The photos and video sum up our Portland Color Run experience – although my co-worker Susan dubbed it the Color Stroll since most of the 15,000 participants leisurely walked the 3.1-mile course at Portland International Raceway. It was an excellent way to start a Saturday, especially jogging in a pack of friends who capped the event with a fabulous, calorie-packed brunch at Besaw’s.
Earlier this month, I checked off a biggie on my bucket list: Attending an Olympics. Beyond that, I logged my first-ever trip to London, and basically had the experience of a lifetime. While I worked approximately 12-hour days for 10 days straight, I wouldn’t trade any of my time there for the world. My London home base was the Flemings Mayfair, a lovely boutique hotel nestled a few short blocks from the Buckingham Palace. My main workplace: the BMA House, […]
Last week, Jeff and I got a taste of the impending London Olympics. On June 21, Nike – for the first time ever – hosted an official U.S. Olympic Trials event on campus. The event: hammer throw, which surprisingly doesn’t involve real hammers but heavy balls on wires. Thousands of people turned out to watch, and Nike employees drifted from their offices to grab some lunch and watch the best hammer throwers in the country duke it out for a […]
We did it! My sister Shelly and I tackled The Qualifier Half Marathon together, in Mid-Michigan’s scorching 90-degree weather, no less. Of course, we did some walking, but ended up sticking together the whole time and notching a respectable 2:33:12. While the race was the main reason Jeff and I flew home to Michigan for the long weekend, we had plenty of other activities to keep us busy. And plenty of time to realize a few things… Shelly is a […]
Last. Saturday. was. amazing. A highlight of our time in Portland. To begin from the beginning, Jeff’s long-time buddy Joey was in town to open a Boot Barn in Troutdale (he’s in sales for Wolverine shoes). Last minute, Jeff, Joey, Lindsay, Daniel and I signed up as a team of five for Cartathlon II, a four-hour, city-wide scavenger hunt anchored by food cart challenges. Up for grabs: a year’s worth of free food cart food, free Keen shoes and other […]
It’s a sleepy Sunday evening, the end of a semi-cloudy, 46-degree day. Supposedly, it’s the worst day of the year, weather-wise, so in true Portland style there’s a bike race to celebrate it. It’s one of those races friendly to amateur cyclists like us – a race with rest stops with donuts, chai tea and beer – so we thought we’d give it a go. Lindsay and Daniel joined us in the 16-mile jaunt around the city. (We opted for […]
Last weekend had four big events: First, the Tigers are in the ALCS. Boy, that’s as stressful as it is exciting. Thank heavens they won tonight to make the series 1-2. Second: It was Portland Fashion Week. How does one of the worst-dressed cities in America pull off a fashion show? Quite well, especially for being a fledgling fashion week host city. Its setting is awesome: a shipyard warehouse on the industrial Swan Island (technically a peninsula), surrounded by cranes and […]