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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.

A Runner

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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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Running Log ~ March 17th

Hi my name’s Dawn and I am an addict.

I am addicted to races.

I am not just addicted to running, but I am addicted to the actual race event.

I love preparing for the event.  I love training with a goal in sight.  A tangible goal that I can point to on a calendar.

And I am not gonna lie, it feels great to finish.

Even though I was one of 35,000 people participating in the event, I still finished.

With my own personal best time and distance. (4.97 miles in 1:00:56, place 5909 out of 6939)

Yeah, OK, so I have never done a race before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but still…

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Let’s talk about the run.

I ran the first 3 miles, and then did walk/run intervals after that.  I made sure that I was running as I crossed the line.

I found it really difficult to maintain a slow pace at the start.  Everyone around you is running, some are passing you, you are passing others.  It is really easy to get motivated to run.  The excitement is palpable.  You feel great, and you know you can run faster.  But I also knew if I ran too fast at first I wouldn’t be able to keep it up and would end up walking more than I wanted to.  So I had to keep telling myself to slow down.

Here is the course map:

8k Course Map

8k course

The hardest part of the course, for me, was the straight away.  You are just running in a straight line and you see all the other people who have already turned around and are heading back.  It was kinda boring and a little frustrating, mostly because I had set a goal that I wouldn’t let myself walk until after the 3 mile mark.  And I knew that wasn’t until after the turn around!

I realize now that I never should have walked.  It was much harder to keep running after walking than it was to just keep running.  I never walked for long, but I kept talking myself down.  I kept thinking, I can’t run the whole time, I need to do walking intervals, it will be easier if I walk for a minute.  But I was wrong.

I probably could have kept running, if only my mind would have kept its voice quiet.

 

I really want to be able to run a race a month.  Races are expensive, but the money goes to charity, so that’s a good thing.
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I have already signed up for my next race in April.  I will be running the Bridge to Brews.  You run across some bridges and after you get beer.  What could be better?

 

Just. Keep. Running.

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Running Log ~ March 12

I have this race in a few days.

I wasn’t going to post a running log till after my run on Thursday.  I plan on taking today off and then running tomorrow, but not again until race day on Sunday.

But last night was hard.

So this next sentence will be TMI.  Sorry. But you got to hear it to understand how I was feeling.

Yesterday I was having some bad cramps, and was bloated and not really feeling like moving, let alone running.

But I didn’t go Monday because I wanted to go last night.  And I kinda have this race this weekend.  So I went for a run.

Let’s back track to Sunday’s run.

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Sunday’s Run

Isn’t that lovely? I am less than half a mile from the five-mile mark.  And yes that distance includes my warm-up and cool-down.  But, hey, I traveled them so let’s count them.  Plus that distance means I ran more than 4 miles.

I was really jazzed after that run.  I had so much energy. I felt confident that my next run I would reach five miles.

All I had to do was keep running.

Tuesday's Run

Tuesday’s Run

Now back to last night.  As you can see I did not make the five miles.   I didn’t even make it as far as Sunday.

I was exhausted.  The first mile was hard, the second mile was a little easier, but I almost didn’t make it.  I had to take a break.  So I walked for two minutes, dropped my phone (which had my movie on it) so I had to pause and pick it up.

So now back to running.  This time I only made it one mile before I had to walk for two minutes.  But when I started running again I picked up my pace.  I had less than 11 minutes until 52 minutes and I wanted to get my last mile done by 52 minutes (gotta set a goal).

I did just that.  I thought I would then run as long as I could after, but turns out I stopped at 52 minutes for my cool down.

So I am slightly disappointed in myself for not hitting that 5 mile mark.  But I have one more day to run before the race.

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Just. Keep. Running.

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Running Log ~ March 9th

7 days.

This time next week I will have completed my first race.

I am excited and nervous.  I am nervous because well all you reader out there in blog land who are keeping up with me (all twelve of you) know about the fact that I am doing this.  You will hold be accountable.  I will have to be truthful with you on how I did.

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I will finish.  Doesn’t matter what my time will be.  I will finish.

But how I have been doing?

Tues Run

Tues Run

Thurs Run

Thurs Run

I think Thursday was the farthest I had run since I started running again.  I did two walking segments in there, one to two minutes each.

Sometimes my brain has a hard time remembering 8k is not 8 miles, only about 5.  Because I look at my distance and then think “how am I ever going to get to 8…”  But I like to say I am running a 8k race, because that sounds way more impressive than a 5 mile race.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. (KJV)

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Just. Keep. Running.

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