Holy Hills!

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


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.


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!


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!


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!


Shades of green

I’m BAAACK!  Back in Oregon that is!  I am home for a week in Portland.  My trip is perfectly planned around the Helvetia Half Marathon, which is this Saturday.  Looking forward to a nice hilly morning run with the fam!


It’s my first time running Helvetia, but my family does it every year. 

I got into Portland this afternoon, and my mom and Braedon picked me up in time for a nice evening run in the park by our house. 


Maryanne came over to meet us for our 5 mile run.  I was really excited to see her.  She is an awesome running partner because she is NEVER negative and always acts like I am funny and beautiful!! lol


NO!! Braedon is finally taller than me!  I mostly ran with Braed except when he decided to race some random kid on the trails without telling the kid!! lol.  Violet also got in this picture because she knows that I am allergic to her and she likes to irritate me I love her so much!

I couldn’t believe how green the park was.  It is a HUGE difference from the Bay.  Don’t let any Pacific NW haters tell you differently.  This is the prettiest place ever! 


This GORGEOUS green trail is just right outside our back door.  How awesome is that.  I kept raving during our run about how many shades of green there were.  My mom is alone in this pic because Braedon and I ran ahead and Maryanne was attending to Violet’s digestive issues.  Poor Violet got the runs during our run!! But really… poor us because she was stinky.


Braedon ran back to check on Maryanne and Violet.  This is when he was coming to a screeching halt.  It is important to him that everyone recognize this is not his normal running hand placement.  LOL.  Still looks better than my form! 

Don’t Look!!

My mom, Braedon and I ran Bay to Breakers on May 15, 2011 in San Francisco!

It was SO nice being able to wake up in Berkeley.  I just walked over to their hotel in the morning so that we could get our costumes on.  Then we went to Starbucks and BARTed our way into the city, right to the start line!

I felt pretty comfortable walking around dressed as a ladybug in Berkeley.  I almost felt like I belonged for the first time!!

When we got to the city we were pretty much right at the start line, and we knew because the ground was COVERED in tortillas?!  We didn’t really get it, but I guess it’s tradition!?

We got into the corral that was starting right when we got there, so we pretty much just started.  It was over an hour after the official start, so it felt kind of weird.  It started out with a lot of weird drunk people walking in the wrong direction.  We were all a little uncomfortable, so we picked up the pace and started some major ladybug swerving.


The race course was SO CROWDED!  There were parties everywhere, naked people, and vendors selling food and drinks along the course.  I feel like this is where I add a picture of the people selling jello shots, but I’m not really a blogger, so I don’t take pictures of random things, yet.

It was really fun to be there all dressed as the same thing.  A lot of people commented on our cute ladybug family, and I was so glad we had coordinated.  Of course, there were some people who didn’t wear costumes!  I definitely do not have a picture of the old men walking the race naked.  We tried to steer clear of them.  It was pretty gross!


I refuse to make this picture bigger because it is SO embarrassing, but it is a fun scene in Golden Gate Park.

The finish area went on forever with free stuff, photographer backgrounds, and all of the partying.  We went and got our race shirts and then headed over to the shuttle service with Bauer’s.  Braedon LOVED the bus.  We sat in the back in cush leather seats, and because we smelled really bad for some reason they didn’t fill the bus all the way, so we had like ten seats to ourselves in the back.


Bad picture, but this is Braedon in his happy place, which, of course, makes my mom just as happy when Braedon is happy!

I don’t think I would do Bay to Breakers again because it just honestly isn’t my scene, but I am so glad I did it once before I move away from the Bay.  I can cross it off the bucket list!  I suppose I might do it again if I get a corral spot in the front-ish with the rest of the runners.  Thanks mom and Braed for such a fun day in the city!