The final two days of #totallytrials16 were absolutely wild, in the best way possible; I fell behind on my reporting duties, in case you hadn't noticed. Instead of trying to recap both days, I'm just going to stick with the most important day (my birthday, obviously) and the amazing finale of this experience.
To begin, I tagged along with several new friends on a journey to the top of Spencer's Butte, along the Ridgeline Trail; some of them planned to get in 16 miles, but Ali and I decided that 10-12 sounded much more manageable for us.
While it was certainly a challenging adventure, and my legs are still expressing their negative feelings about this, the view was all I could have hoped for and spending time with this group was a fantastic way to start my birthday.
Ali and I put in 12 miles, covered over 2,500 feet of elevation, and then met back up with Marilyn and Paulette for a delightful brunch at Morning Glory Cafe (highly recommend!); I'm already missing my leisurely post-run brunches with these ladies.
Afterward, it was time to brush the dirt off, get a little rest and prepare for THE BIG EVENT! Okay, well, there would be a much bigger event to come but my homies are THE BEST and they created this unbelievable concoction for my birthday; the kindest gesture.
To cap off the Trials and celebrate the accomplishments of so many athletes, Oiselle planned a party on Saturday evening and we were super excited to find out what they had in store for us; they'd been keeping a tight lid on the details all week.
But first, more food! Kaleigh did some thoughtful research and came up with the Oregon Electric Station; the service was excellent and the food was delicious. There was wine, too, of course.
The best thing about the dinner, for me, was the company; these women are all so fierce, each in their own way, and I have so much admiration and respect for them. I am honored to have been able to share my week with so many supportive, compassionate, intelligent teammates; we are a FORCE!
We wanted to make sure we were "fashionably" late, since we were early for all of the other events during the week; we made it to the Tracktown Throwdown in time to hug friends, take pictures and grab some drinks before the fun really got started.
The folks at Oiselle HQ, aka The Nest, provided us with entertainment via a talent show; we enjoyed performances by Jill Catherine (a speaker and cultural dancer - amazing!), pro athletes Jess Barnard and Lauren Fleshman, and professional recording artist Pink Feathers (aka runner Liz Anjos!).
After cheering on some talented ladies, we enjoyed an empowering runway fashion show full of fierce styles modeled by, of course, Oiselle athletes; here's a little peek:
Considering I had to be up at 3:45am to leave for the airport, I probably partied a little later than I should have; nevertheless, I wouldn't have wanted to miss being able to spend a little extra time with this group and it was such a fun day!
Tomorrow, I'll be sharing some reflections on my experience with this supportive community and in the presence of such dedicated athletes. Thanks to all of you who made this week unforgettable!