|Photo bombed by a leprechaun|
Yesterday I ran my first 5k event of 2014: The Shamrock Run in Portland.
It is a big event with over 30,000 runners & walkers. As well as the 5k, there is also an 8k, 15k & kid's run.
I don't have a constant running partner & sometimes I run solo. But this time I talked my hubby into running with me. This is as close to a date as we get. We're not great running partners since I am much slower than him. But, he stayed back with me the entire run.
Packet Pick Up
Before the Race
|5K Runners waiting|
|Announcers, music & dancers kept us entertained while waiting for our start time of 9:20am.|
|Selfie of my bottom half while waiting to start the run.|
We waited in line for about an hour. At other races I've gotten extremely bored waiting. This time it actually went by fairly quickly.
|The hubs & I just before the race started.|
The 5k race started about 10 minutes later than scheduled due to a train going through and delaying one of the earlier races.
|Thousands of other finishers.|
After the Race
|We lucked out with the weather. It was raining at our house when we left & I was afraid we'd have a wet run. But, it only drizzled on us a little.|
|After running & eating the chowder we walked along the waterfront to old town.|
|It was a great day & a great run. There was only one small thing that bummed me out. I use the Nike plus app when I run. It's great. It tells you how far you've gone, your pace in real time, your average mile pace, your finishing time, etc, etc, etc. It also gives you trophies like the one above if you've run your fastest 5k or ran your farthest distance or burned the most calories. For some reason, the app was glitchy today. It seemed to be tracking everything ok. And, for a few minutes after the run I could see a trophy stating that I ran my fastest 5k at 39:26. But, it also said that run wasn't synced. After those first few minutes, the trophy was gone. Apparently, it's gone forever. I think it's because it lost the information. The app also shows your pace per each mile & that is messed up for this run, too. It's not a big deal. But little things like fake trophies keep me motivated & show me when I've improved. I'm happy with my trophy from November, but I'd like it to be replaced with the new one I earned.|
I'd call the day a success.
There was very little rain. The whole event seemed well organized. I spent time with my hubby - kid free. We both finished the race. I ran a PR. Back in August, I ran a 5k in 45:00 & was so happy. 7 months later, I ran it 5 minutes faster! I also felt better after this race than the one in August.
After such a good day, I need to sign up for a bunch of summer 5k's while I'm motivated.