Challenge, Issaquah Alps, Me

Adventures big and small

Another January, another chance to be resolute. Looking back on my hopeful scribbles from last year, in 2011 I intended to:

1) Write more trip reports | A gloriously unquantifiable resolution. I’ll just say I failed, mostly.

2) Not freak out if I miss out on trips | I actually worked hard on this one and have become much more comfortable spending weekends in the city or on lowland trails. Or maybe I just lost my sense of adventure.

3) Lose weight | I happily ignored this one until I came home from Utah in late October and saw video footage of myself. Gadzooks! I’m starting 2012 20 lbs lighter than 2011, so I would call this a success…but it obviously still needs work.

So to keep working on all of these resolutions, I plan to dust off my blog and post all our adventures, big and small. It’s ok if I only have crappy cell phone photos (see below) and it’s just a quick run in the Watershed or the Issaquah Alps. Anything goes.

Nutria and marmot on Cougar

Last Saturday was actually my first time out of the house in days; I had spent most of the week hibernating with a stubborn cold. Everything from the neck up was still stuffy and runny and generally charming, but my body and mind were getting restless. JK and I decided a short run on Cougar Mountain was in order to clear our sinuses.

It was my first real workout since our pre-Christmas xc ski to Tipsoo Lake, so it was shocking that my body even remembered how to move. JK’s body seemed to remember it a little bit better than mine (and he’s training for a trail race), so he ran the hills and doubled back to me for extra elevation gain while I slowly shuffled along, feeling like I was going to die. In a good way, though. Sort of.

Cougar Mountain Trails | 3.5 miles | 830 feet elevation gain

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8 Comments

  • Reply diana January 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Hey girl,

    I love your blog! You have been to some amazing places!!!! I can’t wait to see more.
    if you are even in phx lets go hiking!!!

    p.s. I totally went through the what do I post on my blog syndrome. I finally decided it was only going to be my hikes or running things. Its just to much for me otherwise and how on earth and I supposed to hike and do all the things I love if I am blogging? tee hee

    cheers
    diana

  • Reply Mary January 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I look forward to reading about your adventures.

  • Reply Libby January 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I was thinking how good you looked in recent photos and could see you’d lost weight. 20lbs is awesome – wish I could say the same :-(. Glad to hear you’ll be posting more on your blog. I always love hearing about your adventures and seeing your wonderful photos.

  • Reply Solgunn Finnesand January 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Hei Ingunn og godt nyttår!!

    Synes du har vært utrolig flink å følge punktene på lista di. Gratulerer! Men, jeg savner et punkt på den lista og det er mer scrapbooking!!!! :) Savner virkelig C&S stilen din altså.

  • Reply Mark Griffith January 15, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Good job on the weight! I really am jealous of Cougar runs….

  • Reply Ewa January 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    20lbs is a lot! Imagine running now with a 20lb pack.
    I am looking forward to reading more about your adventures.
    I tried to comment on another post (one about running) but it did not go through. :(

  • Reply Ingunn January 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks peoples!

    Ewa, that’s weird, they ended up in my spam filter. I should look for a better comment system (where I can reply to specific comments etc).

  • Reply Marissa January 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I just found your blog through a comment you left on Daily Garnish, and I’m loving reading about your adventures and looking through your amazing pictures! I’m in Seattle too and you’re inspiring me to make the effort to get out more!

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