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.
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.
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:
Have you ran a St. Patrick’s Day theme race?