A few months ago, my sig Mark and I jetted off to Seattle for a long weekend. We loved our time in this beautiful northwestern city- including the food and coffee, and access to amazing national parks!
Trail runners/hikers/outdoors enthusiasts: I’m sure you’re aware of Mount Rainier National Park. A roughly two hour-three drive from Seattle, the park offers many hikes of different durations and difficulties. Mark and I drove out to the northwestern section of the park for a two hour hike which started at Mowich Lake– an unbelievably crystal clear and majestic sight!
I am a 30-something from Boston, MA and I love to run, travel, and be out in the wild! Follow my blog for a glimpse into all of those things.
I started running with my high school track team and continued with shorter distances into college. I built up the courage to try longer distances post-college and I signed up for my first half marathon on May 2010. My first 13.1 miler was full of highs and lows, but as soon as I crossed the finish line I wanted to tackle my next big goal: the full marathon.
In 2011, my sister and I agreed to run our first marathon together. We trained by following Hal Higdon’s Marathon: Novice 1 . On race day, I had no idea what to expect, but once I crossed the finish line I knew that this would not be my last marathon. Since then I’ve run 12 more marathons, and each one was its own unique experience! One of my big goals was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I have twice met the official qualifying time, but both times ended up missing the final cut because of the number of registrants!
With encouragement from friends, family, and fellow runners, including an elite runner that I highly respect, I decided to move away from a strict time goal and instead focus on my love for: