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Portland Water District Full Moon Snowshoe Trek

Friday, March 21, 2014

2 hour hike at Sunset on Tuesday!

This picture was taken at Snake Pond - Nope no snakes around that night!

PS I am the second from left - with the reflective gloves

PSS no it isn't cold when you are working hard!

PSS It IS nice to go in a group and there is no way I would EVER be out in the wooded trails by myself at night..... Just requires keeping your eyes open for these opportunities. I found this in a local newsletter published y the Portland Water District. I actually learned a few things as well!

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GENRE009 3/23/2014 11:20PM

    It's nice to have a group to do things with.

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PDQ1203 3/23/2014 9:49AM


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SMITTY4RL 3/21/2014 2:44PM

    Cool! Was it very cold out?

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Official Bad @#$!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

To win the highly coveted title (and the hat) you have to run all 3 of the Snow shoe races hosted by the Trail Monsters. The first was 3 miles in January the second was 4.6 in February and the third was last Sunday (March 9th) and it was 5 miles.......I figure that the snowshoe races time wise are at least 2x the effort of a road race .....

If you did not have "racing snow shoes" you could borrow a pair (with prior notification) to the race director. Racing snowshoes are lighter and narrower than traditional snowshoes. The most notable mfg is Dion out of Vermont.

Each race was held at Bradbury Mountain in Pownal Maine.

A lot of fun and so glad I participated and pretty happy with my hat!

I guess with the winter we have had you've just got to make an effort to enjoy it!

Oh yeah legs were stiff on Monday - and helpful tip kicking yourself in the ankle with your snowshoe is not fun!

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BLITZEN44 3/19/2014 7:06PM

    I've never heard of racing snow shoes! Sounds like they would be fun to try. Congrats on your victory! emoticon

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PDQ1203 3/15/2014 8:50AM


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TXPATRIOT 3/15/2014 12:37AM

    Racing snow!

So cool!


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GARDENCHRIS 3/13/2014 8:28AM

    Well now we can claim to have official bad a$$ and smart a$$ awards on this team! emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 3/13/2014 7:35AM

    If you must seek out the title of "bad $#!" this would be the way to go..........glad you enjoyed it!

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SMITTY4RL 3/13/2014 7:07AM

    So cool! You are a bad a$$, lol. How are the legs? Are they sore from the strange way of running?

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GENRE009 3/12/2014 4:46PM


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BOILHAM 3/12/2014 1:58PM

    I went to the website and checked it out. Very fun looking race.Glad you made bad @$$.

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CATLADY52 3/12/2014 1:56PM

    emoticon on getting your hat. Sounds like fun, but I'll be staying indoors for a while longer. emoticon

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LEWILL1982 3/12/2014 1:34PM

    Sounds like fun! That is definitely extra effort worthy, running in snow, congrats on being a bad a%$!

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Midwinter Classic 10 miler

Monday, February 03, 2014

This is one of those races that sells out in a few hours! Seriously .... a hilly course - 10 miles - in Maine - in February! ...and a thousand of us could not wait to do it!
Nice to know if you are nuts that you have lots of company.

Race time 9:45..... approx 40 degrees out - cold for a lot of you and for some of us a welcome relief from the single digit temps that we have had. The running outfits ranged from tank tops and shorts to many layers with a warm hat and gloves. I was in the middle, over the calf compression socks, long running pants, silk long underwear top - a mid weight running jacket running gloves and a headband.... it was a little cold at the start but you know the old adage.....if you are warm enough before the start of the race then you are overdressed.

logistics were good - 3 water/Gatorade stops loots of volunteers to direct traffic... and a nice warm gym to warm up in before and after the race. yogurt, bagels, pizza , coffee and enough water.

Last year I came in second in my age group - this year I did a little bit better and came in 5th! Tough age group!!! Still I was happy with my time and managed to have fun.....FUN???? did I say 10 hilly miles in Maine in February?

