Did the 9+ mile Portland Shamrock Run for the first time this morning. What a fun event! I worked a 9 hour shift at the Restaurant yesterday, so as soon as I got home we (DH and I) packed up the car and left for Portland. We stopped to see friends (Steve and Sue) who we haven’t had a chance to visit with in forever. We walked from their house over to Orenco Station Grill for Dinner. I was famished but wanted to eat healthy and not go overboard. One thing I didn’t want was stomach issues during the night or before the race. I ordered the Cajun chicken and asked that they grill rather than fry it. Yay me! They were very accommodating and it wasn’t a problem. The chicken was delish and cooked to perfection. It was served with mashed potatoes (yes, I did have a little of those) and brocollini which I just love. I did have a glass of Riesling with my dinner which was also fabulous. I recently got a $25 off certificate from Restaurant.com to Orenco Grill and had it with me so that made the meal even better. I actually got the certificate for FREE (as well as one other $25 certificate) when I booked a rental car through Hotwire. DH had the New York Steak and a few beers, so with the wine, drinks, meals and tip we still got out of there for $44… not bad!
The start and finish was at Waterfront Park and we got there early as I still needed to pick up my packet. It was cold but my garbage sack helped!
I really didn’t get a sense of how many people were there because I wasn’t crowded out on the course or in the park. I heard the announcer say 9,000 runners for my 15k event. Wowsa. Later DH heard that there were 9,000 for the 8k run, and 12,500 for the 5k. There was also a fun run for kids and I have no idea how many for that… also all the observers. That is a LOT of people.
The weather was actually not bad. No wind to speak of which was good as it was cold. The sun did come out once we got started and no rain! I wore my running gloves as well as my head band so that really helped. .. My hands were still freezing until mile 3.....oh and I must mention my green sparkle skirt of course!
The course was very hilly. I thought the Pasadena course I did last month was hilly… but this course had an uphill climb that lastest for several miles and one hill was over 2 miles! The course took us to the top of Marquim Hill, past OHSU, Vets Hospital and the Chart House Restaurant. That hill is steep going up in a car! I didn’t have a problem with the hill but it did slow me down. I am a slow runner anyway and am used to getting passed… a lot. I passed quite a few walkers on the hill so gotta admit that made me smile.After conquering the hill, the reward was a steep descent… then basically it was flat until the finish.
I haven’t seen my official time yet but my Nike Run program told me 1:56:52. It will be interesting to see how that compares with the official time. When I ran the Pasadena Half last month my Nike Run time was exact to the second.
This was a fun event. The downside? I didn’t get my finishers medal.. boo hoo. They ran out and said everyone with a time over 1:50 will have their medal mailed to them. I was a bit bummed by that as it is always fun to get a finishers photo with the medal. This year’s medal is a beer opener!
After all that exercise, I thought it would be fun to have a splurge meal. DH and I went to Shari’s Restaurant and I had a Strawberry Belgian Waffle. OMG Good! Definitely was a fun finish to the morning. Hope you had a sweet St Patty’s Day!