Packet pickup is the day before at a local running shop that was amazing. Only after I left, spending $16 on gels did I find out we had a $15 gift certificate from the race packet. (Damn…)
None. The pickup was at a running shop. But there were some tents set up at the actual race. And thank goodness for that since my earbuds broke and they thankfully had some for sell there.
Concentrated heavily on hydration, which was a great call. Allowed myself a rest day Friday, which I think helped. Thai food with noodles the day before, at Portlands Saturday market. Yum. Slept well.
-Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3’s
– Cool, breathable tank and my fave breathable running capris
-OGIO 9.0 bag to bring my things to and from Portland
– Drymax Hyper Thin Mini Socks
-My iPhone and case that also holds my ID and a debit card, armband and new earbuds
– A handy Nathan armband to hold my gel (Hammer gel Raspberry flavor) and two Nuun tablets
– My Garmin
Incredibly well set up. Plenty of volunteers and fuel/water stations. Hammer gels, which I didn’t need as I had plenty. No entertainment/bands which I never mind. Post race was incredibly set up plus everyone got a free beer.
The Actual Race
You start your pace and turn the corner, BOOM A GIANT HILL, totally unexpected. The race website says “gradual hills”, these were far from gradual. These were hell. And he’ll continued for 8 miles. At mile 8 though, things changed. The course turned into a gorgeous trail, through woods, along a lake, on a nice soft path. Terrific ending. Really cool medal.
Crazy hills at the beginning. Gorgeous trail at the end. Result 2:22. I’m Happy with that time.