This was my very first time running a Shamrock Run Portland race. It was a bit tougher getting up since we lost an hour due to Daylight Savings on Sunday. I chose the half marathon to run because last year I ran the NYC Half which was around the same time and I was looking for a half marathon to sign up for in March when I was planning the year. But it’s nice that they offer many other distance options: 5k, 8k, and 15k. The half marathon was scheduled to start at 8 am.
I woke up around 5:30 am and had some toast and a chia squeeze. We left the house around 7 am and got downtown around 7:30ish. There was some traffic but we found parking fairly quickly. Before I left the car, I took my BeetBoost. I’m thinking this stuff really works. It was lightly raining and according to my Garmin data was 43 F, feels like 37 F. I just had enough time to go to the porta potty before the race started. Below is a pic at the start:
Here are pics I managed during the race:
The race started on time. This pic was taken at 8:02 pm and you can see the Portland Oregon sign on the left.
Team RWB was there.
It was nice that there were bands along the course.
Love it when people give high five’s!
Reaching SW Broadway street was when the uphill battle began. Miles 6-10 were basically an upward climb. Check out the elevation chart:
Passed by Portland State University.
Ran by Duniway Park and Terwilliger Park.
So happy to go downhill after that tough climb.I can’t believe a few of us were actually stopped on SW Barbur Blvd to let a car on SW Hamilton St. cross. This was the first time I’ve been stopped in a race. A little disappointing since I lost some time.
But seeing mile 12 was nice, the end was near!
The finish line after finishing, looking back.
This was a great race despite the rain and the uphill climb, oh my! I felt pretty good throughout the race, but those hills were killer. I still managed to PR, yay!! So happy! 🙂
After the race I had chocolate milk and some chowder. There were many booths but it was still raining. I was cold and my husband and kiddos were in the car. So I didn’t stay long.
It was really muddy too.All I wanted was a hot shower. I was shivering by the time I got to the car. I got my hubby to take my pic before we left.
Here’s a pic of the medal which is also a bottle opener. Half marathon finishers also got a nice towel at the finish. My results:
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19 thoughts on “2016 Shamrock Run Portland Half Marathon Race Recap”
Wow, great work–that elevation is insane!
Thanks! It was a tough one!
Great run!! You did amazing with those hills and the rain! Congrats on the PR!!
Thanks Sharon! I just kept pushing myself on the climb. When I was going downhill, one guy said thanks to me for helping push him on the hills. I was surprised. 🙂
Great job on the race! A rainy half is no fun. I can’t believe you were stopped either, to let a car through? WTH! Your pictures are amazing.
Thanks Wendy!! The rain wasn’t too bad until afterwards when I got cold. Yeah, I was surprised I got stopped. Oh wells!
Wow, a PR in the pouring rain – AWESOME! I love the picture of you where you can actually see the downpour. Can’t say I’ve ever raced in the rain before. I’m too spoiled living in CA.
Thanks Elaine! Thankfully it wasn’t pouring the whole time! Gotta love free pics that are good! 🙂
Oh my gosh! You did great in that rain. I’ve never had to stop for a car in a race, but I wondered about it in my last race when we sort of had people stuck in their neighborhoods.
Thanks so much! We shouldn’t have to stop for cars in races usually. It was disappointing.
Awesome job lady on your race and a PR to boot!!! Even the rain couldn’t drown out that smile!!! Congratulation!!
Thanks so much Tricia! 🙂
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Wow! Congrats on an awesome new PR on a tough course and in the rain. I bet that towel came in handy at the finish.
Thanks Debra! It sure did! That towel was the only thing I had at the end to keep me somewhat warm. I didn’t see any of those race blankets that they usually give out.
Oh my word on Miles 6-10, must have been so nice to finally go downhill. The finish line photos of you were great! Kudos on a new PR in the rain.
It was sooo nice to finally go downhill! Thanks Jennifer!!