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AMANDANCES 3/7/2014 10:17AM

    That sounds AWESOME! I'm getting over my aversion to running in the snow, so this sounds like it was a lot of fun!

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    Way to go! I agree "just signing up makes you a winner". This time of year can be brutal.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/6/2014 7:52PM

    Wow, just signing up for that makes you a winner in my book (says the weather wimp).
Good for you!

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MBTEPP 2/6/2014 9:51AM

    Great race! 10 miles is a nice length, hills would make it a challenge. Wow, did you luck out with the weather in Maine, in February, during the polar vortex! Lucked out!!!


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GENRE009 2/5/2014 7:24PM

    wow, you are truly a champion. great job. I feel like a winey waiting for summer, and it's sports. emoticon emoticon

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SHARON7464 2/5/2014 8:04AM

    Sounds like a total blast! Great job emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 2/4/2014 7:23AM

    emoticon! Congrats on the race!

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ONMYMEDS 2/3/2014 7:47PM

    Sounds like fun to me. Nice job!!


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TAICHIDANCER 2/3/2014 6:29PM

    Congrats on a great race.

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RACEWELLWON 2/3/2014 4:04PM

    Good for you - nice turn out for crazy runners - lol - I would Welcome 40 above opposed to 40 below as it has been lately - Great job !

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LEWILL1982 2/3/2014 4:03PM

    Sounds like a blast! Congrats and way to get it done! I think I'd still be out there on a hilly race. I did a 5.5 mile relay over the weekend, but it was flat, and a lot of fun!

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My Thoughts and Prayers

Monday, January 06, 2014

Are with my Spark Buddies across the country...... stay warm stay safe.......we can make up for the outdoor running miles and getting out to the gym later..... right now take care of yourselves!

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SMITTY4RL 1/6/2014 9:21AM

    Yep, it's a chilly one out. Minus 3 so far and that's the high where I'm from. lol

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MARGARITTM 1/6/2014 9:04AM

    Yak trax are my friend it is a sheet of ice out there

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TAICHIDANCER 1/6/2014 8:18AM

    Of course your Spark buddies in Australia are wondering "What is she on about?" emoticon
~ TaiChiDancer (inside in frozen New Hampshire)

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GARDENCHRIS 1/6/2014 8:09AM

    Goota drive in it this morn :((

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ONMYMEDS 1/6/2014 7:30AM

    I already went to my gym, and it was closed!! Didn't realize I belonged to such a wimpy gym.

It's -15F here in the NW suburbs of Chicago and that's the REAL tempurature. The wind chill is -37F.

"insert frozen smiley emoticon here"

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AZMOMXTWO 1/6/2014 7:10AM

  thanks for caring
you do the same

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SUZIPAM1 1/6/2014 7:09AM

    how considerate of you for caring

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1000 running mile challenge 2014

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The challenge

Run 1000 miles in 2014.

Math will tell you that it averages 20 miles a week
For those who are planning on a marathon this year..... this should be a piece of cake.

Who's in????

On your mark!

How did it go for January are we all on target?

So how's it going.....I am on track and then

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LEWILL1982 12/30/2013 1:51PM

    I'm in. Might be difficult in our summer months with heat and humidity, but that's a good goal, I was thinking about it this morning, actually!

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FASTGORILLA 12/29/2013 8:03AM

  I'm in!

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MARGARITTM 12/29/2013 7:52AM

    Hey if you can't do 1000 just aim at it........If you did 500 last year bump it up 10 percent .

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MARGARITTM 12/29/2013 7:48AM

    This should allow for all sorts of things that may affect progress. ... but this will keep me on target as well!!!!

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SMITTY4RL 12/29/2013 7:47AM

    Well, I'm averaging 10 or less miles per week, so this might be out of my league, lol. But I could try! Hope you let us know how it's goes ;-).

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ONMYMEDS 12/29/2013 7:36AM

    Easy, peasy, I'm in!! Bring it on!!!


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