It’s been a week and a half since I ran the Portland Marathon. I was meant to update this blog sooner, but you know, life gets in the way.
A quick recap: I had been checking the weather for weeks in advance. It was looking perfect about a week out – 75F and sunny. Then it went to 70F and partly cloudy, still perfect. Then high sixties. And then low 50s and rainy. What!?!?! I was staying at my sister-in-law’s house, which is about 30minutes from Portland. My husband drove me in, bright and early. We timed it perfectly – we arrived at 6:30am, parked a couple of blocks away from the starting corals. When we arrived it was raining a little, but not too bad.
The start felt good. I loved running in a completely different place. I didn’t see the first mile marker, which I thought was strange. Then I thought maybe they don’t put them out for every mile. I saw the 2 mile marker, but my watch said 2.5. Hearing other people talk, it seemed their watch read the same. I figured the mile marker was mis-placed and it would sort itself out over the course. The first few miles were tough! Uphill. Ugh, I was not ready for that. After mile 4 (or 4.5 on my watch) there was a nice cruising downhill section. We ran into a train depot/light industrial area, which wasn’t the prettiest, but it was nice an flat. Around miles 14-15 the rain started getting really heavy. I was questioning why am I doing this. I actually stopped and walked a little. I was’t sure that I could do this. Then I remembered I had run 16 miles during training, and let’s just run to 16, and the last 10 miles I can do walk/run if I want.
Right at mile 15 the long hill heading up to St Johns Bridge started. That was a killer. I decided to walk some and then run some. It was brutal and long! Once I got on to the bridge I felt good. I decided that I could keep running, and I continued to keep running until I finished the race. I was a little disheartened when my watch said 26.2 miles and the end was nowhere in sight. Finally, at 27 miles (according to my watch) I came up to the finish line.
The goodies at the end were amazing!! The medal, the rose, the coin, the pendant, a tree(!!!), chocolate milk, candy, bananas (of course). I hobbled away from the area and tried to find my husband. After the adrenaline of finishing wore off I got super cold, and it kept drizzling. I would have liked the weather to be nice so we could go and explore downtown Portland a little, and find a nice place to eat. But instead, I was eager just to get back to the house I was staying in. Luckily I had packed dry clothes and a towel for the ride home!
Official Time: 4:28:49
Watch mileage: 27.14 miles
I got back to the house, and was still unsure on what had happened for me to run over 27 miles. I am used to running over, that’s generally normal. But almost a mile over? That’s just a little crazy. I went online, and nothing was on the Portland Marathon website, but a lot of other runners were talking about it on social media.
It has since come out that runners from coral C and onwards ran an extra 10 blocks, which they calculated as about half a mile. I put in to have my results changed, and I’m not sure how they figured it out, but they did adjust my time.
New Official Time: 4:23:42
So before, if I used my first official time I missed out on a PR by a few seconds, but with my new official time I have a PR of around 5 minutes. But I feel like I didn’t actually get a PR. I didn’t run the course faster than I have run previous marathon courses. If I wasn’t running any more marathons this year I would probably be extremely disappointed by this. Luckily though, I am running two more, and now have a chance to prove to myself I can run faster.
One thing I now know – I can call myself an ultra-marathoner!!