Race Recap: 2014 Shamrock Run

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.
Running to Portland
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Shamrock Run 3
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.
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I crossed that finish line with the biggest smile on my face. Feeling fit, strong, hungry for Boston.

Official Results
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.
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Shamrock Run 5
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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??

Head first into the birthday cake

Update on Junior: She’s alive and kickin’! 2 days after Breakin’ Down, we drove back to Washington to pick her up. Turns out, a tow back to civilization and an oil pan replacement aren’t cheap. But anyways, she’s back in our arms garage and we can laugh about it.

Last weekend was chalked full of good stuff, but the best part was my Nephew’s 3rd birthday! This little (giant) love of mine, made me an Auntie 3 whole years ago and I have no idea where the time has gone.


My sister and BIL hosted a birthday party for James at this adorable indoor padded playground. The kiddos had a blast while the adults got to mingle, and I loved capturing the moments.
James’ best bud…
Uncle Weez!
Me, Sherrie (Grandma I.), and Liv (my sis)…

My baby niece….
My heart cannot even handle you, Joan Elise.


Weez, Cabo, and I are sooo loving living only 2.5hrs away from these guys :)
Because I love catching moments like these…
Head first into the birthday cake. Way to go, big guy.

James’ Aunt Nani didn’t want him to be the only one with frosting all over his face, so I got in on the fun.

At 3 years young, this kiddo has become a Semiprofessional Paleontologist, an Expert of What Foxes’ Say, the Snuggliest of Morningtime buddies, the Biggest Cabo Fan in the World. I love how he chases after her and giggles, and how she can trot after him for hours on end.

You’re gonna move mountains one day, JQ. And your Aunt Nani and Uncle Weez think you’re pretty rad. Even with green frosting all over your face. Especially with green frosting all over your face.

Broke down (way) outside of Battleground

Over the weekend, Weez, Cabo, and I had grand plans to go backpacking outside of Battleground, Washington. 2 hours into the drive on a backcountry/dirt trail/forest road, a rock pin-balled underneath my car, leaving us with a broken engine, stranded in the middle of nowhere. Good times.

We figured we might as well document the situation for funsies.

Where’s the craziest place your car has ever broken down? What’d you do to get help?