What a great day – jogged 33.6 miles which makes 447 miles in 12 days and also marks the second day we haven’t been rained on, and the final day on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail through eastern Washington; which given it’s a rocky and unforgiving trail I shall not be sad to leave behind. The scenery and views today were once again stunning with fields for miles around and I saw lots of deer and falcons (jury still out on if they’re actually falcons but look a lot like them).
This evening I went to a lovely dinner at Mariah and Jonathan’s house in Spokane. It was great to meet Jonathan and catch up with Mariah who I knew when she was living in London and in my running club. We had delicious Turkey burgers, corn and salad, plus a very good cookie ice-cream sandwich. Mariah had also baked cookies and flapjack! (This counts for those of you who don’t think I’m covering enough baking here!) I’m going to enjoy introducing the others to flapjack and the cookies are really tasty.
Update on other stuff:
Injuries: quad doing better, right hamstring now a bit tight but not bad. Blisters not very nice and must remember to change shoes tomorrow – I’ve been rotating trainers but the last 2 days wore the same pair which may have been a mistake on that tough, wet trail.
Crew: this morning we said ‘bye to Marty and Corky who had stayed on to crew after Marty had to pull out, they will be missed as were great to have around and incredibly helpful this past week. This evening is Karen’s last night – she’s back to Illinois in the morning. She’s acted as my PA – sorting out my phone with AT&T when I couldn’t get anywhere and also sorting out some hotel bookings; has been a navigational superstar for Heidi and has really made me giggle a lot with episodes in the Roadrunner, especially the emptying of the poop! She will also be missed but we’ll see her again, as we pass close to her house later in the trip. Justin’s brother Adam is here to help for a week and is already finding out the fun of crewing – it’s tough job!