12 September 2010

10K Pints to Pasta

It's my first time to run Pints to Pasta this year and I am running it with my girlfriend, and she ran it a few times.  Her goal this time is to run 10:00 pace.  I ran 10 miles and hiked 5 miles yesterday so 10:00 pace is just about right.  Hubby's goal is to finish under 50 minutes.

It was in the low 50s and sunny when we were transported from Spaghetti Factory (which is the finish line) to the start line at adidas headquarters. I love being at the start line because I can feel the joy and excitement of all the runners and walkers around me.

start line

pre-race pic (L-R): my gf - me - my gf's gf - my gf's gf's gf

This part of the course is about past mile 23 of the Portland Marathon route.  I told my girlfriend, "How come it's much easier to run this part today than during the Portland Marathon?"  We both laughed.
under interstate bridge - past mile 1

I love downtown Portland.  Not too big, not too small.  Just perfect.
view of downtown PDX from Broadway Bridge - 2.5 miles

Seeing the banners up along the Waterfront are treat to me!  I look forward to running Portland Marathon.  It will be my 5th consecutive year to run it, and hubby too.  My goal for the Portland Marathon is to run 10:00 pace comfortably.
Portland Marathon banners are up along Waterfront - just past 4 miles

view of the finish line


well-organized drop bags

line to the beer garden

pints but no pasta. the pasta line was looooong.

cheers!

post-race pics with the girls

post-race pic with my girlfriend, hubby

My girlfriend and I crossed the finish line together and accomplished my girlfriend's goal. We finished in 1:00:30.  Hubby also accomplished his goal and finished in 47:35.  Today was a great day!

02 August 2010

Number 45– Wildwood Trail Marathon Report

Number 45 is my favorite number of all time but I disliked number 45 during yesterday’s Wildwood Trail Marathon. I was being impulsive last Friday and signed up to run Wildwood Trail Marathon. It was my second trail marathon. My time was better than my first trail marathon (Bizz Johnson). It wasn’t my best marathon time but I had a great time. My goal in every race is to finish, have a great time, and don't be the last runner to finish. Before the race, an announcement was made that there were only 45 registrants for the marathon. I was like, "Holy s***t!!! " I’m not one of the fasties so chances are pretty high that I might be finisher number 45 if I don’t push myself even for a little bit.

I knew that trail runs involve hills and tons of them. The total elevation gain is 2,350'. My race strategy before the race was "5-min run then 1-min walk" but that did not materialize because of the hills. Instead I walked the hills and ran downhills and flats. At the half-way mark aid station, I asked the volunteers how many runners came by at the aid station, and I was told that I was probably the 25th or so runner. I felt somehow relieved when I heard that but after about 45 minutes of not seeing any runner going the opposite direction, I started to feel anxious and thought what the volunteers at the aid station told me, “Yeah, right. 25th runner or so... I am obviously more in or so.” All those time, it was only me and the 3 runners behind me though after 30 minutes, the two of them passed me. That left me and the one runner. Few more minutes passed and still no runners going the opposite direction. I finally told myself, “Finisher number 45 could either be me or that one runner behind me.” I kept going and that runner behind me finally caught up with me. I told her to go ahead of me but stayed with her. She and I eventually started chatting and she happened to be a DailyMile member too! How cool was that?!!! We chat, ran, walked, and repeat. And then finally! We came across a runner coming from the opposite direction! I told myself, “Okay, I can definitely relax.” After another 30 minutes, another one showed up. I made Debbie well aware that even though I’m slow, I don’t want to be finisher number 45. Debbie and I continued on... chat, ran, walked and repeat. My left hamstring was acting up towards the end of the race that going downhill was a little challenging. About mile 5 from the finish line, we caught up with this guy Brian who is doing his first marathon. Debbie and I joked with him that of all the marathons he could have chosen, he chose a trail marathon for his first. One thing the three of us had in common was we signed up on whim! Debbie signed up on Tuesday, Brian on Thursday, and I signed up on Friday. The three of us had a great time chipping away the remainder of the miles. Finally, we saw the wooden railings which reminded us that we were really getting close to the finish line so the three of made a loud cheer!!! Not too long after we cheered, I saw hubby waiting and he cheered us on! Seeing my hubby was a treat! Hubby, by the way, ran the half-marathon. He ran with me for about half a mile then he told me that he’ll meet me at the finish line because he just had lunch. I continued and Debbie and Brian were not too far behind me. I was finisher number 38 out of 43!!! Debbie was finisher number 39, and Brian was finisher number 40. Whew!

