / newton "pass" I ran (almost literally) into 4 muskox.

No big deal. I diverted on the tundra around them at a safe distance though at some point I decided the tundra running was a lot more fun that the gravel road. Before I could turn back I just climbed straight up Newton and then ran the ridge lines.

I didn't worry about distance and just kept the heart rate up and went running that felt more like exploring.

Muskox shedding quiviat
 It was such a blast.  My loop was not the one planned and it may have been more like 10 miles in 2 hrs but it was so much fun.  I can see the attraction to mountain / trail running.

When I returned from my run it was a transition to a night out (2 hrs really) on the town for some dancing with Sarah. Arlo Hannigan was putting on a cd release party and even had a fire dancer.  

Today was a more mellow bike-riding-kind-of-day. This was followed by a hike on the tundra with the kids on some new found trails (from yesterday's run) yelling "yo bear" a lot. I've been thinking about some nice excursions for the summer, two to be precise... more on that later