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Portland Half Marathon.. Done!

Monday, October 08, 2012

I completed my fourth Half marathon yesterday. It was a great day for a race - just this side of cool and crisp in the morning, ending up in the sunshine when I finished. It wasn't too hot or too cold.

This was my first experience with the Portland Half/Marathon, and I was impressed. They put on a fantastic race (after 40 years they've worked out the bugs!). Let me back up a bit though.

We had a good productive weekend, putting in a total of 8 hours at OHS - 4 for dog walking, 4 for groundskeeping. We ran errands and wotnot, and I was feeling pretty good for Sunday. At least, until Mother Nature decided she wanted to give me a little something extra special for the day.
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Ok, fine, I'll make the best of it anyway. And I did!


I was snappy and short at the house, but Bill was gracious anyway and drove me downtown. Were I him, I would have said no, but he's nicer than I am, fortunately. I got a bit weepy on the ride in, apologized for hormones and nerves, and bounced out of the car while still on the bridge (yes, Bill had stopped due to traffic being backed up) and walked over to my starting area.

I just happened to run into Roxit22222 at the corner! Pure luck, and I was glad to see her. We were in the same corral, although I was starting as far back as I could, knowing I wasn't going to meet my projected 3 hour time.

I dropped my bag (even though the line was long, it moved pretty quickly) and meandered toward the back of the crowd. A cheer went up at some point and we knew the first corral had been released out into the wild to take Portland by storm!

Finally, our corral surged forward, and I got a bit weepy again. It was time to go! It took us a while to get closer to the starting line. Another first experience - there were volunteers spread across the street that we passed on our way to the starting line. They were checking bibs to make sure everyone had one on, so that no bandits made it in with our corral.

I kept glancing around at the people in my group and wondering if I'd see any of them after we crossed the finish line. I didn't know how well or poorly I'd do, but I was going with a plan to alternate intervals with walking for as long as I could.

I interval-ed the first mile, then walked the next as planned. We were heading up an incline, so I stuck with walking and hot-footed my way up. My walks up and over Rocky Butte paid off. I didn't feel stressed or winded as we made our way along, and as soon as I hit the top of the rise, I took off intervaling again. We cruised back into downtown, then headed out NW. It seemed to take forever to get to the turn around, but once we finally did I was excited, knowing we were almost done.

I sent a few text updates to 4My2Kidz and Karen42Boys and my sister and Bill, keeping them apprised of my progress. The last one I sent before finishing ended with "boy I'm hungry!" LOL

I was a dolt and did not eat breakfast before leaving for the race. I had a banana, but I usually have either cream of wheat w/ p-butter and banana or waffles and p-butter, something substantial. I didn't do that this time, and was pretty ravenous even after my Honey Stinger chews and gummy bears along the way.

I interval-ed as long as I could, but finally had to accept that running took more out of me and made it harder to keep walking than just straight walking did, so I gave up the intervals and kept on jiving my way along. My music helped to keep up my pace and I repeated a few songs as the beat was just right. My body got tired, but I never once thought "Ok, I'm done" or "Why?" I just kept going, enjoyed the shade when I was lucky enough to cross through some, and made it back into downtown.

I've walked the 10K walk before, but I haven't done the Half. It was really much more emotional for me this time, having my name on my bib, people yelling it out, cheering me on. I got choked up as I rounded the corner to head up the street before the finish. I had done it, I was almost done, I hadn't quit or given up on myself, I had adjusted my plan and I had triumphed in spite of myself!
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The finish line was sweet. A beautiful medal, a nice rose, a mylar blanket LOL all gratefully accepted. The photog said "Candy, hold up your medal" and my fingers felt clumsy and I fumbled with it, but finally lifted the bling. I gratefully accepted water, and chocolate milk and ginger snaps and grapes and part of a string cheese. I felt a little sheepish with the snacks - the Marathoners needed the recovery goods much more, but I figured I'd put in my 13.1 miles, I deserved a little of it after all.

I wound my way through the finisher's area, picking up my shirt and coin and pendant, passing on the sapling, or getting my picture taken. I wanted to find Bill and get my bag and sit down! LOL It was nice to slow down, and finally locate the Man for a congrats smooch and a 'I'm proud of you' from him. That was even nicer than the medal. Well, almost!
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This was my fourth Half, but I think it was my best. Not time-wise (3:21:59) no, but attitude- and enjoyment-wise. I had looked forward to the race. I had prepared for it, but without going overboard, or shutting Bill out completely from my plans. I completed it by myself, but I wasn't totally alone. I was happy to do this race, and even happier to finish.

