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Rock n Roll Portland Half Marathon 2013

A little over a  year ago, I ran my 3rd half marathon - the Seattle Rock n Roll with my friend Mary.  At that run, they announced a new medal (and I have already admitted that I am 100% addicted to bling) challenge called the Pacific Peak.  You would run the Portland RnR in May and the Seattle RnR in June and get the Pacific Peaks medal.  Sign me up!  

I ran 13 miles about 2 weeks before this half and knew I was ready for my next race.  

We headed down to Portland on Friday night so we could relax a little bit on Saturday and explore this fun city.  Saturday, we hit the expo which, unfortunately, had been moved to north of the city and near the event hotels.  As I was told, someone had double booked the downtown convention center, and RnR was told they needed to move locations.  I know this was a big frustration for many runners. 

Once we had gotten back to the hotel, we took a walk so that I would know where all the events and meeting spots would be the next morning.  

The fountain was not running during race day, but still served as a good meeting spot. 

The fountain was not running during race day, but still served as a good meeting spot. 

The fountain was right near my start corral, so it was easy to find and a short walk from the hotel.  

Sunday morning, I woke up and got ready and headed out to meet friends.  In the last year, races have become so much more fun because I always get to see people that I know and catch up with them.  

pre-race pic

pre-race pic

After some pictures and laughs, it was time to get into the corrals and wait for GO!  We were off and Mary was going to try the Galloway Method with me - a run-walk method.  This is the method that I started using in the fall of 2012 and the same method that I used when I got my 1:59 PR for my January Rain Run Half.  I love this method of running and am still amazed that it allows me to run faster than running straight.  

Mary and I managed to make it up all those crazy hills, cross the 2 bridges, enjoy lots of bands along the route, and cross the finish line in 2:10.  

Overall, I enjoyed the course (just wish I had done more hill training beforehand) and the bands were good.  I really love running with friends because catching up on life certainly makes the 13.1 miles go by much faster.  

Mary and I at the finish! 

Mary and I at the finish! 

I am looking forward to Seattle RnR next month and crossing one more half off my list!  

What are your favorite races to run that are close to home?  Do you enjoy the larger formats or the smaller hometown type runs?  

Scott photobombing my finish line pic! 

Scott photobombing my finish line pic!