A few weeks ago, but seemingly months ago, I headed to Bend, OR with my home girl Angie for a little running and a whole lotta shopping and relaxing. The pseudo-destination was a trail marathon put on by Fresh Air Sports, 99% on dirt trails through the high-desert manzanita brush, old growth forests, and refreshing creek beds. The real destination was a girls-only weekend far away from reality.
Date: August 8, 2010
Time: I don't even know! Or care! Somewhere north of 3 hours.
We headed over to Bend on the morning before the event (about a 2.5 hour drive), and then spent about 6 hours shopping and hanging out in downtown. Cute boots, yummy meals, coffee stops, and tons of laughter filled our day. In the evening we checked out beach cruiser bikes from our hotel (The Oxford, awesome place and highly recommended!), cruised around the neighborhoods, ate more yummy food, and got caught in a weird classic car show in the middle of town. We topped off the day with a soak in the jacuzzi and indulging in reality television. It might not sound like it, but it was the perfect day.
As is common with a trail race, the aid stations were spaced pretty far apart. But they were well stocked and the volunteers were awesome. The trail was very well marked, but it would be nice to have a few more mile markers along the way. Overall, I have no real complaints.