After a little going back and forth as to our travel plans (sometimes getting a group of indecisive girls to make a decision can be difficult) we finally decided to stay the night in Portland at Katrina's house. I left the coast Friday afternoon, stopped off for dinner in Eugene at Marci's with a couple of my fellow Hippie Chicks then we hopped on the freeway to get to Katrina's where all the pre race festivities began, i.e.
Before we knew it, the night was over and it was time to leave for the race. We left in just enough time to get a decent parking spot, stand in line at the Honey Buckets and get to the start in time for the National Anthem. Oh, and of course take some awesome pre race photos.
|I'm really terrible at taking group selfies, but since this is the only pre race group shot, I better include it.|
L to R: Michelle, Katrina, Marci, Me, Lindsey
I didn't have any big plans for this race. It was 2 weeks after Eugene and 3 weeks before Newport, so my only plans were: 1. Not to race it. 2. Treat it as a long run 3. Have fun with my friends. Marci and Katrina were hoping to run around 2 hours (securing PRs for themselves) and Lindsey (her first half) was aiming for about the same, despite the fact that she had been super sick all week. Michelle was running the quarter, so was unfortunately let to fend for herself.
The goal was to cruise right around 9 minute pace. I'll just put this out there right now, I am a terrible pacer. Our paces were all over the place. It didn't help that the first couple of miles were spent maneuvering and speeding up to get around and by slower runners. However, as is typical Laurie racing fashion, we went out a bit too fast. We did a good job of sticking together for the first few miles until we lost Lindsey. There is nothing worse than training for so long only to get sick the week before the race and having your body not cooperate.
|In the early miles... still a pretty big group to weave through.|
|A new friend (Allie) we picked up on the way and Marci, having a great time.|
|Katrina and Marci running past the Vanderzanden Tulip Farm.|
She's got Legs". Unfortunately, I discovered I only knew a few lines of it... "she's got legs and she knows how to use them". It seemed to be enough though because all of a sudden we were rounding the corner that led to the last sections of the race. Even better than that, we were closing in on the 9:00 pacer and we used her as a target. Even though at first she seemed a bit far off, we steadily reeled her in and went right on past her for the finish.
Here is a look at our splits:
|Yeah, that 8:35 at mile 11 was right when I was in the height of my story telling - when I do tell stories while running, I tend to speed up a bit. :S|
We hung out a bit at the finish festivities, drinking water, soaking up the sun and enjoying our time together (well, maybe not Lindsey so much, she was still pretty sick.) I scored a T-shirt from Brooks at their Cavalcade of Curiosities then we headed back to Katrina's for showers and some of the best pizza I've ever had. Seriously, it was really tasty.
After a nice relaxing afternoon at Katrina's, I took Michelle and Linsdey back to Eugene then I briefly "face(d) North then real subtle-like, turn(ed) left" (name that movie) towards home. It was a really beautiful drive and made me truly appreciate this great state that I live in.