I ended my last post with a recap of the weekend leading up to the Portland Marathon. As you can imagine, Pam and I were exhausted after all of the time we spent at the Race Director’s College and Portland Marathon Expo. But when we woke up bleary eyed Sunday morning, we decided there was no turning back. I did my typical Race morning rituals and threw on my Big Sur Marathon Poncho- it was POURING out, and thankfully Wally (Race Director of the Big Sur Marathon) had given Pam and I ponchos to run in. Lifesaver.
We stayed in the warmth and cover of the hotel until just before 6:45, and jetted over to the start line (only 3 blocks away- super easy!). At 7:00, the race started and off we ran in the torrential downpour. At first I was a little bit nervous about the rain, but the Seattle native in me came out and I remembered how much fun it can be to run along stomping in puddles, getting soaked and just loving it. Once you realize that being dry isn’t an option, the pouring rain feels more like a fun game. Pam and I had both decided to run at our own paces, so I just listened to my body, going at a faster pace than I’d intended but not pushing myself too hard.
A couple miles in a running friend Lili passed me, she was on a mission to qualify for Boston! The crowds along the course seemed unphased by the rain, all along the course the locals stood out with umbrellas and yelled their lungs out. At around Mile 16, the course took a nice little climb to the top of […]