Sunday: 15k Shamrock Run = 9.35 miles
Sunday was a ton of fun with a lot of friends! This is the third year in a row that I have run the Shamrock Run and it never fails to bring a lot of energy oozing from 35,000+ runners and great times with it. I love that virtually every person who lives in the Portland Metro area runs some distance (15k, 8k or 5k) this day so you run into a million people you know.
The first year I was pretty new to running and racing and was excited to push hard. Austin ran with me and it was the first time that I had beat him in anything athletic. It might have had a lot to do with the fact that he didn't train for it and just ran - but I'll still take it as a win.
Last year Austin and I ran it just for fun with our friend Trysta and had a blast in the rain. Again Austin didn't train so we took it easy and cruised up and over the infamous Terwilliger hill.
This year being connected with Team in Training I knew even more people who we could celebrate the "race season opener" with. Not only were there a ton of fun people to run with and cheer on - but for once the weather cooperated. The Shamrock Run is known for its big hill in the 15k and for the bad weather - but today we had experience to kick the hill and the good weather came out to support us!
After those first easy miles Austin passed by us and muttered something about taking the hill like wimps (censored version). That put a little fire under our rears and got us going. Soon Carl and I were pulling away and Mike and Austin were somewhere behind us. We got excited when we saw that we were still climbing the hill but hit a sub-8 pace while feeling totally fine. So we decided to keep up the effort.
NEVER in my life have I seen mile times below 7s in any race I have ever run. I haven't had my watch for a year yet but I've run quite a few races with it and it has never reported a sub-7 mile... especially not on a low effort! I was stoked - yes it was downhill - but I am going to take those mile times and love them - lots.
We decided that even as it was flattening out for the last mile.3 that we were going to keep up the effort and just take it on in.
Mile 9 + .35
last .35 = 6'09" pace!
Carl was coming back off of an injury and was surprised with his finishing times. I told him that it was just like all of our runs together with the team - practicing our mental abilities at the end. Everyone finished elated - and beating their goal times! The sunshine made for an even better finish and celebration!
Our little group and quite a few Team in Training peeps headed over to Carls for lots of pizza and some homemade brew to celebrate. It was such a great time! After the party we went home and I added my newest 15k medal with my other two. I can't wait to continue this super fun tradition next year!"accident."
How did you spend your St. Patrick's Day?
Do you have a large race in your area that everyone seems to run?
What about an infamously large hill?