Portland Shamrock Run Training Day
Trip Start Jun 17, 2013
35Trip End Aug 13, 2013
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In this race, there were about 4,000 people. All ages - babies in strollers up to 80 or so - walking slowly or swiftly, depending on their ability. I found my stride right away, regardless of the mass of people and was able to keep it throughout the race. One mile came quickly and I was feeling good, bobbing and weaving among the sea of green, finding a hole here and there to slide through. Mile two came more easily than expected and soon I was at 2.5, looking for the water table. Up the hill and over the top, around the corner to the last stretch. All the while, I was texting Scarlet to discover she had finished and was waiting at the finish line to greet us. As I approached the finish line, I glanced at my 'Run Keeper' and was astonished to see my pace - 13.56 minutes per mile. I had shaved a minute plus off my normal 5K pace.
At the end of the race, pictures were snapped and stories recounted. Then we walked to the car and found our way to the Interurban for brunch. The place was packed, many racers had the same idea. Not to worry, there was a small table upstairs that we could squeeze into. Delicious food staved our hunger and we were out before we knew it. Dropped Scarlet off at her house, then Harv and I drove home the sun shining through ever darkening clouds.
All in all, a very successful day for training and fun. My training will continue through April until the Race for the Roses on April 14th; one month before I fly to Scotland for the real test...