Finisher Number 38
It was a great experience running Wildwood Trail for the first time and also having company during those last grueling miles. The trail was so grand and gorgeous! It was humbling to be able to run in this gorgeous place. There were tons of slug-casualties on the trail, and one little mouse too. I was very good on not stepping on them, thankfully! Why is that some slugs love to lay straight on the trail?!! Do they have death wish or something? I also witness one runner slipped and fell. I offered her help but she said she was fine. I also saw one older gentleman with his knees bleeding and he was finisher number 26, by the way.

Debbie and I already agreed that she and I will definitely go for a long run at Wildwood Trail one of these days. Debbie is also thinking about doing the PCT 50-miler in July 2011 so that was exciting! In the end, my impulsiveness paid off. I will definitely do this run again and next year and be prepared for those hills!

17 July 2010

"You're a lucky man..." Fueled by Fine Wine Half Recap

This recaps the Fueled by Fine Wine Half-Marathon Inaugural Run on July 11, 2010 at Dundee, Oregon. It was hubby’s email to our friend who didn’t run the race. My unofficial time was 2:24:15. Not my best but not my worst either. It was definitely a challenging course but I would like to run it again next year and properly train for the hills. Hubby said, “I’ll cheer you on.” I’m sure he’ll change his mind.
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Subject: you are a lucky man...

…for not having run the Fueled by Fine Wines ½. In a word it was “absolutelyf*ingbrutal.” I got the impression the organizers had never run a day in their lives, although they struck upon the idea of a “fun run through wine country” and perhaps a way to market local brands.

Miles 1-6 – mostly flat, scenic, pleasant. Miles 6-8 were a steady 7% climb. Few people were able to make it without walking at least once. But the hills didn’t stop there. At the top of 8 you dropped steeply down (reminding you that you had quads), then the hills continued up/down/up/down for the rest of the course. No one ran mile 11 to 12. No one. It was up hill, hot, and by then, most everyone’s legs were spent. There was even a brutal hill to the 13 mile mark, which then turned to a steep drop down to the finish line. Water stations seemed a little too far apart and understaffed.

I had hoped for a 1:50. Ha. 2:12:51. To further put the race in perspective, the winning overall time for Helvetia was 1:12. Here – 1:36.

Anyway, the worst day running is better than the best day of sitting around on the couch. The wine tasting afterwards was nice with lots of wines, a complimentary glass and, admittedly, the views were outstanding. It conceivably could be done again, but only after significant and dedicated hill training.
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start and finish
the kind of sign you don't want to see at mile 12
 
the loot
Dundee hills
perspective of the altitude courtesy of my friend's heart rate monitor









enjoying some free wine with hubby!
Nancy, me, SoloRunner

22 May 2010

Gratification Comes In Many Forms

I was telling myself when I close to finishing my run that today's trail run at Leif Erikson (Forest Park) was probably one of my most ungratifying long runs.  First of all, I was tired from the get go.  Second, my Garmin lost the satellite signal at least four times which fouled up the distance (I was supposed to run 14 miles but ended up running 14.44 miles.)  Third, my Chi was totally whacked even though I was doing ChiRunning.  Fourth, I was frustrated how slow I was going even going downhill.  Ackk!  Today wasn't my day.

