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Running Log ~ March 17th Shamrock Run

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I hope everyone is pinch proof today and wearing green!  What a perfect day to share with you my experience in this weekend’s Shamrock Run.

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My very first race, and the one that made me an addict, was the Shamrock Run last year.  Last year I ran the 8k and was so happy that I was able to finish.  It took me an hour and I had to walk a couple of times, but I absolutely loved it.  However, only the 15k finishers got a medal, so after the race I said that the next year I would do the 15k and get that medal.

So after one year, one 5k, two 8k’s, one 12k and one half marathon I came back to the Shamrock Run and completed the 15k race.

Getting my gear ready

Getting my gear ready

 

The most daunting thing about the race wasn’t the distance, it is just under 10 miles and I try to do that on the weekend, but the hills.  Hills suck.  I just don’t have the lung power to maintain my speed, so I have to slow down, and I already run slow as it is.  They say you have to maintain a 14 min/mile pace for the 15k, or you will be rerouted because they have to open the roads up to traffic by a specific time.

Elevation

Elevation

One good thing about the course is that the longest hill is right by my work, so this year I decided to run that hill during my lunch break.  Or at least as much of it as I can in the time I had, since I had to back track to get back to work.  Since February I have been running 3-5 miles along the hill to train for the run, and you know what….it worked.  Am I better at hills? no.  Did I fly up the hill like I was on flat ground? no.  But what did happen was that my muscle memory kicked in.  And before I knew it I was on the downward side of the hill without having to stop.

OK, so that last part wasn’t exactly true.  They did stop us part way up to let a row of cars go through, some runners had issues with that and tried to go around, but got shuffled back in line.  Some others took this opportunity to get in front of those of us already waiting.  But really, come on, it was only a minute or less that we were waiting.  And if you were really competing in the race (like to place in a division or over all) you would have already been passed that point by then.  And if you really wanted a PR or some other personal goal, you could have made up the time on the down hill.  But I digress…

Course Map

Course Map

So back to the beginning.

We have had unseasonably warm weather the past two months with little or no rain fall, so how do you make it rain?  Plan a race.  It started raining hard on Sat and didn’t stop till Sunday evening, with a few pauses on Sun.  I don’t the have total rain fall numbers, but it was a lot.  There was lake puddles along the course.  But we are Portlanders, or at least Pacific Northwesterners, so the rain doesn’t bother us.  We donned our hats, running rain gear or, for some, just a garbage bag and set out on the course.  And it rained, and by rain I mean it poured.  It rained so much that when it stopped for a time I didn’t notice because my hat was still dripping water from the bill.  My toes squished in my shoes.  Which stressed me out because I didn’t want to ruin my running shoes, as they are the only ones I have.  My shirt was soaked, my sports bras were soaked, my pants were soaked.  I was soaked through.

Here is the start of the big hill during a training run

Here is the start of the big hill during a training run

Here is the same hill on race day. After it stopped raining

Here is the same hill on race day. After it stopped raining

It took a while to get going, the first two-three miles are the worst for me.  I really hit my groove somewhere after mile three, then I feel like I could go forever.  You get caught up in the fever of the race and all the people at the starting line so I really had to be careful and not run to fast at first.  The Map My Run app notifies me of my pace at ever quarter-mile.  When the first quarter-mile notice came on and said I was running a seven-something min/mile, I slowed way down!  Otherwise I would’ve keeled over in about ten minutes, I never would have been able to maintain that pace.

The road was filled with people, at all times.  After doing multiple smaller races, I had forgotten how many people attend the Shamrock run.  People passed me, I passed other people, I passed the people who passed me, then they passed me again.  I was never alone, or even with just a few runners, there was always a massive group of runners around me.  This made me feel good, because I never felt like I was at the back of the pack, it gave me encouragement that I can and will finish this race with a good time.

