Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bridge to Bridge to Brews

I did a run called Bridge-to-Bridge-to-Brews this morning. I think it's been put on in Portland for a number of years, but it used to be just Bridge-to-Bridge. They have since changed the course to go over the Fremont Bridge (only event in Portland to do so) and the Broadway Bridge. It starts and ends at Widmere Brewing in NE Portland. Very convenient for a post-race beverage!

I had another PR (personal record) today!!! I am very pleased with that considering my super hard workout day yesterday. I won't get into too much detail, but it started with a long swim and ended with back-to-back spin classes. I also did a bunch of yard work after the gym. Needless to say, my legs were toast before I even started the run today...

Here's my race report. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos because my memory card for the camera was left at home.

Race: 2008 Bridge-to-Bridge-to-Brews 8k Run
Date: Sunday, April 20th
Location: Portland, OR
Distance: 8 km (4.97 miles)
Time: 00:53:09 (a new 8k PR!)

Oatmeal and coffee for breakfast. Carpooled with the girlies: Angie (long-time friend, not a Headhunter), Nadine (fellow Headhunter and training partner, read previous posts for more about her antics), and Jenn (also a Headhunter and training buddy). It was about 36° out and we arrived a tad early, so we all huddled in the car to stay warm. Made a quick porta-potty stop and lined up for the race.

I wish I had taken my lap times, but it was something like this --
Mile 1 = over 11 min/mi (very hilly as it started by climbing up and over the Fremont Bridge)
Mile 2 = low 10 min/mi
Mile 3 = low 10 min/mi
Mile 4 = haven't a clue
Mile 5 = slower due to climbing up and over the Broadway Bridge. That, and I was t-i-r-e-d!

would I do differently?:
I would of course be able to run faster, but since I had fried legs, this was a hilly course, and I still managed to have a personal best, I have zero complaints.

Met back up with the girlies, shivered in the cold temps, downed a free IPA, and drove home to take a hot shower.

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