Holy Hills!

Yesterday I ran the Helvetia Half Marathon in Hillsboro, Oregon right outside of Portland.

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Our matching outfits for this race were aqua and orange.  Even my shoes matched!  It was a beautiful morning with lightly overcast skies.  We started at Hillsboro Stadium, which was great because there is a lot of parking there and at the Intel offices.

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We brought Braedon’s girlfriend, Ana, so that someone would be cheering for us!  She is so cute.  She was very excited to be there even though we picked her up at 6:15am and told her running digestion horror stories in the car!

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My plan was to run with Braedon AND my mom, but Braedon took off at the start line without warning and I took off to try to find him.  What a disaster.  I ended up not catching up with Braedon AND not running with my mom and Maryanne.  I was especially bummed about that because I had planned to run with them and didn’t bring my ipod.  It is really hard to suddenly change plans when I have it in my head that I will be running with company vs. alone.

This course was super hilly.  It is definitely hillier than the San Francisco races I have done.  That’s saying something!  I was not ready for that.  I was also not prepared to run 8 min miles for the first three miles that I spent thinking I might find Braedon, so I was winded at the HUGE hill at mile 4.  No pictures from the course… too depressing.

I ate Sharkies at mile 6.  They kind of sucked because they got stuck in my braces too much and I did not appreciate the citrus flavor later in my run!  I walked quite a few times on some up hills and at water stops.  The volunteers were great.

I definitely raced this race, but I never got into a good rhythm.  I spent the entire race wanting to be done.  That sucks!  I knew I was going a little too slow by the end to break 2 hours, but I wasn’t too upset because there is no way you can compare this course to a flat course!

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Speed demon Braedon set a PR of 1:47 (what a stud!) and Maryanne did, too (2:03:40)!  It was so great.  I finished in 2:01:39 which I think was GREAT for the course.  It was a lot better than where I thought I was headed going into the race, but it is about what I hoped for.

My mom and I had a GREAT race recovery day.  We showered, went out for lunch, went to the gym to sit in the hot tub, took a nap, and then got take-out thai food, came home, watched a movie, and enjoyed homemade peanut butter cookies with ice cream! WOO!

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