On Sunday March 16th I ran in Portland’s Shamrock Run 5K.
This was my first race of 2014 and my first time running in this event. Here are my top 3 for the a Shamrock Run:
1. This race was huge: about 36,000 runners participated across multiple races – 15k, 8k, 5k run and 5k walk as well as a 1k kids race. The 5K race actually had start corrals to space out the runners just like my last Half marathon. I always wondered where Portlanders celebrated St. Patrick’s Day – I think there is only one Irish bar on the whole city! Well I finally figured it out: Portland wear green and go for a run!
2. My time finish time offered lots of room for improvement during the season @ 34:26. I suppose that is a positive swing on saying I ran slowwwwww, but I had fun 🙂 I also had a 2 mile run to the start line once I determined the Street Car was delayed due to the race route. I was running a little late since Lucie, my Greyhound alarm clock, let me sleep in later than usual, so those first 2 miles were at a fairly brisk pace. In total, I clocked in 5.1 miles in 53:10.
3. The weather was perfect for running. Mid 50s and cloudy, with a little rain at the start that cleared up by the end in time for the post race festival with live music, smoked salmon chowder and beer. And so much better than the snowy Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago that Matt ran with friends Mandy and Mike a few years ago:
Questions for you: Did you kick off racing season this past weekend with an Irish themed race? How did you do? When is your next race?