I signed up for Hop Hop half marathon as soon as the registration opened. This is Portland’s inaugural Easter race! Not going to lie, I was very enticed by the free bunny ears and tail for the first 100 registrants (did not receive the tail eventually). This race was announced shortly after we finished running the Holiday Half marathon. Foot Traffic puts on great races!
I just hired a running coach, who is absolutely fabulous. Her name is Melissa and she has been coaching youth and adult runners for years. She helped me train to PR for this race and I am so glad I found her.
Over the last 10 weeks or so, I had been working with Melissa to improve my speedwork. My previous PR was 1:53:56, and my goal was to do sub 1:50 half marathon. Melissa was great about figuring out what worked best for me and adding tempo, fartlek, hills, and other speedwork in my 5-6 days a week training.
I noticed in my training my runs have improved dramatically. In my 14 miler long run, my 13.1 time was 1:55, which NEVER happens. I usually run significantly slower than my race times – around 2:15 or so.
I looked forward to this race and had Melissa come up with a pace chart for me. My wonderful boyfriend helped write the pace chart with a pen on my arm the night before the race. This was to keep me in check at every mile!
Race day in brief:
What I wore: Oiselle singlet, Oiselle Rogas, Oiselle hat. And of course my Garmin watch and Brooks shoes.
How did I feel: I was nervous, I wanted to PR so badly and achieve sub 1:50 time. However, I kept running so fast (8:07 pace first mile) that my legs felt wobbly and I couldn’t feel my toes. I couldn’t push myself any harder and had to slow down.
Course: Along the Columbia river in a very flat course, with very minor hill at the turnaround.
Weather: About 50 degrees, it got warm past 9am
Warm-up: 1 mile run with Team Athena girls. They are crazy fast.
Finish time: 1:52:13. Definitely PR’d by over 1:30, but did not meet my sub 1 hr 50 minute goal.
Lessons: No regrets, I pushed as fast as I could. And when my body couldn’t take it, I slowed down significantly. I am proud of my time and I hope to reach sub 1:50 this year.
Photos from my race! Including the cute swag, my medal, and photo of Geoff and Yogi greeting me at the finish line!