Friend and fellow Run Oregon blogger Brian Bernier
Thanksgiving is all about being thankful, and time with those you love. Though I went by myself to the Uberthons Turkeython at Bridgeport Village, I was definitely welcomed by my running family. No less than a dozen people made it a point to say hi and exchange at least a few words. In spite of the chilly temperatures, everyone was smiling and ready to have a great time. It was unfortunate I was there, as I had been on the fence about registering and decided not to due to being unsure about my fitness level at the time. But after a friend was unexpectedly unable to run, I decided the night before I would see about taking her entry and just getting out to have fun. Even as I pulled up almost an hour before the race, there were cones everywhere and prolific volunteers already on the course. Uberthons always does a really good job with course staffing and marking and this race was no exception. It was easy to see that it would wind around the shopping center before making a large loop, mostly on Boones Ferry. Not the most scenic course, but it had the potential to be fast and was definitely unique. Packet pickup was a quick stop inside one of the storefronts and the only left to do was warm up. I wanted this to be a higher mileage day and knew it was going to take a lot longer to get warmed up due to the temperatures, so I started meandering around the mall almost 50 minutes before the race start. I felt energized, and noticed no niggles or tweaks on this particular morning. I put off stripping down to race gear until minutes before the start, preferring to stay warm. I had noticed quite a few fast looking women before the gun went off, but only one speedy male. Knowing this was not a foolproof assessment of the field, I just toed the line hoping to win, but the first goal was just to eke out as much speed as was possible in that moment. After the start, I found myself at the head of the field with a few other men. It quickly settled as another competitor got to the front and three of us made a lead pack. I pushed for the lead a little to test the waters and discovered that the other two were quite serious and settled into a comfortable pace.
We worked together for about the first mile, then they picked up a little as we got onto the road. I tucked in behind them, but they drew away slowly as I concentrated on maintaining my form for that speed and trying to stay relevant. As we headed south on Boones Ferry and climbed the long gradual hill I kept within a few feet of them, after the crest they hit another gear I just didn't have and smoothly pulled away. Instead of giving up as I lost my chance to win, I kept my form and effort level. As usual, I was not wearing a watch, so had no way of knowing what I was running. After 3 more turns and a slight uphill we were back in the mall parking lot, and another 3 turns put us on the block long finishing straight. I had been accelerating, but didn't get into a full on kick. Just opening up my stride for a strong finished and glanced at the clock with a few steps to go to see it ticking along at under 15:30. I was completely floored as I crossed the finish. I had just ran a 27 second best with an official time of 15:33. It was a very cold morning, but the atmosphere, logistics, and timing made this for an amazing race. Even though I had been hoping to continue my win streak, to be soundly defeated and use that gap to pull myself along to new heights is a great experience. It was awesome to see happy, involved volunteers at all the turns and placed regularly on the route along with a incomprehensible number of cones to keep us on course. This is what racing is all about, enjoying all the aspects of the running community, the chance to do our best as well as mingle with friendly people. I am thankful indeed for my running family.
Give the gift of massage this holiday season from Selah Wellness (and get a massage for yourself for half off!)
sWhile getting a massage can feel luxurious, it can also be incredibly therapeutic as well--it can aid a variety of health issues, including physical pain, mental health, and other ailments. And the healthcare industry agrees--many Flex Spending Accounts and Health Spending Accounts can be spent on therapeutic massage (contact your provider for specifics of your plan--often times, you just need the doctor's authorization for your records, or have your doctor submit a letter of medical necessity).
Friend and fellow Clint Hartwig is a Licensed Massage Practitioner. Clint offers sports massage and Swedish massage (his specialties), chair massage, and other services. Back in October, he offered to let me check out his new location Heal Here Now naturopath office in Salmon Creek, and receive a massage. It was perfect timing, since I had just paced the second half of the Portland Marathon, and was more than happy to accept! Clint is really knowledgeable and has a really great calming energy about him. He did a great job easing the aches and pains from the race, and working out the little knots I had. After the massage, Clint offered suggestions on how to maximize the benefits of my results, and to stay loose. I would definitely recommend getting in touch with Clint for a great massage.
Selah Wellness, LLC
11815 NE HWY 99; Suite D
Vancouver, WA 98686
cell (360) 991-8452
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**services are by appointment only**
Chair Massage: Clint brings an ergonomic chair to your location, and provides a massage while the patient is in a seated position, with clothes on. Rate: $1 per minute.
Swedish Massage: Beneficial for a variety of reasons, including stress reduction, pain management, and improved flexibility. Rate: $60 per hour; $85 for 90 minutes; $110 for two hours.
Selah Wellness is currently offering a holiday special for their gift certificates--
buy one as a gift, get one for yourself for half off!
ALSO... Selah is on Perka! Check-in when you come in for a massage and get a virtual punch on your punch card. On your first check-in, you get TWO bonus punches, and after 10 punches you get a free massage. SWEET!
Hi, I'm Marilyn! I run for beer and I love makeup. I was born and raised in the Pacific NW. I'm also a writer for We Heart This and a former writer for Run Oregon.