Sunday, October 09, 2016

Portland Marathon

Another great day to donate! Two marathons and two charities! Let's raise a combined $6,500 for cancer research through Fred's Team and low-income seniors with Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.)!

Donate to H.O.M.E. here (write in "marathon" in note section). Donate to Fred's Team here

The Portland marathon is over! Just one more marathon to go. I hope to have lots of pictures soon, but please enjoy these factoids. Also I made a meme-styled picture thing. I think it captures how I feel moving through the marathon.

Portland gives out a lot of graphics for such a small race. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory.

I'm above average. Sort of. My age/grade is 50.87%

Not sure why they split the data.
In total I passed 868 runners and was passed by 64 runners. 

It rained the entire time I was on the course. The rain flitted between a solid poor and a stiff drizzle. And for a while the head winds were rather strong. Perhaps that is why my PR only improved by 12 seconds. Of course there are also hills here in Portland - and I was feeling a bit sickly all last week. But at the end of the day those are only excuses.

I wasn't as sore at the end of this marathon as in Chicago. But I did get a bit hypothermic. After the race I took my complimentary tree seedling and waddled off towards the hotel we chose as our meeting location. I was shaking uncontrollably and knew I would need to stop someone and tell them I was in trouble if I didn't find the hotel soon. Fortunately, I found it. And a few coffees later I was shaking a bit less and feeling a whole lot better. I am still getting back to an appropriate temperature.

I still think I can get under four hours. And I still think beating 3:52 is not out of the question. I will need much better conditions. But as I've learned in all of my training: "The next run will be better."

Anyway, I'm going to bed (Totally legit. It's almost 9pm here).

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