AZT Training – “Urban Hiking”

6.5 miles / 350′ elevation gain

Yesterday I spent two hours of my afternoon “hiking” along the Elliott Bay Trail carrying a 22.5 lb. pack.  Over the weekend I purchased new trail runners to wear during my hike along the Arizona Trail, so I decided it was time to test them out.  The first day of my thru-hike on the AZT I plan to hike 13.5 miles gaining over 3000′ in elevation.  After finishing this short hike, it looks like I have a lot of training ahead of me over the next few weeks.

Sculpture Park

“Hiking” through the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA

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A view of Mount Rainier along the Elliott Bay Trail, Seattle, WA

Wildlife Wednesday 03/30/2016

While running along the Elliott Bay Trail in Seattle, I finally had the opportunity to see and hear a raft of sea lions!  I’ve been running this trail for over a year now and have seen a variety of wildlife including several bald eagle sightings.  During every run, I scan the Puget Sound hoping to see marine life on the horizon.  Maybe one of these days I’ll finally see some orcas…fingers crossed.