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Weekend Update – The “What The Heck Was I Thinking?” Edition

>> Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekend Update

Who was that crazy person who signed me up for two races in six days???

Oh wait, that was me.

First of all let me state clearly that I AM NOT a runner. For a long time I was strictly a walker and I enjoy walking in races. The Hubster is the runner in the family.

Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Over the past couple of years I've started adding a bit of running into the mix and now I approach races as a mix of running and walking. It’s fun but I doubt I’ll ever be strictly a runner. Anyway I decided several months ago that it was time to give a half-marathon a try. The Hubster and some of his friends were doing the Vernonia Half Marathon which isn't too far from our house and is a course that’s not all hills (a rarity in this area). That was last Sunday. Then the Hop Hop 5k which we did last year in it’s inaugural year ended up being scheduled for yesterday. I had to sign up because it’s just a fun race with a nice course and mimosas afterwards. I figured that the worst case scenario was that I just walk it casually.

I actually ended up doing pretty well (for me) in both races.

Vernonia Lake
Vernonia Lake
My goal for the half marathon was to do a 14 minute pace and finish in 3 hours. I managed to finish in 2:52 thanks to some good early miles because the finish wasn't pretty. The final few miles were a long gradual uphill that just wore me down and then the final quarter mile was a steep downhill switchback that made my calves cramp and I was glad to just make it across the finish line.

But I did it!
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Banks-Vernonia State Trail

The course was beautiful. It was mostly a trail around a lake and then along an old railroad right of way through the woods. The weather was gorgeous.

Then it was time to assess the damage. Beyond the expected post-race soreness I had a giant painful blister on my pinkie toe. The shoes I wore have been tossed never to be worn again. An emergency shoe order was placed so I could get a new pair of the style of shoes I used to wear in time for Saturday’s 5k. Since on Monday I could hardly walk I wasn't even sure if walking the 5k yesterday was going to be an option. But as the week passed the blister healed enough and I gave the new shoes a trial run on Thursday on the treadmill which left me ready to face the 5k yesterday.
Sunrise over Mt. Hood and the Portland Airport
Sunrise over Mt. Hood and the Portland Airport

We had another pretty morning and the wind and rain held off long enough for our race. The half-marathon folks who started later than the 5k folks weren't so lucky. I did much better than I expected. I didn't get a PR but I did finish faster than I did last year. Then there were the mimosas! It’s all about rewards.

Hop Hop 5K Commemorative Glasses
Now I get a break. This two races in 6 days was kind of crazy but I did it. I’m not sure I’ll ever attempt it again. My next race is on July 4th and I’m looking forward to taking a week or so off and letting my legs and feet heal.

Reading this week:
I finished listening to Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood. It was fun and I enjoyed both the main character and the 1920’s Australia setting. I started listening to the next (for me) in the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson. The Dark Horse is narrated by George Guidall and I’m liking it a lot so far.

In print I finished The Accident by Chris Pavone. I now have two Pavone books that I’m ready go push The Hubster to read. I enjoyed both The Expats and The Accident and I think he’ll like them too.

I started reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s fascinating so far and I’m looking forward to reading more.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Book Bloggers International 4/20/2014 1:31 PM  

Impressive! I have never run a marathon, but I used to walk them as a teenager. Hopefully once my spine problems are healed I can try for them again! You should be very proud of your accomplishment!

Les 4/26/2014 7:34 PM  

Um, you are a runner, my dear. You may not think you are, but you are! And I'm quite envious. I used to run A LOT. I've run in 2 half-marathons and many, many 10ks. I miss it terribly, but my knees just can't handle it anymore. I'm thankful, however, that I can still get out on my bike or walk on the trails. BTW, Vernonia State Trail looks gorgeous, as does that lake! You live in such a beautiful part of the country!

SuziQoregon 5/01/2014 9:23 PM  

Jenn: Thanks!

BBI: Wow on walking marathons. After doing a half I'm not sure I'd ever tackle a full marathon.

Les; Oh definitely not a runner but I do enjoy getting out there and walking with a bit of jogging in the mix. Yes the Vernonia State Trail is great - I'd love to get out there again to just explore and a leisurely pace.

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