Let’s be honest here.  I always talk about how I am proud to just finish a race, but I never really doubt that I will.  Unless I get some major injury along the course, the races I have run so far have all been distances I have already ran, or almost ran (in the case of my first half, I think the most was 10 or 11 miles).  I do set a time goal, for this distance it was under two hours, which I did, I ran it in 1:52:54, with an average pace of 11:32.  I would have liked my average to be closer or sub 11 min/mile, but I really am happy with my pace.  I did have to stop twice for traffic, once for cars and once for a train.  I also paused three or four times to fill up my water bottle at the aid stations.

At the 8 mile water station on the 15k (about 12 miles for the half course) they also had beer and desserts.  I did not stop, I really wanted that shot of beer, but I was on such a roll I didn’t want to lose momentum.  I was running a sub 11 min/mile pace and didn’t want to ruin it.  I just kept running, because well, there was free beer at the end.

The rewards

The rewards

 

MSS 15k Shamrock Run

I will not be doing this run next year.  I did the 15k like I wanted to and got my medal, so now it is time to move on to another race.  Next year I am hoping to do the Hot Chocolate Run that is held in Seattle also in March.

 

Just. Keep. Running.

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Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday March 16th

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So yesterday (Sunday) I wasn’t sure what I was going to make for dinner.  It was race day and so I knew I wanted something easy.  The race was a 15k, just under 10 miles, which is a distance I usually run on the weekend, but there is so much more energy involved in races.  So I didn’t want anything too complicated.

Turns out it didn’t matter what I planned. We lost power.

As did some 72,000 other people and businesses.  I feel like this brief windstorm was unexpected.  Or at least they didn’t expect it to do so much damage.  Check out this YouTube video of some construction scaffolding being blown down yesterday in downtown.  So needless to say I couldn’t do much cooking.

Luckily my sister made us dinner and let us stay the night so the kids could take a bath and Sid didn’t have to wear pajamas to bed.

He no  longer likes to wear clothes to bed…in fact he didn’t even get dressed on Sat.  When asked he says ‘nope. fine. yiper.’  Which translates to “Nope, I’m fine, I don’t need clothes cause I have my diaper on.”

Unfortunately we now have power again, so I have to continue cooking dinner.  This week will be completely messed up and dinner plans will be changed because T-Ball is supposed to start and I am not really sure how that is going to work.

 

This kid will be celebrating his 5th birthday this weekend! Where does the time go?

Menu Plan 3/16-3/22

Mon: Parmesan Chicken Bites with noodles

Tues: Lowcountry Smothered Pork Chops with potatoes

Wed: Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken with orzo

Thr: Open Faced Hamburgers with Mac & Cheese (for the kidos)

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is closed

Sun: Ian’s Birthday, so he gets to pick where we eat

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday March 9th

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Oh man, I completely forgot to make a meal plan this week.

But I was able to pull one together.  whew.

Menu Plan 3/09-3/15

Mon: French Dip Sandwiches

Tues: Sloppy Joe’s with Tater Tots

Wed: One Pot Chicken Alfredo

Thr: Mexican Stuffed Shells

Fri: Pizza

Sat: Kitchen is closed

Sun: Race Day….So something easy

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday March 2nd

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Sid loves tacos.  I can’t believe how much he loves tacos.  Almost every night when I pick him up from the sitter he says we are having some kind of tacos.  Usually he asks for ‘bacon tacos’ something I have never made.  When pretending to cook, he is usually cooking tacos, recently it was chicken tacos, but he has also made waffle tacos.

So I figured he needed some tacos this week for dinner.  Tonight I am going to a book signing event so Dad has charge of dinner, and after him working all day I decided pizza was a great idea.  I admit right now that I am sure I will stick to making soup on Sunday, but I am gonna try!

 

Menu Plan 3/02-3/08

Mon: Pizza

Tues: Tacos

Wed: Parmesan Chicken Bites with Cacio e Pepe

Thr: Beefy Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is closed

Sun: Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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