The Portland Marathon finally arrived on Sunday, October 9th. I felt confident and ready and was really excited to be in Oregon and see my family and friends! The whole experience was great and now, after the soreness has worn off I’m left with happy memories and a want to run Portland again… 🙂
Kristen, my running buddy from Nashville arrived on Friday and we hit the expo that same day. It was both our first race expo and we loved it. It was very well organized with any type of running accessory you could think of. My Aunt Cathy and Ryan came along for the ride and were fabulous photographers!
Of course, we had to get souvenirs.
The expo was really big and at times I did feel a little overwhelmed by all the stuff. That could have also just have been my excitement/nervousness for the race!
We were also able to meet up with two of my best friends from home who were running in the half marathon.
Race morning came fast and we were up by 4:30am making bagels. If you haven’t been to Noah’s Bagels in Oregon you need to go.
My Dad and Ryan drove us to the Start and we arrived with plenty of time and relax, people watch and I even made Kristen do a little warm up run with me. She’s a good sport! There were lots of porta-potties and the start was very well organized too.
The course was not as flat as they say. Up to about mile 15 it’s super flat and then there are hills. I don’t mind hills but late in a race can kill your legs. The aid stations were well managed but I would have liked bigger water cups. I know I got dehydrated during the race so I guess I need to bring my own water bottle as well.
I loved running through the neighborhoods. The spectators were wonderful! I even got a surprise around mile 20 from my family!! Besides finishing, seeing them was my favorite part of the race.
I still can’t believe I ran 26.2 miles. I still get butterflies when I think of my accomplishment. I’m so proud! Totally dorky I know, BUT I DID IT!!!
After the race is kind of a blur to me. I walked through all the different food and drinks offered and all I wanted was a bagel. I wanted something bland – wouldn’t make me feel sick. They had a lot to choose from. Even mini pizzas and candy!
My friend Chloe who ran the half marathon found me and basically ushered me through the t-shirt pickup, photo area and to the reunion area. I’m so glad she found me because I might still be ambling around trying to get another bagel.
Portland Marathon: time – 4:05:57; pace – 9:23
I am so happy I signed up for this race almost a year ago. I kept my word, trained and entered into the world of running knowing nothing at all about it. Though at times it was miserable I truly love running and I can’t see what happens next!
Thank you all for your love and support! I wouldn’t have been able to keep training or be as dedicated without my family, friends, boyfriend and blog-world friends! You all are the best!!!