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Portland Trip

City of ROSES! I love you! I had SO much fun up in Portland this past weekend! From all the shopping I did to the little Jingle Bell 5k I ran, it was a blast and the weather was just beautiful. One of my main concerns was that I would freeze to death, but wearing 4 shirts and a jacket kept me pretty warm! I basically only have ‘warm clothes’ from forever 21, which equals out to be sweaters that are see thru and then fake pea coats which are more for fashion than warmth. It was such a great trip and Portland is gorgeous. The cold brisk air was a nice change and I also got in another run besides the 5k which was a fun way to explore the city.

Heading up, the flight wasn’t bad at all, even though it was at 6:00 in the morning! Hence the tired eyes. We got there, hit up the airport bar as we waited for a friend to arrive from Scottsdale. It was really fun especially because the “Civil War” game was also this weekend when Oregon State and Oregon were playing each other. Everyone was geared up in all their colors all weekend. After we took the train to the hotel and dropped our bags, we went to Deschutes Brewery, shopped around and went to the Rouge Brewery as well. We stopped at a lot of places to look at different random stuff and also went to a great bar called Henrys.

Friday morning I got up and ran around a bit, over by Portland State University and it was so nice to be in a new area and just run without my Garmin, who sadly couldn’t get any satellite. It was a great morning and I easily got in 3 miles. Running in a long sleeve, long pants, jacket, mittens and my north face ear warmer made for a perfect run and I wasn’t cold! It is such a nice city!

View from the Hotel room. Gorgeous! We ate more and more and more and just hung out around town. No sales tax is pretty awesome. :)

I was lucky enough to find a little 5k before I left to go up there to run while I was in town. It was a fun course right along the water and I’ll have my race recap up tomorrow. :)

It was really fun though!

Finally, I had a great meet up with my aunt and uncle who drove all the way from Portland to have lunch with me. I haven’t seen them in forever and they are so fun! I love them so much and it was great to catch up. Then, I took the train back to the lovely airport and got on the plane ride from HELL. It was the WORST flight I have ever been on. There was SO much turbulence and I hate flying as it is. My palms were so sweaty and my body is achy today from clenching for two hours. How embarrassing. It was really bad though. People were screaming… Yea, not cool.

But overall, a great trip and I LOVE Portland and can’t wait to visit again soon! Tomorrow is the little 5k race recap and then Wednesday is the giveaway winners picked and the next Decemeber giveaway! YAY!


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  • Reply Christine

    I also ran a Jingle Bell 5k this past weekend, in Fort Collins, Colorado!

    December 6, 2010 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Sarah

    How fun Danica! I ran the rock and Roll Las Vegas Half. It was such a fun run. Tons of people dressed up as Elvis, Cher sang the national anthem, and there was so much course support! At the end you got to take a picture with a showgirl! You should think about doing it sometime, it seems like a race that would be right up your alley :)

    December 6, 2010 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Naomi

    Portland is a great town (the tax-free shopping alone!). My family lives there so I visit all the time. You would love the Portland Marathon!

    December 6, 2010 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Kelly

    I Love Portland and I love you :)

    December 6, 2010 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Sassy Molassy

    Sounds like you had a classicly NW time in Portland! Great breweries to stop and eat/drink at! Glad you had fun in Ptown on civil war weekend. I hate flights like that where your heart is just racing. Yuck.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Glad you had a great time in our beautiful city! If you make it up here again, you should try running in Forest Park – fantastic trails and really a great change from city running.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Astro

    Been years since I ran a 5k. Think I will find a local run one and sign up.

    December 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    now you need to come visit me!!!! :)

    December 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Glad you had fun! you look gorgeous in your pics, by the way!

    December 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    You look like a true winter runner! Love the hat!

    December 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Stuart

    Portland is a very cool town! Love the hat!

    December 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    Still can’t believe you were in portland for the weekend and didn’t email me =(.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply MaknMusic

    U spoke about cold, I ran a Jingle Bell 5K here in Chicago area on Dec 4th and it was 25degrees out and practically a snow blizzard, but it was a BLAST!
    Portland looks like fun but i wanted to comment, in one of your Jingle Bell 5K photos is that actually a PACE sign?? for a 5K?? Oregoners take their 5k’s quite seriously huh??

    December 8, 2010 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Michaela

    I LOVE Portland so much! The people are amazing! The food is amazing! The beer is amazing! The shopping is amazing!

    We went in December 09 for this first time, and I loved it so much that I did the Portland Marathon this year (which I highly recommend, even though it rained for the entire 26.2 miles).

    I can’t wait to go back!

    December 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm
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