Excuse me, on your left, excuse me, thank you. EXCUSE me! These were the words out of my mouth for the first couple miles today running on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). As I uttered these words with less frequency, I knew that I was getting further out on the trail and the sounds turned from my voice to the sweet sounds of nature—birds chirping, the occasional water rushing from a stream, and the wind blowing softly through the trees. If was a beautiful day on Mt. Hood and I was in my element.
I’m staying at my brother and sister-in-law’s mountain cabin near Government Camp for the weekend and decided a run on the PCT would be the perfect post Speedgoat 50K recovery run while also being good training for next month’s Pikes Peak marathon.My goal for the day was about 10-15 miles but when my Garmin watch decided to stop working, my goal switched from timing myself to enjoying my time on the trail. It was a beautiful day and as I headed north from Timberline Lodge my run consisted of mostly descents with frequent views of Mt. Hood. A river crossing on my return became one of the highlights of my day.