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Shamrock PDX 2014

18 Mar

Sunday was my 6th running of the Portland Shamrock 15K. For the majority of the years it has been crappy weather. This year it was supposed to be nice. The temperature was not bad. It sprinkled a couple of times. No biggie!

Goals: No real goals. I did not think I could PR. I just have not done enough hills and hill repeats like I have in the past. I wanted to beat my time from Hot Chocolate 2 weeks ago. 2 reasons: 1- I was “sick” under the weather…whatever you want to call it. 2-I beat my time last year by 20 seconds. I really thought I had it in the bag. I felt really good overall.

I also worked with Zoe at the Nuun booth all day Friday and Saturday. Dan gave me a foot rub both nights so I think that compensated for any soreness that would have made or broke my race! 🙂

We were running a contest: asking people why they ran? Here was my response:

Day 2: Holly came by to say hi!

2nd piece of business: Big Sur is T minus 6 weeks away and if I want to do even relatively good I am going to have to start to up my long runs to more than 12 miles. The Shamrock start line is almost 2 miles from our apartment so we were going to run there and back to add in mileage. (Dan was not exactly excited for that–but he did it) 🙂

THE BEFORE: Miles 0-1.86: Average: 11:43 The pace was going to very slow. Dan said we should Jog or “Yog”? I thought he made it up. I should have know it was a movie quote!!

THE RACE: Shamrock 15K: Garmin clocked: (9.43 miles) Average: 9:52


It was actually nice having done the warm up. I got into a comfortable hard pace right away. The first 2 miles were probably too fast but we go over train tracks at around mile 2 and a train was blowing his horn so I picked up. I never saw the train. Not sure where it was or where it was going but I was happy that I did not get stuck behind it!!

It is flat until about mile 2.5 where there is an aid station. Just in time for the hurt to begin! UP Broadway. Steady incline with a few steep pitches. Mile 4 we hit another aid station and begin our 2 mile climb up Terwilliger. I still felt good. I think I was just a little slower then last year. My times (in training) up Terwilliger were not awesome. I think I only did one session of hill repeats. (which I usually do them once a week for the first 10 weeks of the year. Leading up to the race) I just kept moving along.

I was happy to get to the top of Terwilliger (mile 6). I always am. Everyone always is!! 3rd aid station. The bag pipers piping. I was not sure how I had done compared to last year. I think I was still a minute behind.

Now the cruise down. I just let go BUT I did not want it as bad as I did last year. I was really gunning for the PR and this year I wanted to do well but maybe because I had not put the pressure on myself to PR…so I did not happen. I did not look at my watch the last couple of miles. I did not really want to know.

I was pleasantly surprised that I was only over my PR by about 2 minutes. It was also faster than Hot Chocolate and that is all that mattered! I had a great and fun race.

I love this race. I don’t know why. Maybe because it is local or because I have done it for so many years. It is certainly not for the weather or the shitshow of people that come out to run it. But better believe the 3rd Sunday of every March I will be running the 15K with all the other crazies in P-Town!

I FINALLY got of out of this mess of green:
and found Dan.

It had started to rain and of course we were running right into the wind. It was freezing.

THE AFTER-MATH: Miles: 11.29-14.54 Average: 10:42 We were a little faster than a “yog.” I dropped him at home and picked up the pace a bit. I felt really good especially when I turned around and the wind was on my back! Booyah!


I met up with some old friends: Holly and Lauren and a new friend: Adrienne for brunch.

I was starving. I bet you could not tell!!

Happy Day After St. Patrick’s Day Friends!! Did you do anything fun?