Happy St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

It happened again!! A PR!! It was only a 20 second PR but untheless…a PR!

This is going to be short and sweet. I fell and bruised my knee last night. It hurt. I did not think it was going to affect me today but I was not sure. The whole I have been sick for the first part of the week weighed on my brain. The weather was actually favorable. The sun did make an appearance. It was dry and cold though!

First off the entire Portland Shamrock Race is a shitshow. There is 30,000 people plus all their spectators there. This year the races were pretty spread out. I thought that would make a difference but apparently it did not. There are no corrals. People just seed themselves. They have “small” signs of 5-6min pace, 7-8min pace, and so on…the problem is the signs are four feet apart! Everyone is just clustered together like a cattle call. You would think after 35 years of this race’s existence they could get it together!

Rode down to the waterfront got there just in time to take off my bike clothes. Put my visor and shamrock headband on. Off to the start line I went.

I think it took about 10 minutes to get through the start line. It was funny because in years past I think I was further back. I feel like it was pretty quick this year. I started off not too fast. Got into a groove pretty early. Felt pretty good. When we hit Broadway (the start of the 4 mile uphill) I was feeling good but just did not have the snap that I did at Hot Chocolate.

Lets real quick recap the elevation at Hot Chocolate:

This one has lots of ups and downs! You have time to be out of breath and then time to recover…repeat…repeat. When I was done I thought this was definitely harder than Shamrock but after thinking about it the last 2 weeks I thought maybe it was not?! They are just different.

Here is Shamrock:

This is flat for about 2 miles. Uphill for 4 miles. Downhill to flat the last 3 miles. Just different!

Anywho. Got up Terwilliger. Still feeling pretty good. Mile 6 hit and I was almost 3 minutes behind where I was at Hot Chocolate. I did not think I could make that up but it was downhill so we will see. Mile 7 was the last time I looked at my watch. I did not want to know how close or how far away I was. I was running hard and there was no way I was going to be able to pick it up. I was happy to see the mile 9 marker because my watch never beeped. I was close and dying to look at my watch. I could see the finish line. What?! 1:30:26!!
The medal is cute. A bottle opener as usual. It is really long too.

Yes! Another PR!! Next up RNR San Fran 1/2 marathon!!

How did you do at Shamrock today? or your race?

13 Responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”

  1. Laura March 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM #

    I actually thought Hot Chocolate was easier. At least I felt much better.

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats March 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM #

      Rolling hills are defintely better than the long up and the long down!!
      So what I am thinking is doing Hot Chocolate again and bagging Shamrock in 2014?! You in?!

  2. discorunner March 18, 2013 at 8:35 AM #

    Nice work! Awesome way to celebrate St. Patty’s day!

  3. Eva March 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM #

    yay PR!

    When is SF?

  4. Kara March 18, 2013 at 7:16 PM #

    Woohoo! Way to go, that’s awesome about the PR!! I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 🙂

  5. Mrs. JLB March 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM #

    Congrats on another awesome PR!!! You rock 🙂

  6. Mrs. JLB March 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM #

    And feel better soon!!! xoxo.

  7. Ja @Athlete Within Ja March 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

    These posts about St. Pats race is making me jealous! I would definitely sign up next year!!! 🙂
    Awesome job on the new PR! 🙂 COngratulations!

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