Another really late post. I am usually really good about posting race recaps right away but somehow I slacked with this one. It won’t happen again.
I ran the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon on Saturday, July 11. So that was state #34 for me. You can read about what I did the day before here.
The race began at 7:15am so I was up at 6, got ready, ate, and headed out with Sonya and Kim. The start line was about a mile away from our apartment. On the way there I saw a Residence Inn so I took advantage of it to use a real bathroom. I said goodbye to the girls and went to do my business. I walked to the start line and waited for the runners in the first wave to start. Then about 5 minutes later it was my turn to run. It was so crowded. I am not a fast runner but I still had to weave around a few runners. Plus, it did not help that it was a narrow path.
Honestly, I don’t remember too much about the race except that it was HOT. Plus, I was miserable and couldn’t wait to finish the race. Earlier I told Kim that my goal was to finish under 2:30. I was still at mile 12 when I saw those numbers on my watch. Honestly, I did not care because all I wanted to do was cross the finish line. We ran around a lake that seemed to go on forever. It reminded me of the one in the IMS Des Moines Half Marathon. There was absolutely no shade and I mostly walked (but in Des Moines it wasn’t as hot).
I remember the 2:30 group caught up with me before mile 6 and I decided to run with them. I ran with them for a few minutes but there was a hill and I simply had no energy to keep up with them. I was very impressed with this 10 year girl that was running with her mom. There was also a cop in uniform gear. That shut me up and I did not complain anymore.
At mile 12 there was this group doing yoga.
Overall, I did like the course. There were many wonderful volunteers and thanks to them I had plenty of water to drink and to dump on my head to cool down. The medal is pretty neat too. After the race I told the girls that I did not like it. Obviously I was not in the right state of mind when I made that comment. One cool thing that the race offers is free race photos to the runners. Here is one that I cropped because, well, I do not like the rest of it.
Portland is a fun place to visit so make sure to stay a day or two to enjoy everything it has to offer.
Next race: Chicago Half Marathon, September 27 as part of the CARA Marathon Incentive Program.