Sunday, September 09, 2007

Birthday weekend

Saturday was my birthday and we celebrated the weekend by camping out at Clear Lake near the headwaters of the crystal clear McKenzie River. On Saturday, Marc completed the McKenzie River Trail Run 50k while the little guy and I had tons of fun cheering on him and the other runners. Despite a bit of a bonk around mile 21, Marc went on to finish strong in approximately 6:10. On Sunday morning, I went out for a 5 mile trail run on part of the course, around Clear Lake. Awesome!

Beautiful trails, wonderful people, perfect campsite, spot-on weather, gorgeous scenery: I couldn't have thought of a better way to spend my birthday!

Here are a few pictures of our weekend:

Ready to go - Marc likes to start with the fast guys. Note he's wearing racing flats and my Nathan Intensity again. He definitely dances to the beat of his own drummer!

The course went right by our campsite....runners are a blur as they race by....

Runners on the trail

One of many, many log bridge crossings

Last aid station....am I done yet?

Finishing strong!

At the finish

Along the McKenzie River

On the drive home we stopped at another lovely Oregon river, the Santiam

Not bad shape for an old guy!

13 comments:

olga said...

Yikes, I forgot about BD!!! Happy one, Sarah! And yes, your old man is surely looking good...if I am say so:) It was nice to chat with you, and I agree, the day was awesome!

Backofpack said...

Happy Birthday Sarah! Did Marc actually plan to run this one? Pretty funny for a guy who is "not a real runner". I'm glad to hear you had a good birthday weekend. Gorgeous photos!

wendy said...

The Santiam photo is amazing, but not quite as awesome as the last photo. ;-)

Happy belated birthday!

Bret said...

Good to see you Sarah! Happy belated birthday! Tell Marc good job, he is a fast one! Good luck next week at Timberline. You will love the course.

stephruns said...

Happy Birthday to you!

psbowe said...

Happy birthday Sarah!

Wow, everyone in the pic looks too damn fast!

Addy said...

Happy belated birthday!!! Glad you had such a nice weekend :)

Bob Gentile said...

Happy B-day looked like an awesome 2 days!! and ya that "not a real runner" peep ran a great time! Congrats Marc!

robtherunner said...

Happy belated birthday!

rick said...

Happy Belated Birthday Sarah!

Love the pictures. I like how you guys spend time in the outdoors camping, running and river hopping. What a great way to spend a birthday weekend. Little guy must be loving it.

Joe said...

What a great birthday, Sarah!! Glad you enjoyed it. Congrats to Marc as well!

Jack said...

Okay, I admit I am way behind in reading blogs, Happy Belated Birthday!

Darrell said...

Happy belated Birthday. I like the way you celebrate.

At least Marc wasn't wearing the Hawaiian shirt at the race! LOL!