In 2010, a Hood To Coast team was started with friends from my church, Destiny Christian Fellowship. We called ourselves Chasing Destiny. Original teammates have gone and been replaced, but we remain like a big family and love coming together every year to tackle the 200 mile relay.
Today, I'd like to introduce you to our fearless leader.
My dad (Gary) has always been a runner. Even in high school, he was setting track records for Centennial. Serving in the US Air Force for 20 years, he cross trained in his free time to stay in top shape for his overseas missions. He visited many countries, including Iraq, Australia, and Korea. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for 3 and 1/2 years and I got to spend the first 18 months of my life there.
He now skillfuly drives massive semi trucks and happily participates in parades.
In 2014, he visited a preschool to tell of his adventures. He's kind of a super hero.
Gary loves running and loves his team. He does a fantastic job rallying us together, from the snowy top of Mt. Hood, to the sandy shores of Seaside.
Here he is, training for Hood To Coast 2018.
Tune in next week to meet more of my wonderful teammates!
We'll see you on the mountain.
Have a good week.
Happy Monday to you!
I've been absent on the blog due to a minor physical trouble, but all is well now!
A small lump had been descovered within my shoulder a few years back and doctors concluded that it was a lipoma. The lump remained small and harmless up until last fall when it grew, quickly becoming physically and visibly noticeable. After multiple visits with different doctors, it was decided to remove the lipoma through a surgical procedure. I was only hospitalized a few hours, but have spent the past couple weeks on bed rest and light duty. The lump had appeared between some crucial muscles and pushed things out of place as it grew, so my healing has been quite tiring.
I've had lots of help and support from my wonderful friends and family, one of which I'd like to focus on today!
Through the whole ordeal, my amazing mother was studying massage therapy at East West College and kept a close eye on my shoulder. This spring, she graduated and passed the state test, officialy becoming an LMT! She has started taking clients in her new, Gresham office!
As unbiased as I can be, because she is my mother and I love her dearly, Julie does a fantastic job. Even before her extensive studies, she's always had a healing touch and been able to identify pain in people's bodies.
If you are in need of relief from pains in your body, or in need of a relaxing massage, I highly recommend seeing Julie at Healing Treasures Massage. Being a member of Gresham's Chamber of Commerce, she is very personable and family oriented. You are sure to feel comfortable during your session.
Be sure to visit her website and book a massage!
Rebekah Nichele Woodford, Photographer