I’m back! I did take the red-eye home, which means the jet-lag will soon be upon me. I am still running 3 hours behind, but I will soon catch up! For now, let’s talk about some marvelous things that have happened! Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM!
I had such a marvelous time out in Oregon. Truly, it was a fantastic time, and I am lucky to have the opportunity to spend with my cousins kids! I also loved that I was able to stick around for a few extra days and hang out with my cousin and her husband!
Yesterday was pretty darn marvelous for a few reasons, which I’ll recap later, but one main reason was the Shamrock Run!
The day started out not so marvelous with temperatures in the 30s, which made it difficult to decide what to wear! The forcast had the rain holding off until after the race, though, which was marvelous.
Kristy and her two friends were doing the 15K, which started at 7:40, and my 8K started at 8:20. Luckily, we found a marvelous Starbucks pretty close to the start line for me to wait around in, and defrost my fingers and toes! Around 8:00, I made my way to the start line. I loosened up my legs with some running around a few blocks, and then found my pace group.
The race was marvelous. There were an unbelievable amount of people running it. I believe it was something like 8,000 people for the 15K and 8K, and even more for the 5K.
Lots of people around me in line!
There was actually one person who was running our 8K in a wheelchair. The announcer was going to give her a 90 second head start, but she didn’t need it! She wanted 15 seconds, so that’s what she had!
After about 20 minutes in line, the gun went off and we were able to start! I took the beginning of the race in a marvelous way. No matter how many times I tell myself not to start fast, I usually end up busting my butt in the first mile to avoid people, and then it comes back to haunt me. Not this time! I started off in a faster pace than I usually run outside, because it was a race, but I definitely didn’t push myself beyond what I usually do.
The sun was shining, and the rain held off. Could there be anything more marvelous about the day? It took me about 2 miles to defrost my fingers and toes, but the sun was so amazing while I ran along the river! I loved every part of the race, and was able to check out different areas of downtown Portland!
About 2 or so miles into the race, we did turn around and went back somewhat like we came, but veered off in a different direction. At this point, I knew I decided I wanted to beat 45 minutes, and felt so great that I wanted to push myself. Of course I had no PR time to beat on an 8K, but 45 minutes sounded like a good time to have a goal for. I started weaving in and out of people, and pushing myself faster and faster, but still felt amazing. My foot didn’t hurt like last week, I was sweating but I wasn’t hot, and the amount of green surrounding me was all marvelous.
Speaking of the turn around, I could see the people in the front of the line running back, and the girl in the wheelchair was up with them! There were only about 10 people in front of her. She was doing such a marvelous job and kicking butt!
I turned the last bend, and knew the finish line was in sight. I busted my butt and sprinted the last .2 miles, which was also one of the first times I had enough energy at the end of the race to really sprint. I crossed the finish line, and looked at my time, which was about 43:22 on my phone. Later on yesterday, my official time was posted at the marvelous time of 43:20!! There was nothing that could’ve made me happier about the race. Everything just worked out so well, and made me want to enter more races!
While Kristy and I were running, which we oddly enough crossed the finish line around the same time, Bill took the kids to a bakery that they love. He raved about their cinnamon rolls, and brought me one home!
I am a sucker for cinnamon rolls, and it was marvelous! I told myself I wouldn’t eat the whole thing, but who are we kidding? Of course I did! Bill thought it topped my grandpa’s famous cinnamon rolls, but I still think my grandpa’s wins
One other marvelous thing about today is that I CAME HOME today!! My flight wasn’t bad. I managed to fall asleep for a vast majority of it, but did wake up as we hit a lot of turbulence in the air going to Chicago.
As much as I loved my time in Portland, coming home was so great. Always something about home.
We had to wait to de-ice the wings of the plane in Chicago before coming to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh’s weather is not so marvelous!
This is what I was greeted home to! Thankfully, our plane was only about 10 minutes behind schedule, which was marvelous!
I am off to take a long, marvelous nap! Aaron actually surprised me last night and told me he took the afternoon off , but for now, my mom and I are going to watch some Say Yes to the Dress and nap!