Friday, August 29, 2014

My Sixth Portland to Coast

Last week I was in full preparation mode for my 6th annual trip to Portland to Coast the walking relay of Hood to Coast.  It was a rocky road leading up to the race, but everything turned out great!  I did have one drama queen in my van but that couldn't overshadow the amazing camaraderie of the team. 
I did great this year as far as time and endurance.  The long walks I have been taking all summer with my very fast walking friend have clearly paid off.  In addition to that I walk twice as far to and from work now.  I was very nervous going into this race because I am heavier than I've ever been on the race and I knew carrying the extra weight would make things harder.  It turns out I may have more body fat than before but apparently I was more prepared this year.  I wasn't very sore at all and I walked my two legs and split a third to cover a teammate.  This year I also took measures to prevent the massive blisters I have suffered the past 2 years.  I used Band Aid Blister Band Aids on the inside of both heels and was so thankful for them, I will absolutely do that again next year. 
Now I need to try to get back into the swing of things for Fall.  First, I think I will enjoy my holiday weekend.  My goal is to have fun and not over eat while getting in some walking and site seeing in Portland.  I would love to hit the Portland Farmers Market and get some flowers and veggies and go to Art in the Pearl.  Other than that I am looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend. 

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