Portland marked the end of the first leg of our van trip. I was really excited about visiting because I had heard that Portland had great running. After some van trouble (the heat was broken) we decided to rent an Airbnb for most of our stay in Portland to have a little break from the van, do some laundry and have somewhere to leave Lucy so we could explore.
The first night in Portland, we met up with Brett and Jordan who run Territory Run Co/Runners of the Wild and found out all out where to run over pizza.
The next day we headed out for our first run. We parked at Lower Macleay Park and run up the wildwood trail to Pittock Mansion and an overview of Portland. It turned out that the 8km run had 1,000 of climbing but it was worth it for the views. The run through the forest was also beautiful – it’s SO green!
Later in the day, we drove up Skyline Blvd and saw the upper part of wildwood trail. Wildwood trail is 30 miles (50km) long and it’s in a forest (Forest Park) inside the city, it’s basically a trail runners dream.
The rest of the day was spent settling into our Airbnb and checking out New Seasons Market (if you like Whole Foods definitely don’t miss New Seasons if you’re ever in Portland).
For run day 2, I decided to run down to the waterfront and across some of the bridges are everywhere in Portland. The run to the waterfront wasn’t very nice but once I found it, there’s a nice short trail along the waterfront. Portland has great signage so it’s easy to not get lost thankfully!
We met up with Julia and Tim from BibRave in downtown Portland that night and heard all about life in Portland and their suggestions about what to see and where to run. It was great to meet so many internet friends in real life during this stop!
Our Airbnb was in the northeast part of Portland and there were a few shopping streets around. I knew by the third day that we weren’t going to have time to explore them all so Callum and I decided to run a loop that went through each one. After the run, we went to Salt and Straw (we were told it was a must do) and ate ice cream even though it was freezing outside. It was really delicious! I had cocoa peppermint and Callum had gingerbread cookie dough, worth getting really cold eating ice cream in December for!
We’ve had a lot of trouble with long runs recently so we decided that we would do our long run in Forest Park before we left Portland on Friday. We retraced our route from our first run to Pittock Mansion and then just stayed on the trail. It turns out that this is the wrong direction to have gone and at 12ish km we had reached the very beginning of the trail and climbed about 2500 ft. We turned around and ran part of the trail the other direction which had a lot less climbing and went on a lot farther than we needed it to. After that long muddy run, we headed to the gym to shower and then left Portland for the coast.