Race review for the Albertina Kerr's Race of the Roses, Portland, Oregon, April 13, 2014.
Stats: This appears to be the second time that I’ve done this 5K race based on another race shirt I have in my drawer. I surely must have walked the first time some number of years ago since I have no recollection of it. There was also a 10K and Half Marathon. Registration stats showed north of 3900 people signed up and that 3000 crossed the finish line. As one of those finishers I add my fourth medal of the year to my collection, although I did have to shell out an extra $10 for it!
Course: The 5K course was very scenic. We crossed two bridges and wound through downtown P-town. I was determined to keep my eyes up so that I could appreciate the beautiful day and the sights along the way. I did manage to catches glimpses of the river and a freight train that patiently waited for a throng of runners to cross the tracks. The second bridge was my undoing, however. I get freaked out at the slighted incline. I haven’t trained for hills. I don’t like hills. I don’t do hills. When I turned the corner for the last half mile of the race, I was faced with the on-ramp from Hell, or possibly to Heaven, since it was going straight up. I told myself I could do it, but only made it a short distance before I caved and was walking. Although what I imagined it was a quick walking pace, this proved to be my undoing for a PR. I missed it by one minute. My much younger, faster, and skinnier friend finished the Half with a PR, shaving seven minutes off her time!