Sunday was the 4th running of RNR Portland! At the beginning of the year I was pumped to train hard and PR this race. My PR is from the 2013 race. The unexpected break in training due to my IT Band did not help! I got in some quality runs and track work outs in the last couple of weeks but I still fell short of a PR by about a minute. That has been my racing life for the 3rd race in a row!!
I didn’t really have a plan or any goals. I was hoping for a sub 2:10. The course has always been hilly. They did change the course this year. Not sure why. There were still hills and a few big ones. I “think” they have had problems with traffic and trains so they wanted it to accommodate everyone.
I did want to negative split it as best as I could. That is always the goal, right?! ;)
The new course, in my opinion, was harder than the last course. I haven’t talked to anyone that raced Sunday who has also done the other course. This course does go through a lot of neighborhoods. The weather was nice and a lot of people were out cheering! That was definitely a highlight.
I don’t really have much to report. My race was good. I ran pretty steadily the entire time. I felt really good and that is what I cared about!! I did have fun!! I never wanted to quit. I kept up the mental toughness. It wasn’t pouring rain! It was a great day!
I was looking at my watch a little at the beginning and middle. I got to mile 10 at 1:37(faster than I thought it would be). I thought I had about 29 minutes to hit the PR. I thought it was definitely do-able. I went for it and I was close: 2:07:30. My PR was 2:06:23. I finished and found Dan waiting for me.
I finished with a 13.36 miles on my Garmin. I usually go over the 13.1 by a little but by a quarter of a mile? The talk over the twitterspere was the course was long! Bam! I would have PR’d! Not every race is perfect or a PR! I will try again in the fall!!
Obviously was not going for a sub 2! Sad I know!!
I am eyeing RNR Vancouver in October! Who wants to join me?