To give the legs a good tune up before Boston, Weez and I ran Portland’s Shamrock Run 15k last weekend (March 16, 2014) and LOVED IT.
We decided to run to the start from Hillsboro (we like to do that kinda thing). The first 8 miles were lovely, seeing as it was 4 o’clock in the morning. 9-10 were sketchy because the sidewalk disappeared and the road was curvy. We had reflective gear and very bright headlamps, but still. I don’t recommend this route in the future.
12.1 miles in 1:50 (9:15ish pace).
We made it to the start with plenty of time to stretch and drop off our gear.
Then we hopped in line with all 11,000 other runners doing the 15k! The start was PACKED (which I kind of love), filled with excited/nervous energy, as people chatted about the hilly course ahead.
The hills in Portland are no joke, man! Miles 1-3 were past Portland State and Oregon Health and Science Universities. The streets were filled with spectators and I loved seeing a new part of the city.
Mile 1: 7:03
Mile 2: 7:07
Mile 3: 7:14
Then miles 3-6 happened.
Miles 3-6 were upupUP. Steep climbs through gorgeous Marquam Nature Park. Huge sky-high trees, lush green undergrowth, light rain. The miles hurt, but everything else was heavenly.
Mile 4: 7:55
Mile 5: 7:56
Mile 6: 7:57
At this point, I had run 18 miles for the day… 3.5 more to go!
The best part of course happened as soon as we crested the last hill. I’m a downhill racer, so despite the 18 miles on my legs, I tried to dig deep and embrace the pain cave.
Mile 7: 6:44
Mile 8: 6:48
Mile 9: 6:40
The sprint down Naito Parkway was so cool. Spectators and runners thickly lining the barricades. Made me feel like I was running down Boylston again.
I crossed that finish line with the biggest smile on my face. Feeling fit, strong, hungry for Boston.
15K= 1:07 (7:15 pace)
19/799 AG, 456/8822 overall
I turned around and Weez came in just a couple mins behind me.
Happy to have accomplished 12.1 (pre race) + 9.3 (15K) = 21.4 miles total
Afterwards, we stuck around to enjoy St. Paddy’s live music with our free pint of beer and chowder. Then we moseyed our way to the MAX station and took the train home to Hillsboro. We forgot, of course, that we had to run the 2 miles from the station back to our apartment. Ouch. Those took a while, haha.
It’s safe to say we love the running scene in Portland and can’t wait to find another race!
Who else participated in a St. Patrick’s Day race??