Sunday, May 20, 2012

Portland Rock and Roll Half Marathon



A year ago I signed up for the first Portland Rock and Roll half marathon, the price was cheap and I wouldn't have to travel for the run.

3 months ago the route was announced, it was going to be in SE Portland, running right in front of my house and pretty close to Susan's. I was excited.

Fast forward a year, I am much more into trail running than road running. I find out Susan is going to be out of town race weekend, I have never run a race by myself. The closest I have come is a 5k last year I ran with Oscar the dog. It isn't that I can't run by myself, I am just afraid I will get bored. John, Chris and Karrla were all suppose to be out of town; I normally can count on them to cheer me on. Then I get a notice from the race saying I cannot park in front of my house (are you kidding me??)! Courtney even said to me, "let me get this straight, you are paying for the benefit of running in front of your house and not being able to park there?"

As you can probably guess I was not that excited about the race, but I signed up for it and I was going to do it. Even the day before the race I wasn't taking it that seriously, I went on a pretty intense hike and drank several beers in the evening. 

Race day, Chris and Karrla didn't go out of town so I knew they would be outside cheering me on. Since the race went through SE Portland, I actually ran by several of my friends' houses and a few of them were outside cheering people on. It was really awesome to have so many familiar faces out cheering people on in the rain. It was also pretty cool running pretty familiar routes with so many people. It had been awhile since I had run a race that large and I had forgotten how awesome the race energy is. The miles flew by, I thought about Susan a lot but it wasn't until the last 1/2 mile that I really missed her; I didn't get to race her to the end. 

I ran it in 1:57:01, not my PR but close. Not bad for a trail runner running on the road. 

And yes I would run this race again next year, but only if Susan and/or my dad are running it with me... or maybe Courtney. 


 No parking in front of my house

 Across the street from my house, watch out for the bump!

 Start of the race, in front of Mercy Corps.

Starting line

Me running in front of Chris' house

The race shrit

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The other end of Springville

This was the longest run we had done in quite a while, maybe even since our Wildwood end-to-end. It was a warmer day than usual, with sunshine peeking through the trees-- an absolutely gorgeous day and a fantastic run. We broke it up into two loops: about 10 1/2 miles and less than 8, and while it was tough to finish up Firelane 7 on the first loop, knowing we'd be back to that long uphill again, it really didn't feel like a greater distance.

We enjoyed getting to the downhill end of Springville for the first time-- it's a short ways off Leif but we've never bothered to venture down before. It's tough to bomb straight down the hill, knowing you'll just have to turn around and come back up, especially since we've done some really long ones like BPA (ugh!), Tolinda and Linton.

The downhill/east end of Springville Rd trail


Park at Springville trailhead

FL 7 to Hardesty (.08mi)
Hardesty to WW 21.67 (.21mi)-- .29 total
WW 21.67 to FL 5 (WW 16.69) (4.98mi)-- 5.27 total
FL 5 to Skyline (.87mi)-- 6.37 total
FL5 back to Leif 6.58 (1.1mi)-- 7.47 total
Leif 6.58 to Wiregate (LE 7.13) (.55mi)-- 8.02
Wiregate to WW 18.15 (.31mi)-- 8.33
WW 18.15 to Oil Line (WW 19.45) (1.3mi)-- 9.63
Oil Line to car (1.01mi)-- 10.64

Springville to Lower Gate: NW Springville Rd (1.03mi)-- 11.67
Springville back to Leif 9.37 (.32mi)-- 11.99
Leif 9.37 to Canon (LE 11)
Canon to WW at Germantown (WW 24.63) (1.81mi)-- 13.8
WW 24.63 to Ridge (WW 20.86) (3.77mi)-- 17.57
Ridge to FL 7 (.4mi)-- 17.97
FL 7 to car (.32)-- 18.29

Friday, May 4, 2012

Viernes de mayo

Running on a Friday! It's a rare thing, but sometimes we end up running on a day other than Saturday. I took the day off to go to the coast for the weekend, so we snuck a shorter run in before I left. To make it even easier on ourselves, we went with our favorite loop for when we don't feel like coming up with something fancy. The Leif Erickson trailhead at Thurman is probably the closest to our homes, and the loop's a no-brainer.
Our two favorites
Leif 0- 4.20 to Maple: 4.20 
Maple to WW: .82
WW 12.75- 6.43 Aspen: 6.32
Aspen to road: .23
road to car: .50

Total: 12.07 miles
We were excited to see these lovely new detailed maps of the park