365 Days of Running (and counting!)

Last year, my 2014 New Year’s resolution was to run every day in the month of January. I made this goal because I didn’t want to let running fall backseat to the huge changes going on in my life at the time. I dedicated January to running daily and a habit formed. I found my “me” time again :)
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Next thing I knew, February came and went. And when spring came around, I figured well, I might as well keep going. photo (2)

Summer and fall trails filled our miles with joy and our shoes with dirt.
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Late fall and winter running meant back to headlamps and reflective gear, tights and waterproof jackets. But nothing – not one day’s worth of stress or bad weather or social plans – seemed to be a big enough reason to stop the streak.
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On December 31, 2014, Weez, Cabo, and I celebrated my 365th run of the year – a year’s full of happy, healthy legs – in the best way possible: a headlamp-lit, night run in Forest Park with friends.

And just like that, every single day in 2014 was graced with run.

We’ve made some pretty awesome memories because of the streak, too.

Like the time we ran all the way around the rim of an ancient volcano in the Galapagos and got to see the fog roll in and out.photo 1

Or the time were on a 3-day backpacking trip, but carried running shoes to keep the streak alive.  Bonus: running was a great way to warm up after crawling out of a cold tent.

One time, I fell asleep on the couch after a long day and Weez woke me at 11:45PM – just in time to lace up the shoes for a 2 mile loop around the neighborhood.

There’ve been miles on rocks and sand, beaches and mountains, trails and pavement.
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6 different states and 2 countries.
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But most of the running happened at 4:30AM, before work began and we had the sidewalks to ourselves. Headlamps lighting the way. Or at lunch break. Or even on our quick 1-mile “Cabo-loop” at home, between pages in the evening.

It’s been a huge blessing for so many reasons, and for that, I don’t see a reason to end the streak just because 2014 did :)

Cheers to a happy, healthy New Year! And many more miles to come!

New Year, New Look

I’m baaaaaaaack!

I’m a sucker for a good makeover and let’s face it, EfoRunner needed it. So what do ya think?

The header photo is from the one and only, Forest Park. If you know Portland, you know Forest Park.

The site design should be pretty mobile friendly for all you read-on-the-goers (like me).

Click on the tabs up top (Hey I’m Efo!, Race Reports, Contact) and you might find some updated info :)

Navigating around should be pretty easy, so have fun poking around.

I’ll see you again soon! Happy New Years!

2015. Woah.

Thankful

Time flies when you’re having fun//being an adult with a real world job (not always synonymous). There are so many things I am beyond thankful for lately. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving this week: a list!

These days, I am thankful for…

1.) The lush, vibrant colors of Pacific Northwest trails. Over weekends not on-call, you can most likely find us (or rather, not find us) hiking/backpacking around Oregon with Cabo and friends. This state rocks.
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2.) Family. I/we couldn’t have a better support system. From birthdays, to graduations, to weddings, we’ve seen family a ton this year (but of course not nearly enough). Not a thing more important to me than family, and I just love mine. If you’re reading this, thanks for being awesome, guys.

Bonus: my sister and her crew live just 2.5 hrs from us. Back in Boulder, it was my bro who lived only 3hrs from us, and now in Portland, we get to be this close to my sister. Plus, it just means we get to see our parents twice as much when they visit (*hint, brother, get your butt out here).

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3.) Our new house! Back in August, Weez and I BOUGHT A HOUSE (still doesn’t feel real) and it is definitely the coolest. It’s gorgeous, in the perf location, backs up to protected green space and TRAILS (literally, our backyard runs into a 10-mile trail system), and fits our current needs perfectly.
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It took a couple months, but the place is all set up and as ya’ll know, we love hosting dinner parties and family/friends’ visits. It’s fantastic having 2 extra guest rooms! More on the house later :)

4.) Adventure. And the much appreciated holidays-from-the-real. I’m really looking forward to our annual Thanksgiving Backpacking Trip this week, and then CHRISTMAS ‘break’ in 3 weeks!

Also back in August, Weez and I traveled to the Galapagos for 2 weeks of adventure/SCUBA diving/wildlife photograph’ing/beach-lounging/bike-riding/seal-stalking/tortoise-rescuing. Such a dream.
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Seals are the CUTEST. Basically, the Cabo’s of the Sea.
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5.) Running. It’s been my therapy. Our Us Time. Whether it’s a quick 1 mile loop with Cabo or 6 hours on single tracks, I have fought hard to keep running from falling back seat. And the streak lives! 326 days and counting.

We ran – and completed!!! – the Silver Falls 50K on November 7, 2014 and it was painful/empowering/wonderful.
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Weez and I ran together the whole time (not always rainbows and butterflies, but ultimately so glad we had each other to pull along) and we WOULD HAVE finished side by side except he totally cut me off to finish a whole second ahead of me. What happened to chivalry?! Sheesh.
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5:59 well-spent hours on delicious single tracks, ducking around waterfalls and giant trees. Would I do a 50k again? Heck yeah.

6.) And finally, Weez. Goodlord I could not do this thing (life) without him. He makes me laugh when I’m sad, tucks me in when I’m tired, challenges me when we both know I need it, and supports our family in immeasurable ways. He’s basically crushing life, and I can’t believe I won by snatching this guy up.
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Life has its ups and downs and this year hasn’t always been particularly easy, but I am so thankful for my family, friends, and health. Plus, our totally goofy dog. She’s the best.
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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! What are you thankful for this year?