I ran my first official race yesterday! I ran the 5K Shamrock Run on the Downtown Portland Waterfront with two of my girlfriends. This year's event reached it's record high of 32,500 participants. Wow. Let me just say, there were A LOT of people there.
And it was very cold. My fingers were icicles and my toes froze. We did the best we could to stay warm.
We ran most of it but it jammed up near the finish line and we had to walk to it. I definitely wasn't focused on my PR with this race. Nonetheless, it was fun and I loved the atmosphere. Many people have told me that races are addicting. For some reason, they are! I'm doing my first half marathon (Vancouver USA Marathon) on June 17th with my best friend from high school, Michelle (see photo of us below!) and Foot Traffic Flat half marathon on the 4th of July with another friend, Ivy. I have yet to run close to 13 miles and can't quite fathom that right now but I start my Hal Higdon's Novice 2 training program tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to both of these races!