C~
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BIGMAMAT 10/10/2012 6:22PM

    Hey pretty lady! Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/10/2012 5:57PM

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So happy for you! Glad you had a good emoticon . Thanks for sharing.

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KASHMIR 10/10/2012 3:13PM

    Way to Go Candy!!! Thank goodness the weather cooperated for you. When's the next one????
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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/9/2012 9:20PM

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I'm so proud of you and it is great to hear that his was your best!

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ROXIT22222 10/9/2012 2:46PM

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It was great to bump into you before the race. I kept looking for you and a few other of my friends along the cross over sections. You where the only one I missed! emoticon

I know what you mean about getting to that turn around. OMG.. and then when we did to realize the Fremont Bridge was SO FAR AWAY! I think we ran half way to St Johns before turning around!

LOL about your last text and being hungry. I did eat my normal race day food and was Famished! 4 gummy bears for 13 miles is not enough! There should of been Gue!

Note to self: Put name on BIB for next year... (did I just say next year?)

My favorite sign was the Big one that said "ALMOST DONE!"

I had almost the same snacks you did (except I passed on the ginger snaps) and I passed on the sapling... Like I need more allergy producing trees around me.

Last interesting fact... I just realized today that the portland half marathon was my 4th one this year! WOW

Now I'm going to do some 5 keys to try and find the fun again.

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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/9/2012 11:46AM

    Just got done reading all your blogs from the last month, and it sounds like you've turned things around. Congrats on finishing the 1/2 - you should be proud! And I'm glad you got to TX to visit your sister and niece for her bday. There's nothing like relaxing, celebratory time with family, so I'm happy for you that you got to enjoy it!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/9/2012 11:37AM

    you ROCK!!! i am SO proud of you!!! what an inspiration!!

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IMIN2GENES 10/9/2012 11:24AM

    Congrats! That is so awesome!

I have to say though... your closing paragraph nearly made me cry. "I completed it by myself, but I wasn't totally alone." It's a wonderful lesson to learn and one I'm working on myself.
Chris
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/9/2012 11:03AM

    Wow. You did it. I'm sitting here in amazement. I did a couple 5ks awhile back and thought I had conquored the world. A half. Candy did a half. Is that amazing or what?! I'm so proud of you!

Please ask Hubby to give you a big ole hug from me and a high five too. You can do anything Candy.

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ASWENTZ 10/9/2012 9:53AM

    I even got weepy for you!! So proud! And thank you. You just convinced me that I need to finish this amazing year with a half. I am going to run my first in Nov. YOU are an INSPIRATION! emoticon

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RJFERRARO315 10/8/2012 11:46PM

    Congrats!

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WALKAWAY 10/8/2012 11:05PM

    emoticon emoticon Congratulations.

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HEALING_LORI 10/8/2012 10:08PM

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I am SO happy for you Candy! emoticon
I'm glad you ran the race - Your way! Nice to hear that you had fun and enjoyed it and didn't worry about the numbers - just running it was enough to be proud! BTW I love how you report your races.... I can just imagine the flood of emotions you must feel after your 4th half!!!
CONGRATS again!
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MADIGRAM1215 10/8/2012 7:27PM

    awesome accomplishment!

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TAMMYINPA 10/8/2012 6:54PM

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LISA01605 10/8/2012 5:46PM

    emoticon Sounds like a great race!!

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FEISTYOWL 10/8/2012 5:33PM

    Awesome job - well done you!! How great for you to have done it on your terms and enjoyed it and you seem to have savored the experience!! emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 10/8/2012 5:09PM

    You should be so PROUD of yourself. Nice job and yay for you!

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GAYEMC 10/8/2012 5:09PM

    Well done Candy! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and what a beautiful day!

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BLITZEN40 10/8/2012 5:02PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 10/8/2012 4:54PM

    Great job! I am ready to start hitting the road & see how my "rehabbed" feet hold up...
(Reports to follow) Then hopefully I will be picking out MY next half!

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DIANTAR 10/8/2012 4:52PM

    Yay! Congratulations!!! emoticon

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