We are three days into the month of March, and I’m already closing the contest for “Run of the Month”. The competition was fierce and the two contenders, March 1st Run and March 2nd Run, equally deserve the title. I’m happy to call it a tie, friends.
Isaac, incidentally the winner of the “Husband of the Month” award, and I spent a long weekend visiting friends in Seattle and Portland. We both really enjoy exploring new places on foot, so we planned on running each day of our trip. Side note, I am so thankful to have a husband I can run with! Anyways, at the recommendation of friends, we ran the Hawthorne Bridge Steel Bridge Loop on Saturday and Tryon Creek State Park on Sunday. Forest Park also came highly recommended, but we couldn’t fit it in on this trip – add that to the long list of reasons (food, friends, trees, trees, trees) for a return trip.
Winner 1: Hawthorne Bridge Steel Bridge Loop
Saturday morning, we rand the Hawthorne Bridge Steel Bridge Loop. The bridge to bridge loop is approximately 2.5 miles, so we added some distance on the front and back ends. This route is great because it allows you to experience so many perspectives of the city. You get the “downtown” feel while on the west side of the Willamette River, but also get to appreciate the city from a distance while you cross the bridges and run along the east bank.
Plus, running over bridges is just straight cool, guys. I felt like Rocky… I would bet money he ran across bridges and not just up stairs.
Saturday was cold with some light rain. After running in Seattle on Friday without a headband, I learned my lesson – my ears ached the entire time. So, I was prepared (and very comfortable) on Saturday.
After our run, we enjoyed a little “his & hers” at Coava Coffee Roasters (winner of the “Coffee of the Month” award).
Winner 2: Tryon Creek State Park
Sunday morning was cold and rainy. Cold like the 30’s. Rainy like pouring. It really wasn’t that bad once we started running. Since we were staying in Lake Oswego, Tryon Creek State Park was the perfect choice. The park is gorgeous, accessible, safe, beyond green and very muddy. We entered from Boca Ratan and spent about an hour exploring the trails in the rain. It was the highlight of the weekend for me.
We ended up totally wet and very muddy. Honestly, I feel right at home and totally alive when covered in mud and rain. After rinsing our feet and dusting off the best we could, we grabbed breakfast at Babica Hen Cafe. Delicious. I got the Hen House breakfast with 2 poached eggs, wheat toast, a side salad and maple sausage. Suuuuuuh good.