• 08 Feb 2014 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    Really I would love to know. HHRG has been around for 2.5 years, growing slowly but steadily to about 120 runners. Then from November 2013 to February 2014, we grew to about 180 runners, a pretty sudden jump. Totally not sure why. Totally excited.

    We have a few friends in the business, including The Balanced Athlete, Evergreen Trail Runs and Super Jock ‘n Jill, who supported us immediately at our debut in 2011 and continue to send runners our way.

    Last summer we got some sunshine from TrailRunner magazine in the article “How to Start Your Own Running Group.” We made the cut for Seattle Bike Gurl’s running list. We also recently got mention in an article about various free and fee-based athletic programs in “How to Rock an Outdoor Winter Workout” in ParentMap.

    I often ask new people how they found out about HHRG, and most answer that they heard from a friend of the friend.

    Today we had three new-to-us runners, and one was there with a friend who’d been there before. But one new runner said her dental hygienist had told her about HHRG. Perfect. (Thanks Drew! We were pretty sure it was you!) And we had one woman today who hadn’t met any of us before. She’d emailed me the night before just to see what would happen, and of course I told her I was excited for her to come out.

    My favorite new runners are those who show up knowing no one. So. Brave. I mean, there is nothing to be brave about really. You will be quickly assimilated and have a great time. But there are so many reasons that one could think up to go to a parking lot at 8 am on a Saturday to face strangers.

    So what will you see when you show up at the parking lot? Something like the picture below, especially if it’s raining. Walk right up to us, and we will start talking to you. We start off each run by getting in a circle and sharing names and distance goals. Then we all take off together, no one left behind, heads counted at every intersection. No lies. And coffee after! So come on out! And as always feel free to contact us if you need a nudge.

  • 07 Jun 2012 9:29 AM | Anonymous
    I'll be doing the Cougar Mountain Race Series 8 mile race this 16th and I encourage you to do the same. It's an 8 mile race so the route will be similar to the usual HHRG run. And, the race starts at 9 am, which is slightly more civilized than our usual 8 am push-off. While it may seem a little silly to pay to run the same trails you run for free the rest of the year, please consider that the Cougar Mountain Race Series organizers have put years of effort into signage and maintenance at Cougar. They are the main reason the trails are the best around year round. There were several windstorms last winter, and all trees were cleared within a week. Also, those trails drain relatively well during and after wet spells, which keep them runnable all year. So, with that in mind, the race fee is a real bargain. You're supporting the magical trail fairies!

    We also have four special events coming up this summer:

    1. June 23 is our First Annual Sexy Shirt Run. This idea was conceived on a wet winter Saturday run and therefore has been long in the waiting. The concept is that most, if not all, of us have at one time purchased a sexy shirt with the best of intentions to wear it in public but have so far been without the occasion/bravery to do so. Well, we provide the occasion! You provide the bravery, which should be easier at 8 am in a forest with a bunch of other ladies. Wearing a sexy shirt is not required, but it is of course encouraged. Sexy dresses are also totally in as long as they do not hinder your awesome stride. Note that you'll get whatever it is sweaty, though. For some sexy attire, this could spell ruin. At usual Saturday run location and time, no RSVP required.

    2. July 28th is the White River 50. A few of you are running it, but the rest of you should consider supporting the mile 17 aid station at Corral Pass. We are sharing this station with The Balanced Athlete. If you've never done an aid station, you should - it's a total hoot, it's helpful to see a race from "the other side", and you're supporting race organizers and other runners. To sweeten the pot, after all the racers go by, there is the option to run downhill back to the start via either the 17 miles that racers ran up or the 10ish mile route that racers run down. Both routes are beautiful with huge views and solid trails... and did I mention all downhill, dig it! Think about it, and if you decide to join us, please RSVP on the website so that I can correspond with you directly closer to the event.

    3. August 10-12 is the HHRG Enchantments fast hike/run. I pushed back the original dates by a week. Read the description on the HHRG website, which I still think is my best possible effort to advertise paradise using the English language. Please RSVP as soon as you know you will make it. I will arrange for accommodations soon, and a rough head count is helpful for this! If you already signed up for the August 3-5 dates and you haven't told me you can't make the new dates, I'll move you over to the new list.

    4. August 18 will be the First Annual HHRG Menvitational. Bring your partners/friends to the Saturday run, regardless of gender. Feminine attire is encouraged but not required. Welcoming, supportive environment will be provided. Celebrate everyone! I picked August 18th because August is named after a guy and 18 is the age of consent... around these parts anyway. At usual Saturday run location and time, no RSVP required.

    Finally, speaking of sexy shirts, HHRG tshirts are on the way! I'll be bringing them to the Saturday runs starting in a few weeks. Details coming soon!

  • 26 Mar 2012 6:28 PM | Anonymous
    It's tough to describe speed on the trails, but I'll try since the issue comes up frequently.

    We generally break into two or three groups in the first 1/4 mile. All have a great social vibes and positive outlooks, but they have different outlooks about speed.

    The "black diamond" group tends to have a lot of running experience, "prey drive", and the body mechanics to move fast. They can't all make the Saturday run all the time due to other commitments. So, we are currently looking to build this group further. If you are interested in coming out but are worried you won't get a good enough workout, I dare you to try this group. If it disappoints, I can point out an extra two mile loop that will have you trying really hard to get back to the parking lot before the rest of us do. Trail experience is not required; if you're fast on pavement, you'll be fast on trails, and you'll get some great tips from experienced trail runners.

    The "blue square" group is now a really good solid group with a relatively wide range of trail experience, "prey drive" and body mechanics. Many have always run for recreation or have some sort of prior competitive or daring sports experience such as soccer, mountain biking and skiing. Some are building speed, some are using this as a recovery run, some are using this as their only weekly run. Some of them fast walk a few of the bigger hills, but overall they keep a peppy pace on flats and they often scream down the downhill sections.

    The "green circle" group is a very inspiring mix of people very new to trail running, people recently beginning to build running fitness, expectant mothers and every once in a while someone with a hangover. Maybe a dozen women have lost their trail virginity on our Saturday runs, and they've loved it. This group walks most of the significant hills and otherwise hold what I'm guessing is a pace equivalent to an 11 or 12 minute mile on flat pavement. This group is very solid; while each week new people show up, there has been a consistently strong showing at this speed.

    I hope that answers most questions. As always, if you want to know more, feel free to email me!
  • 25 Feb 2012 12:07 PM | Anonymous
    Enchantments weekend - It's official! It is also an event on our calendar. Again, I cannot overstate how fun this will be. I have not reserved a place to stay yet, but I will based on number of RSVPs. Please check out this event's description, including my comments about fitness level. If you plan to go, please RSVP - but again doing so does not commit you to paying money at this point. Email me with questions!
  • 25 Feb 2012 12:06 PM | Anonymous
    Sunflower Relay - It's official. It's an event on our calendar. I reserved a house with a hot tub and a pool about 20 steps from the gigantic kitchen and a river in view of the house. I cannot overstate how fun this weekend will be. It will be a big party with some fantastic running. All are welcome. You can do any length of run from 2 to 26 miles or do support. See our website for more details. Email me with questions. Please RSVP if you plan to go. I will be emailing those who sign up about details, carpooling, relay teams, etc as May approaches. At this point, your RSVP does not commit you to racing or paying for accommodations. The week before the event, we'll gel relay entries and payment based on final RSVPs.
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