When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.

The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire

The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott

Monday, October 29, 2007

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. - Freya Stark

I am slowly getting back to some kind of legitimate workouts. Friday I was prescribed a killer leg routine that left me shaking for the cross-training at Elliptical, but it was a good feeling. Of course, Saturday night DOMS settled in - and I enjoyed it to the fullest! It did leave me wonder how mo Gorge run would go the next day...

My, it's so dark early in the mornings lately, and will only get worse. Where are the dyas when I am on trail at 6 am and it's already light? Mike picked me up at 6, and by the time we arrived at Trapper Creek trailhead on Washington State side of Columbia River Gorge - it was still dask. Can you believe Bushwhacker was wearing double-layers? Must have been really cold at the start:) We took off, and the trail rolled gently in the first couple of miles, so I was making effort to run when I am supposed to.

I love these hours just before the sunrise, I am a totally morning person, not even morning, but exactly that - the wee hours as the plum night turns to grey. It is such a special feeling...

The trail started getting steeper, but what a beautiful place it is! This time of the year is great to explore new sites, and I had only been on WA side a couple of times (once for Dog Mtn and once pacing Horton at his PCT crossing from OR). It is definitely less traveled than our usual places where we run all the time.

An eye candy of a trail! Soft, green, dense...we watched the sun rise and throw bright rays here and there where it could get through the lush of trees. The climb got steeper, and of course I managed to take a detour trail and add on some distance - I HAVE to get lost when I run:) Eventually we approached a gorgeous view on the waterfall on the other side, and this beauty reminded me of Yosemity fall, just smaller.

After that we had a bit more of runnable ground, along the bear grass (what a treat, so wonderful to touch and to any senses!) Crossing a creek on the log always provides a challenge for me - I have no coordination on this things! I wonder how I manage to run downhill between rocks and roots and not fall (for the most part anyway, at least I am catching myself safely). One last grueling climb, that lasted what seemed to be forever (may be 20 min?), and we are at the top. How spoiled we were that day with the weather and magnificent views all around! Oregon has an Indian summer, I bet, right now, and the best day to venture was picked. Wow!

Catching my own shadow:)

After 3 hrs of climb and 15 min break we took on a long winded downhill. At first I felt fine, but then either it was weight lifting from Friday, non enough recovery from SD 30 miles, absent of regular training or general tiredness, I had to let Mike go. I went deep into my thoughts and shuffled on this pine-needle covered trail all by myself, for a whole hour, without any sign of civilization, only birds and trees, and maple leave covered trail, and trees surrounding close in...

Too fast and blurry? Nah, just my camear fakes on me:)

At the end of a trail Mike lead me to a surprise statue - from afar it looked almost scary, surely unexpected. I was really done at this point, and was happy to walk last half a mile to the car. It was a beautiful day, yet another one spent on trail, with friend, fully submerged to "being".

After that I took Stephen to a pool and to a movie. We had a great time - and my camera was still acting up on me:)


  1. glad to hear you are getting back into the swing of things. Looks like a great day out on the trail. I agree, I like the morning too, but its dark here until almost 7:30.. crazy.

  2. Bushwhacker29/10/07 13:10

    It was a great trail. Nice pics from the San Diego run especially the swim suit shots, very hot!! Thanks for the memories.

  3. "There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do."

    That quote is a keeper for sure!

    Nice to explore new areas on such a beautiful weekend. I haven't been to the WA side in a long time either. See you at Autumn Leaves! : )

  4. Awesome pics! Beautiful place for a run for sure.

  5. Great looking trails. I'm jealous!

  6. Very Nice Weekend Olga on the trails...love the pics

    and come on the fast blurry pic was SO ur speed & not the camera, ur so humble :-)

  7. Olga,

    I love your title quote. Love it. Love it. Love it. Thanks for that.

    PS. Don't tell us it's your camera malfunctioning. :)


  8. Looks like another great day on the trails Olga!

  9. Where do you find these quotations? They are wonderful!

    And I especially enjoy these posts that are half writing, half photos. Beautiful.

  10. What a totally awesome way to spend the day! Beautiful place indeed!

  11. nothing better than hanging out with family after spending hours out on an early morning run. glad to read that all is well with you, keep it up!

  12. That quote totally rocks!

    Luv the pictures - you are a total stud and sound like you're in a good place. =) (PS - liked the Jurek quote too!)