I was about less than half a mile to finish my run when I saw a guy and a lady (mid-20s) running in front me.  I caught up with them at the intersection of NW 23rd and Thurman waiting for the light to turn green.  When the light turned green, they started to move but the lady ropped her cellphone.  The guy told the lady that she dropped her cellphone but the lady wasn't paying attention.  Instead she was sort of walking backwards so I picked up her cellphone and gave it to the guy.  The lady was already sitting on the curb with her hands on her face telling her friend that she doesn't feel well.  I should have caught the green light but I didn't because I was convinced that she wasn't looking good.  The lady then start to fall and I wasn't quick enough to catch her but her head brushed on my hands that the impact wasn't that hard when she landed on the street.  Her friend was a little shocked and you can tell he doesn't know what to do.  I told the guy to elevate her feet and I rested her head on my lap.  I checked whether she was breathing, and she was, thank goodness!  I was amazed about how other people offered help.  One SUV driving by thew a bottled water towards us.  Another man stopped to offer help and he happense to be an EMT (another thank goodness!).  The EMT man checked her pulse and said her pulse was 90.  I don't know whether that was good or bad but the EMT man didn't seem alarm so I suppose it was good.  An ambulance was called amidst all of these.  We continued to elevate her feet and make sure she was breathing.  After a couple of minutes she regain consciousness and she was able to sit again.  I gave her the bottled water and another woman gave her a cookie.  Finally, the ambulance arrived!  Yay!  She was eating a cookie and sipping water by the time I left her.

After I finish my run and thought about the help I did for that lady, my being slow today had a purpose.  For what I thought was ungratifying run turned out to be my most gratifying runs.  It's true, gratification comes in many forms.

16 May 2010

SoloRunner Events Inaugural 10-Miler


I didn’t register for SoloRunner’s inaugural 10-miler this morning. Instead, I was a volunteer stationed at the intersection just past the 4-mile, 6-mile and 8-mile markers. It was 6:45 a.m. by the time I got to my designated spot. I got my Starbucks venti-soy-no water-chai and dreaded the fact that I didn’t bring a book. I’m glad I didn’t because I had a blast cheering the runners on, directing them, and especially taking their photos. I also had the opportunity to watch the fasties go zoom by effortless! I was on that spot for 3 hours and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Here's to all runners and walkers!



I tried to take as much photos as I can using my cell. Even without their bib numbers, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th placers were easy to identify. And of course, the Sweeper—she knows who she is. Otherwise, here are the runners and walkers with their bibs on: 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 24, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 41, 44, 49, 50, 56, 57, 59, 61, 62, 66, 67, 69, 71, 74, 75, 76, 79, 81, 84, 85, 83, 92, 93, 94, 97, 99, 100, 104, 111, 112, 117, 118, 121, 126, 136, 138, 139, 142, 143, 137, 145, 147, 148, 151, 154, 158, 159, 162, 168, 172.

24 February 2010

Hagg Lake 50K Trail Run

I paced my friend, her brother and their friend who ran the 50K last Saturday, February 20, 2010. I was pacing and taking pictures of them as well as the scenery during the last 10 miles. It was a gorgeous day. Actually, gorgeous was understatement to describe that day. I have not participated in a trail run race so, running with them gave me a preview of the course. The course was muddy as expected and lots of hills! I will definitely put this event on my event calendar next year. The question is, 25K or 50K? We’ll see... In the meantime, here’s a photo video:

14 February 2010

SURF CITY 2010

Here is my race review, well really race video. I make video's better then I write. So enjoy and hope to see you at my next race April 11, 2010 Santa Cruz, Calif.

07 January 2010

Two Oh Nine Recap

Even though 2009 felt like it came and gone, it surely left me memories that made me smile, laugh, shake my head, sigh, roll my eyes...

New Year's Eve...  5K The First Run and Walk.  It was a fun way to start the New Year with hubby Glenn, @SoloRunner, Kathy and Chris.  There was a pre-race karaoke party.  Of course, I sang!  Dancing Queen that is.  It was cold, rainy and a little windy.  I finished at 28:25 and a PR for me.  What a way to start 2009!

