Sunday, September 19, 2010

Birthday (Observed)

I celebrated my 30th b-day with friends back at home this weekend.

Zach and I started the day off with a great trail run in Forest Park. The past several years I’ve run a “Happy Birthday Half Marathon,” but this year that had to be adjusted. I don’t think I mentioned it on here but I twisted my foot really bad a couple weeks ago and just to be safe I didn’t run at all the week before our trip. I ran twice in Europe and it was fine, but I knew running 13 miles would be a bit much. So I settled on a “Metric Half Marathon” which is 8.14 miles. Random I know! We ran up in Forest Park on the Wildwood Trail. That stretch of the Wildwood isn’t very hilly but in order to get TO the trail you have to climb up like 500 feet over a half a mile on the Wild Cherry Trail. I’ve done this before but always have to take walk breaks. Yesterday I made it all the way up without walking!! I never thought that was possible. Zach said “Isn’t that a great way to start your 30’s? Doing the impossible?” :) Once we were up on the Wildwood we had a great run. I was feeling really good and my foot doesn’t hurt at all anymore. It was really foggy and humid and about 65 degrees.


Starting off:


Heading up, up, up the Wild Cherry Trail:


I did it!!!

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We spent the evening with friends at a nice restaurant in Northwest Portland, it was so fun to see everyone! It was a really wonderful birthday celebration. :)

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Thanks for reading! :)


Lisa said...

Nice run! I've been wanting to run those trails for a year now. I just haven't had the opportunity and then I got injured. How muddy was it?

kelsalynn said...

Happy birthday!

Nice run! That hill looked brutal!

Chloe said...

Awesome run! And the weather?? Can we trade?? :) I'm turning 30 in a few weeks and totally stressing out!!

Alisa said...

Fun times! I think Amy made have taken me on a similar wildwood loop and we walked a LOT of wild cherry or whatever trail we had to use to get to wildwood---phew!

Jo Lynn said...

Oh, happy birthday honey!
I love pictures of you smiling. ;)

Beth said...

Happy birthday! I love all of the Portland trail pics.

John said...

Happy (belated) Birthday, fellow Virgo! Believe me, it just keeps getting better. Cheers!

My Life and Running said...

I'm not sure I've ever commented, but I love your blog & the path you're taking in life. Hope the birthday was a joyful one!

Ewen said...

I love your idea of the metric half marathon - I'm going to lobby for that. 13.1k is the perfect distance.

Happy belated birthday! Enjoy your fourth decade ;)

Marathon Maritza said...

So glad you had a great run and another fab birthday celebration!!! I MISS YOU!!!!

Marya said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Looks like you had a fabulous time! Way to concur that trail!!

Tara said...

eeeekkk that was a big hill! Great job on tackling it! Definitely a nice way to kick off your 30s :)