To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-Steve Prefontaine
Make it simple, but significant.
- Don Draper

Monday, October 10, 2011

Portland Greatness Sneak Peek

I thought the Portland Marathon weekend would be cool because it was local, a big race with a great reputation, friends would be there and I wouldn't have to run in the blazing sun.

It was that and so. much. more! So much more that I'm giving it two separate blog posts, which is a rarity for me. I'm still processing what to write, so I'm helping myself by writing this little "teaser" of some of the weekend's highlights!
  • I met Jeff Galloway, got his autograph, had a photo taken with him and talked about how I was planning on using his run/walk/run method the next day since I was already having so much success with it.
  • I got to hear great stories about Steve Prefontaine from the people that actually knew him, which led to ....
  • I got a photo with Frank Shorter AND Steve's sister Neta. 
  • Neta was awesome! I was completely shocked when I was talking to a woman and she told me he was her brother. She was so cool. Okay - I'll save it for the "real" blog post.
  • Pre-race dinner was yummy!
  • I lived up to my reputation in more ways than one at this race.
    • Unable to eat before hand
    • Jazz hands, singing and pure delirium during the last 1/2 mile of the race
    • Finish line sickness
    • AND my first official visit to the med-tent
  • Not only did I achieve my goal for the race, I more than exceeded it and completely stunned myself!
  • The swag .... Holy cow, the swag.... shirtS, medal, coin, pendant, rose, Douglas Fir seedling, backpack, a space blanket .... Portland knows how to reward it's runners!
Right now I am just totally exhausted. I spent all of Sunday napping off and on and eating. This is the first time I've skipped swim class because I just really had to sleep. Plus my ankles are sore and my knee is stiff. I'm certainly feeling the run - and I'm loving it!

This exceeded my expectations and I'm hoping the high will stay with me as I prepare for the next race!

**Wait until you see the photos Biker Boy snagged during my moments of delirium. Seriously, they are so bad that I cannot wait to share them. Most would be embarrassed, but I think they really capture how I was feeling!**

Before we part, I'll leave you with the finish times of my 7 half marathons. You'll see that I am not consistent at all, that Disneyland was crazy long fun and that something big happened yesterday! (* indicates stopping for character photos)
  1. Disney's Princess Half Marathon:  2:50:12*    
  2. Corvallis Half Marathon:               2:43:29
  3. Eugene Half Marathon:                2:37:07
  4. Seattle R'n'R Half Marathon:        2:53:52
  5. Lacamas Lake Half Marathon:      3:01:34
  6. Disneyland Half Marathon:           3:35:34*
  7. Portland Half Marathon:               2:35:54


  1. You kick so much ass. I cannot wait to see pictures.

    Holy crap that's some awsome swag. TWO shirts???

  2. TWO! One short sleeve shirt that you get with your backpack at the expo, then a long-sleeve shirt after you cross the finish line!

  3. 1- congrats on a NEW PR!!!!
    2- Frank Shorter- thats awesome!!! Loved the article in Runner's World they did on him.
    3- anxious to see the photos- love when they really "capture the moment"

  4. Congrats on your PR! Way to go!
    And, I'm looking forward to the pictures. Glad BB could be of some use to you during the race, haha.

  5. You are awesome~ I want to be you when I grow up :P lol. Can't wait to see pics and the recap!

  6. LOVE reading your blog!!! You seem like you really love life and you're blog always makes me laugh!! I would love for you to talk about the interval times you use!!! I just did my first half in Chicago (RnR in August) and used Galloways method and finished with a 2:53 - Would love to know what the "secret" interval is so I can break 2:45!!!!! :)

  7. Thanks Allie! I'll be sure to put my interval info in the race recap just for you! :)

  8. Congrats on your PR! I would have to agree... Portland sure knows how to reward its runners with swag. I just hope that the shirts fit better this year than they did last year. :)

  9. You did it. You finally did what I knew you were capable of all along!


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