Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System

I’m a Realtor and I love the town I live in, Eugene Oregon.  I would love to show you some of the ways that I have been impressed with this town.  I am exercising in as many ways as I can and sharing what I find.  Here is Day 16!

Today was another day of exercising in Eugene.  I hopped back on my bike and headed down the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System.  Following along the Willamette River, and going right through Alton Baker Park, this path system connects a large portion of Eugene.  It makes it safe to travel around the town without having to share the road with vehicles (occasionally the path system does merge with the roads).  Heading northwest from Alton Baker Park you reach Skinner Butte Park; one of my kid’s favorite parks with a large play structure and water features to play on.  Skinner Butte Park was the first park that we visited when we moved to Eugene in 2016.  We were out for a bike ride on the Riverbank Path and happened upon it.

I love being able to follow the water and see the ducks and geese while I ride.

The path is always populated, but never so much that it feels crowded.  There is a great running and biking community here in Eugene.  You can see it on the trails and how well they are maintained, and you can see it on the buildings as you drive through town.

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For me it helps remind me, and motivate me, to get out and move!

Rain or shine, Eugene is on the run!

Where shall I go next?  What haven’t I tried that I should?

Which down payment strategy is right for you?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders.

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THE DOWNSIDE

The downsides of a small down payment are pretty well known. You’ll have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance for years, and the lower your down payment, the more you’ll pay. You’ll also be offered a lesser loan amount than borrowers who have a 20-percent down payment, which will eliminate some homes from your search.

THE UPSIDE

The national average for home appreciation is about five percent. The appreciation is independent from your home payment, so whether you put down 20 percent or three percent, the increase in equity is the same. If you’re looking at your home as an investment, putting down a smaller amount can lead to a higher return on investment, while also leaving more of your savings free for home repairs, upgrades, or other investment opportunities.

THE HAPPY MEDIUM

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Aerial Silks!!!!

I’m a real estate agent, a mother, a wife, and a woman!  I love to take care of myself as well as all of those around me.  One way I love to take care of myself is by exercising.  I am trying out as many different ways to exercise as  I can find in the Eugene/Springfield Area.  Here is day 12 in my quest to exercise more!

I’ve just got to say that this activity was so much fun!  There were about a dozen of us there and all of the ladies were so supportive of each other.  It was a super fun activity and a very safe atmosphere.  You can find the class inside the Northwest Ninja Park in Springfield Oregon (the Ninja Park could be another possibility for a fun activity).  There are adult classes and children’s classes for both the silks and the Ninja Park.IMG_20180126_193829899

It was my very first class, EVER, and I felt like I was able to do so much.  The first few minutes are stretching and warm up, but then they put you right on the silks.  They teach you a few ways to climb the silks and you do that until it feels like your arms are jello, and then they teach you a few tricks.  At the very end, they demonstrated A DROP, but said it would take too long to get over the fear for any of us to execute that move.  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!  It was definitely scary, but I saw the more experienced members of the class doing scarier things, so I figured I would just give it a try.

Sorry there is so much of my derriere in the video, and I need to smile while concentrating.

A great night in all, and now to take care of some fabric burns!

What else sounds like fun!  I’m up to a challenge.

Pre’s Trail

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I’m a Realtor with RE/MAX Integrity here in the Eugene/Springfield area.  I’m on a mission to exercise through the Eugene area.  I want to try as many things as possible; hikes, walking paths, and exercise locations, etc.  What should I add to my list?  What would you like me to try to let you know how it goes?

Eugene is also known as Track Town USA.  Running is a pretty big deal around here and some of the Olympic trials are held at the track for University of Oregon.  One of the big names in running is Steve Prefontaine.

Steve “Pre” Prefontaine was an Olympic runner that went to the University of Oregon.

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Prefontaine 1969

Pre ran distance running and at one time held seven American records!  Within Alton Baker Park you can find “Pre’s Trail.”  It is

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A close look at Pre’s trail

dedicated to just foot traffic with a wood chip surface opposed to the paved or gravel surfaces throughout the rest of the park.

A great way to get a pretty good idea about Pre’s life, and a little history of Running in Oregon is the 1997 movie entitled “Prefontaine.”

Today I ran Pre’s Trail.  I ran from one side where the trail starts to the I-5; the trail keeps going just a little beyond, but my legs were done and I still had to go back!  As it was, my pedometer says IIMG_20180125_094300302

went 5 miles.  I’m pretty happy with that, we’ll see how I feel tomorrow!

The trail is beautiful, and although it was raining off and on, I mostly stayed dry!  The trail follows the river at parts, then there are ponds that you also come across like the one in this picture.  Another place you can join the trail is at the Alton Baker Dog Park.

That ends Day 11, what kind of exercise would you like to see me do?

 

 

 

Water Aerobics!

I’m a Real Estate Broker here in the Eugene/Springfield area.  I love to exercise, but I also love variety.  When my brokerage challenged us to a “Biggest Loser” contest, I went all in!  I am committed to working out in some form every day, and I’m touring my way through Eugene and the surrounding areas as I go.  Where will I exercise next?  And what will I be doing?

Today is day 10!  I still have a long way to go, but I’ve got a great start.  Water Aerobics is where I was today; at Sheldon Pool (right next to Sheldon High School).  They have several options to choose from, for me, I chose Deep Water Aerobics.  Partly because it fit into my schedule, but mostly because it sounded like an intense workout, but there is something for every fitness level.  The drop-in fee for water aerobics is $4, but the first class is free!

