Saturday morning my husband and I set off toward's Portland. Our first stop, The Oregon Convention Center in Portland to pick up our Shamrock 15k bibs and shirts. We enjoyed the sports expo in the Oregon Ballroom. We left early enough to take our time and then stop for a late lunch before we ran at 4:00.
Off we headed for the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha to meet up with Tonya, Teresa and Brian for our Luckython 5k. It was very cold, windy and wet. We got checked in and then waited in the car for our friends. Soon our friends came and we found a warm dry place to wait inside and got a few photos before our step out into the cold.
|Jerry at the finish|
|Tonya at the finish!|
By the way, Tonya also PRed by 32 sec. coming in 2nd for her age group. Jerry PRed and came in 2nd for his age group. Brian completed his very first 5k for his son Lincoln! I say...what a great day!
|Teresa, Tonya, Me, Jerry and Brian|
|waiting to start|
|taking off with the river of green|
The first couple miles were fairly flat warm up miles. I had a side ache (very weird for me) but knew a side ache wasn't bad to run though. It isn't fun, but I just tried to pretend it wasn't there, win it with mental power is what I say! My warm up miles were pretty fast but I was feeling ok. It was a constant struggle with the green river of people. We went out a street and did a turn-a-round. I tried to stay on the inside in hopes of seeing someone I knew. Never did, but I did manage to run into a orange post while going around someone. I was fine, but it sure scared the lady behind me.
As I ran these first two-to-three miles I saw a man fully dressed in a green suite on a unicycle. A muscular man fully painted dark green that appeared to be the Incredible Hulk. A grown Man in a tutu and lots of fun costumes.
On the turn-a-round I saw a man with the American Flag. I wondered if he was running for the Army, Air Force or for our country. As we started up our first hill climb I caught up to this man. There were two men in blue shirts, one with the flag, but both together. I cut through the crowd and realized they were running for our countries fallen hero's. I ran up to both and thanked them. I felt honored to run with these men. Then I passed them!
We ran on up hills, down hills, but gained lots of elevation. I was very thankful for the hills I have trained on over the last year. My side ache was gone and I finally was feeling warmed up. We were coming to a very sharp corner and I could see a green river of people running up a very steep hill through the trees on the other side. As I turned this corner I looked up at a sign with an arrow to OHSU/Doernbecher's Children's Hospital. I was overwhelmed with emotion. All I could think about was my buddy Lincoln and his Mother Jenny who has inspired me over this last year. I started up that very steep hill and prayed for this family. I was amazed at the ease of this hill, kind of strange. We flattened out again and then went up another hill. This happened several times over about four miles. Around mile six we hit the peak of the hill. I was feeling good now!
When I started this 15k I didn't know what to set as a "goal." It's a hill run, and I've never ran a 15k before. I do train on hills in Dallas, so I came to the conclusion that I might be able to pull off a 9:00 pace. My first two miles were in the high 8:40's. As we went up the hills I slowed down into the 9:00's. As I hit the peak of the hill, my overall pace was about 9:14. Humm, I thought, I can do this, it's all downhill or flat now. I will not kill myself to run super fast downhill. It's not worth the injury risk, but I will run faster!
A runner's high kicked in and I ran two miles at almost exactly 8:00 mile pace. The last 1.3 miles were ran at about a 7:32 pace (that's my 5k pace...wow!)...now that's how we run negative splits!!!! I was passing major people the last two miles. This is how I have always wanted to run, but never can seem to get it right. I have recently changed a few things in my training and I am seeing positive results.
|Me at the finish passing boys!!!|
Jerry and I walked around for a little bit then got our free chowder. It was so warm and good. I wanted more! I saw another running friend, Jerrilynn who came in with almost the exact time as me. Whoohoo!
|I just ran a 15k and I want food!|
I finished the 15k at 1:22:03. That's a 8:49 pace. As you can see, I kicked that goal of 9:00 in the butt!!!! My awesome husband ran the 15k in 1:13:13 and that is amazing!