I can't believe it's been a week since we got to Portland! We are getting our internet and cable installed on Tuesday so I've only been able to use public computers, hence, the lack of posting. Anyway, we loooooove Portland! So fun! We love our apartment, the location right downtown, the tons of restaurants and coffee shops and bars and parks and art galleries and outdoor stores. There is a farmer's market next door on Thursday nights, there was a big neighborhood-wide art festival the other evening, the waterfront is packed with people enjoying the weather, and everyone all around just seems so damn happy. Also, everyone is SO nice! Seriously, the people on the street, in the elevator, at the coffee shop, everyone is just incredibly friendly.
We're making progress on the job front: we both had interviews last week and while mine was only allright, Zach's was good, and we're both hoping we hear back. Otherwise we'll forge ahead with the job search.
The running around Portland is amazing. We've mainly been hitting up the waterfront paths but also ventured up to Forest Park one day. I will put up some pictures when I get internet in my apartment. It is beautiful. It's been an adventure finding our way around. I'm feeling really good on these runs too. The 9:00 range is feeling easy and I was able to push through a fast run with Zach as well. We did our first longish run today and it felt great. Here's the First Week in Portland Run-Down:
5.5 miles/48:47/8:52 average pace
Waterfront run solo
6.0 miles/49:05/8:11 average pace
Forest Park with Zach
4.6 miles/2:00 ish
5.0 miles/44:06/8:49 average pace
Waterfront with Zach
10.0 miles/1:31:04/9:06 average pace
Eastbank Esplanade/Springwater Corridor with Zach
TOTAL miles this week: 26.5
So, Wednesday is my BIRTHDAY!! I will be turning 28. We're planning on going for a long run, specifically the Third Annual Happy Birthday Half Marathon. Then we'll do some other fun stuff and go out for dinner. Our marathon training for California International Marathon (December 7) starts the following Monday.
Have a great weekend and week everyone, I'll post pictures galore next week. :)