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Most people do not associate water aerobics with intense workout, but you get out of it IMG_20180124_131135603what you put into it.  Just remember that if you hit a body of water fast enough, it is like hitting a cement wall.  If you move your body and put the effort into it, the water creates a great resistance that will give you a full body workout.

 

Being in the deep water, there are two options to help you from having to tread water the whole time, and makes the movements more possible.  You can either wear a belt or ankle floats.  When asking for help from a fellow classmate about what I needed to take

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into the water, she mentioned that the ankle floats were harder, but gave you a great core workout (sign me up!).  I was surprised at how well strapping these babies to my ankles kept me afloat!  The movements took more concentration this way, but I eventually feel I got the hang of them.

The class lasted an hour, and I left feeling like I pushed myself and got a workout.  At the end, the instructor mentioned that she is working on starting an “intense” water aerobic class within the next month or so.  Gearing the new class toward those wishing to put in more effort.  I will definitely be going again!

The pool was filled with wonderful ladies to workout with and Sheldon Pool is a friendly environment!IMG_20180124_131231553

 

*Second visit to Sheldon pool for water aerobics!  It was a fun time, and I really felt like I got a good workout, so I went back.  This time there were 5 of us in the class, so plenty of room in the pool to move and not run into each other.  And that concludes day 17!

Spencer Butte

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I’m a Real Estate Broker here in the Eugene Oregon area.  I love this town and I want a chance to show others why.  With the new year it is always great to start new goals and for me it is to exercise more.  I don’t have just one exercise I like, so I am going to try all that I can in Eugene and the surrounding areas!  This is Day 3!

This is a great hike for all.  It is short enough for the kids to make it up on their own, you can do it in just a short amount of time, and it is right in the middle of Eugene so it is easy to get to.  For me it took just over an hour to make it up and down.

There are two options from the trail head, one that I believe most people take and then another one that has the sign you see to the left!  For those of you that know me,you aren’t too surprised that I chose the trail that claimed to be difficult!  A lot of the trail looks like this:Lots of rocks and lots of steps!IMG_20180117_121905251

I loved IMG_20180117_122808684it, and so did my dog as he turned into a temporary mountain goat.  My kids have done this trail in the past and loved it, at the time they were 6,9,11, and 13.  It’s only 0.7 miles to the top, but it is straight up to the top!

 

 

 

 

 

At the top you get 360° of views of Eugene, every direction goes on for miles!

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IMG_20180117_124951070Today the weather picked up and I had large enough gusts of wind that I decided it was best to sit while taking in the scenery.  Here is some of what I saw!  If I zoom in you can see the Autzen Stadium, home of the ducks!   IMG_20180117_124931022_HDRIMG_20180117_124931022_HDR

 

For variety, and because the start of the trail was closest when it was time to leave, I took the other route down.  This was a much more leisurely pace, there are still a few rock steps near the top, but the trail levels out with the help of switch-backs and being longer than the way I took up.          IMG_20180117_130505628IMG_20180117_130513237

It does not matter which way you go, but get out there.  Get moving.  And enjoy this great town of Eugene Oregon!  And maybe one day I’ll see you on the trail!IMG_20180117_131813345

Arm Day at the Gym!

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I’m a Real Estate Broker here in Eugene Oregon, and I serve the surrounding areas.  I’m exploring different ways to exercise throughout the county, but mostly in town. Here is Day 2!

I have found several options around town that look appealing as exercise options, but I feel they will be more fun if I have more upper body strength, so I decided to hit the gym!  There are three approaches I like to take at the gym, take a class, swim some laps, or most often (and the choice I picked today) the cardio room followed by some weights.

I went 3.15 miles yesterday, so I decided that was a good distance for today as well, but I went much faster.  I hit my distance goal in 34 minutes and 22 seconds.  Not a record, but a good start.  Then off to the weight room and worked my arms.IMG_20180116_192013561

Not a very interesting workout, but I’m staying accountable by letting you know what I did.  And I must say, the gym is a great place with some really amazing people!

 

 

I’m afraid I’m going to be sore tomorrow!

Alton Baker Park

 

 

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I’m a Real Estate Broker here in the Eugene area.  A part of Oregon I truly love and wish to share the beauty of it with others.  I work with some wonderful people at RE/MAXIntegrity here in town and we are doing a “Biggest Loser” challenge!  This is one of my adventures in an attempt to lose the greatest percentage and take home the prize!

Today was Martin Luther King Jr Day, which meant I had all of my kids home from school today.  Exercising with all of them around can sometimes call for some creativity, but I took the easy way out today and took all of them and the dog on a walk at Alton Baker Park.

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One of my favorite things about this park is that the trails follow alongside the Willamette River.  The sounds of the river are enjoyable as we walk, but it also serves as a great distraction for my kids as I push them to walk just a little bit further.  Today we chose to use the walking trails, but there is so much more offered at the park.  Some of these things include a BMX track, a dog park, disc golf, boat launch, art scattered throughout, and performance space; just to name a few.  IMG_20180115_152337633

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One of my favorite art pieces is a one billionth scale model of the Solar System.  I enjoy it because it gives me something to look forward to as I walk, but it could also be used as a great motivator as you push yourself to make it to the next planet!

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IMG_20180115_160149783Has anyone actually found all of the planets in one trip?  The sun is near the main parking area; Mercury is also within the parking area, I think the furthest I have paid attention to them is to Earth.  I think a bike ride would be a great way to find all of them.

 

 

On the outset we decided we would walk for 30 minutes and then turn around and walk back seeing the same stretch of the park from both directions.  For us it was a total of 3.15 miles, which for me is 6812 steps.  Not a bad start as I begin this exercise adventure through Lane County!

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