Three.15...  15K Shamrock Run.  Me, hubby, Kathy and Chris.  Hubby was having trouble with the traffic so he didn't start until 20 minutes after me and friends crossed the start line.  He still beat me though even though I crossed the finish line before he did.  It was cold, rainy, and really windy.  I finished at 1:33:29.  A new PR for me for this distance.

Four.5...  Race for the Roses Half-Marathon.  My birthday run with Kathy.  Hubby has broken his foot by walking through a dumb bell lying on the floor.  Uggh!!  He didn't run though he cheered us on.  It was coolish but it wasn't raining.  I met @bicoastalite for the second time and she paced @dunlapa.  I finished at 2:10:40 and a PR for me. After the race, I had a birthday brunch with family and friends at Simpatica Dining Hall.

Five.3...  Eugene Half-Marathon.  Me, @SoloRunner, Nancy and Kathy.  Hubby and Hayden cheered us on.  I met @smellycents and @Monayes the day before the race at Steelhead Brewery.  The weather was cold and, of course, rainy.  I finished at 2:08:19 and a PR for me.

Five.30...  Newport Marathon (Oregon).  Me, @SoloRunner, Kathy, Nancy and Sherrie.  We met @ginaharris1 at the start line.  I was overly dressed and had to toss my tights by mile 10 because I felt hot.  Seeing my hubby past the 25 mile marker made me want to cry for joy because I was miserable after mile 16.  I finished at 5:05:14.  No PR for me this time.

Six.13...  Blue Lake Triathlon (Tri-It Novice).  To sign up for this was @SoloRunner's idea.  I didn't really train for this event.  Hubby's foot was healed so, I drafted him to train with me swimming in an open lake the week before the event.  Hubby decided to sign up since he was training with me anyway.  I placed 91/92 in swimming, 85/92 in biking, and 35/92 in running.  Thank goodness, I'm a runner!  I finished 69/92 at 1:46:00.  I haven't decided yet when I'll sign up for my next triathlon.

Eight.30...  Hood to Coast Team Swif Justice (hubby's firm's team).  Hubby, Kathy and I were Van 2 runners.  I've ran with Team Swift Justice since 2006.  I ran the same legs as in 2008: 7, 19 and 31.  I am the first runner of Van 2.  First leg was really hot, second leg was really dark and still hot, and the last leg was rainy.

Nine.20...  5K Race for the Cure.  Hubby and stepdaughter were supposed to be running but they were under the weather so, I ended up running by myself wearing three chips on my ankle.  It wasn't raining this time, just coolish.  The funny thing is that my official race time did not register and showed "N/A."  How ironic that my time was N/A when I was the one who ran it.  The official times for the two chips were 27:38 and 27:39 but my Garmin said 27:00.  Oh well, I still PR'd it.

Ten.4...  Portland Marathon.  Hubby and I ran it.  At the expo, I got a 4:40 finish time pace wristband and decided to stick with the splits religiously.  At mile 7, I had to take care of a blister on the ball of my right foot so I stopped at an aid station and put band aid on it.  Well, I forgot my hydration bottle at the aid station so I had to run back to recover it.  The weather was perfect even though it drizzled from time to time.  Hubby and my in-laws were surprised when I came in sooner than they had expected.  I finished at 4:49:14 and my total distance was 26.6.

Ten.11...  Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon.  Hubby wasn't sure whether he was able to run Portland Marathon due to work conflicts.  He didn't want to waste all the training he did so, he asked me whether I'll sign up for this one.  I replied, "Sure, what the heck."  I knew that this will be a challenging one so I brought my camera with me and took a lot of pictures.  The course altitude is 4,200' - 5,600'.  The temperature was 29 when we started and by the time I finished, it was 70.  We met @ginaharris for dinner the night before and at the start line.  Oh... I wished and shook Alanis Morisette's hand at the start line.  Alanis was really nice.  Anway, I finished at 5:56:24.  No PR for me but it was a humbling experience after running a marathon a week before.

Many thanks to my hubby, family, friends, and twiends for the support this year.  And THAT's how I rolled in 2009!


  
THANK YOU!!!