Race: Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Location: Portland, Oregon
Weather: 55ºF and rainy
Official Time: 2:15:51
Jess and I had such a fun girls weekend leading up to the race. It was refreshing and just what we both needed. As we woke up Sunday morning to head to the race we were both a little blase´ and still very much in our relaxed mode from the weekend. We kind of looked at each other and said "well, let's go run 13 miles now". It was surreal. But as soon as we got there and saw the masses of people gathering, heard the music playing, waited in the obligatory long line for the honey buckets, then found our starting place, the adrenaline was pumping and we were ready!
|Before the race|
|Very early on, chatting away, feeling good|
|Gearing up for the final mile|
|The final push|
As Jess mentioned, we both realized we need to do a lot more strength training in preparation for these big races (and any running really). My mind marvels at the thought of being both fit in endurance and in strength. Fortunately, it wasn't until mile 11 that I started hurting. At that point with only 2 miles to go, I knew I could push through the pain.
As I passed the Mile 12 marker, I grew excited and attempted to pull ahead for the last 1.1 miles. I think I forgot how long a mile is and for some reason the finish line was basically camouflaged so I could not even see what my end point was. I had to pull back a little to keep myself upright but as the cheering got louder and I could finally see the finish line was just ahead, I took a little sprint forward to finish strong.
|We did it!|
Some favorite spectator signs:
"Make 13.1 your bitch"
"You thought this was a good idea 3 months ago"
"You all are Kenyan"
"The beer is at the end" (we saw these guys 3 times so deserved a mention)
"Of course your feet hurt, you're kicking ASSphalt"
I also appreciated the people who were handing out paper cups of PBR around Mile 9