The course was lovely. It had just a gentle climb in the early miles but otherwise downhill/flat (with one major exception, described below). It was the most beautiful day ever with blue sky, sun shining, flowers everywhere, birds chirping. We ran over two beautiful bridges with great views of the river and the city. There was a boring industrial section but it only lasted a couple of miles. The race started at 7:00 (Ouch) so it was nice and cool the whole time we ran. It's about 70 out right now but it probably didn't hit 50 during the race.
I started off strong and easy and enjoyed the scenery. We started the climb after a couple of miles but it was not that bad at all and was over quickly. Then we ran down a gentle grade for a couple of miles through downtown and then it flattens out in Northwest. I was feeling strong still, but didn't feel like I could pick it up. Our splits were ranging quite a bit but we were averaging 8:00.
As the miles ticked by I stayed mentally strong but my legs and everything started to get tired. So the latter part of my strategy didn't really work out... the whole "picking up the pace" thing. It wasn't horrible pain or anything, but I just couldn't run any faster. Finally we did the last turnaround at mile 12 or so and I was able to speed up a little.
Unfortunately, we had to climb about a quarter mile up a steep pitch to cross the Steel Bridge at the very end of the race. I gave it all I had but that hill sucked my energy and slowed me way down by the top. I tried sprinting to the end but there was just like .1 mile left so there was no time. That last bridge crossing definitely cost me some time because I usually am a strong finisher. That's what I'm telling myself anyway! I saw Sarah, Amy, and Emily right before the finish and then I saw Deana and Dana as I crossed the finish line in 1:45:12.
I was so excited to see Deana and find out about the 5k! She had a blast and ran very strong. Her finish time was an incredible 27:29!! I'm so proud of her. Emily did awesome too and just missed placing in her AG. We finally strolled across the river back to our house for a quick shower then headed to brunch. Alisa and Amy and their husbands, Emily, Sarah, and Julianne all met us at Mother's for a super delicious brunch and cocktails. We had a blast! Then, Emily and Zach and I strolled down along the waterfront and through a street fair. Portland is freaking out with this great weather and everyone's just got sunshine coming out their asses, it's awesome. I'm completely zapped now but it's been an amazing and wonderful day. Missing the PR is not even close to ruining this day for me. Life is good.
Here are some nice little lists for your enjoyment:
Things that sucked:
- No PR.
- Getting up early and being so tired.
- That bastard sonofabitch Steel Bridge crossing in the final half mile of the race.
- Couple of blisters.
- Sharks lost last night (I'm superstitious about that, even though I try not to be).
Thinks I am happy about:
- Gorgeous spring day with friends.
- I didn't blow the race by starting off too fast.
- I didn't give up at any point, and I didn't walk at all. Good mental strength in rough parts.
- I didn't have any side cramps or tummy troubles.
- I took two Gu's while running without choking.
- I made a point to enjoy the scenery and Zach's company.
- Running my 3rd fastest of 10 half marathons (range: 1:43:40-1:54).
- Getting a second chance in Eugene in 4 weeks.
- Sharks are the best team in the NHL heading into the playoffs. :)
My splits are all over the place but I think the mile markers were off a bit. Zach kept his Garmin on autolap and they look a lot smoother.
mile 1 8:09
mile 2 7:19 (short?)
mile 3 8:10
mile 4 8:32 (hill)
mile 5 8:04
mile 6 7:49
mile 7 7:42
mile 8 8:13
mile 9 7:36
mile 10 8:13
mile 11 8:08
mile 12 8:05
mile 13.1 9:04 (8:12 pace) (bridge)
Official time: 1:45:12 (8:01 average pace)
17/255 AG (25-29)
Thanks for reading! Congratulations to everyone who ran today here in Portland and all over the country. I'm looking forward to reading race reports! Thank You to Zach for running with me and helping me run strong. :)
Fuel for the two of us:
good luck flowers from Mom:
Soooooo early! (6:10 ish)
Temporary Tattoo from OMSI. It made me feel tough, yet was also educational:
Waiting inside Oregon Convention Center before start:
Alisa's hubby snapped this great picture at the start:
He also took this one on Broadway around mile 6:
After the race: Deana finishes 5k!!