Hiking, North Cascades, Running

Sun Mountain 25K…

…aka Coulda Woulda Shoulda. Our trail race debuts were supposed to be Yakima Skyline 25K (murderous hills) for JK and Sun Mountain 25K (low elevation gain, rolling hills) for me, but we found ourselves in Maui the weekend of the Yakima race (the horror!), and then I didn’t do anything resembling training in preparation for Sun Mountain. My mind has been elsewhere this spring, and my runs on the Powerline Trail have turned into ambling walks.

Ugly walk to the trailhead

Consequently I found myself hiking up Patterson Mountain while JK raced instead of running out there with him. JK hadn’t done much in the way of training either, so he estimated that it would take him 3.5 hours to finish – we agreed that I would be back from my hike after three hours to make sure I wouldn’t miss it.

Patterson Lake

This gave me enough time to hike part of the Patterson Lake trail (to get a paparazzi shot of JK running), then hike up Patterson and enjoy a leisurely lunch with Wellie on the summit.

JK's first race

The weather was a bit gloomy (Sun Mountain my ass!), so I focused my attention on the ground – I’ve never seen so many spring wildflowers in one place!

Shooting stars Lots of Lewisia

After munching on an avocado sandwich (me) and a jerky stick (Wellie), we hiked back to the race headquarters and made it right on time…

Patterson Mountain trail

– Patterson Mountain(++) | 8 miles | 1400 feet elevation gain –

Hot trail, cool dog

…except JK had finished 20 minutes earlier! He totally underestimated himself and finished in a very respectable 2 hours and 39 minutes. Whoop whoop whoop! He didn’t even seem tired, which I find absolutely disgusting.

Maybe next year, when I have finally gotten my act together and am shuffling along on the 25K course, he should try the 50K. We could and we should, right?

Copyright Matt Hagen

(Luckily Matt Hagen was at the finish line to capture what I missed.)

– Sun Mountain 25K | 15ish miles | 2000 feet elevation gain –

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  • Reply Daron Green June 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Hmm…I’d be suspicious ‘cos at the finish line he’s not even remotely red in the face, he doesn’t look tired and isn’t covered in dirt. Was he carrying a GPS? Did you check his track?

  • Reply Ingunn June 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Hah! I had the same thought. If it were me, I would be muddy, bloody, and missing at least one leg. Something’s amiss.

  • Reply jill i June 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Weather gloomy but oh those wildflowers! You were lucky to be there when they were at their peak! Love Sun Mountain regardless, spent many happy weekends there X-C skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and hot tubbing with friends in years past. Love how much you get out, like I used to in my twenties and early thirties before chronic tendonitis set in. Now it’s called pain management and doing as much as I can do, cheers.

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