On Sunday I ran the Rock-N-Roll Portland Half Marathon!
The weather on race day was perfect: dry, cool and cloudy. The course was a nice change of pace as quite a bit of it took place on the East side, an area I haven’t done much running, but there were hills (yuck). Overall the race was extremely well organized with amazing volunteers and the fans that came out to cheer on the runners were incredible. My months of training paid off and I finished VERY close to my goal time and have been recovering well (I’m not too sore). I’m already looking forward to signing up for my next Half! Here’s my top 3 from race day:
1. I’m happy I finished my second Half Marathon! I can mark this 2013 goal off my list… My time was 2 hours and 36 minutes. I had hoped to finish in 2 hours and 30 minutes, but those hills really slowed me down (after a few, I was walking up all the hills!) and considering I hadn’t done much hill training during my long training runs, I feel like I did OK. Lesson learned: Include more hill runs into my next round of training.
2. I felt great for most of the race. Here I am at the start line, nervous, but excited to run:
At mile 4, I felt awesome! My play list was rocking and my pace was a little faster then usual, despite my efforts to go slow:
At mile 8 over on the East side, I still felt good:
Around mile 10, things started to go south…. the gels I had taken (without any issues during training) were upsetting my stomach, and after stopping at every aid station for water/Gatorade, my stomach was too full of liquid and I could feel it sloshing around. As I passed the mile marker for 11, I had to stop and walk because I was worried about tossing my cookies – urgh. I walked for a while and still felt pretty gross, but everyone around me was so excited to be so close to the finish it seemed to help give me a second wind. After crossing the Steel Bridge, I was in the home stretch and managed a slow jog to the finish line. Lesson learned: If it’s not 90 degrees out, I probably don’t need to stop for water at every aid station! Especially if I didn’t need to stop that often for water during my training runs.
3. Thank you to Matt for all his support – before, during, and after the race. All the photos from race day were courtesy of Matt as he ran around the city trying to find me along the route. He also dug out the t-shirt he designed and wore to my fist Half in Chicago:
Now I am hooked! I’ve been “shopping” for my next Half Marathon – here are the ones making the final cut:
- Lacamas Lake Half Marathon in Camas, Washington on 7/28
- Eugene Women’s Half Marathon in Eugene, Oregon on 8/25
- Discovery Train Half Marathon in Long Beach, Washington on 9/14
- Columbia River Gorge Half Marathon in Hood River, Oregon on 10/27
I don’t think I can do all 4, but maybe I can do 2 of them – one in summer and one in the fall. We’ll see…. But before I run my next Half, I’ll be mixing things up with my fitness routine as I have signed up for an Outdoor Boot Camp in June. I didn’t too much, if any strength training over the past few months, so I’m hoping by adding this into the mix, it might help me finish stronger at my next race. More info to come on my Boot Camp experience.
To all the runners out there: How long should I wait until I run my next Half?