A full and fun weekend. One of those weekends where I really count my blessings. I love living in Portland, I have great friends, etc..
Stepping back a bit- last week I had some really great runs in the beautiful fall weather. I did the waterfront run with Alisa, I did a fast-ish run with Zach, and we also did a trail run together – probably the last time we’ll get out after work (with the time change coming) and also the last time we’ll run without getting a lower-body mud bath. It was great. I officially like running again.
So this weekend- Saturday Zach and I went to the Portland Rock Gym for an Intro to Climbing class. He’s been going for about a month (plus, he used to go all the time as a kid), but I’d never been. Turns out, I LOVE it! I had a blast. It was a little scary, and definitely tough, but I caught right on. I think all the yoga has given me good upper body strength and great balance, so I did good my first time out. It was awesome. Pics below! We spent the evening over at our friends’ house playing Pictionary and drinking beer and laughing our asses off.
Today we went out to the eastern end of the Springwater trail for a run. It was pouring rain and cold and windy. Booooo! I kept it really easy and managed to finish feeling strong, although thoroughly soaked. I ran 11 miles which is the farthest I’ve run in like 2 months I think. Yay!
We went out to brunch at Besaw’s and then cleaned up and headed back to the climbing gym. I tried some harder stuff and just practiced really basic movements and tried to get a feel for it. Zach did some really hard routes and I got to test my belaying skills as he fell several times, ha! Good stuff.
Just now got back from yoga, but it was an easy stretching and meditation class- just what I needed.
I’m feeling very versatile. I love it.
Last dry trail run of the year:
Climbing – my first belay:
My first climb:
After the climbing lesson, Bunk Sandwiches!
Finishing long run today in rainy fall weather:
Have a great week gang!