Someone call IX-I-I! Every time I tell you, every time! I see Roman numerals and that phrase pops into my head. Good news, we are definitely heading into the homestretch!
#35 Portland Half – One of these days I will fully train and PR this race. But not this year. This race, while perfect timing weather wise, is a horrible timing work wise. But I have hopes that work will calm down eventually (fingers crossed) and let me train for this race. Maybe even next year! It was overcast, and rained a little, but nothing like the deluge last year. The course was slightly changed, but still an out and back on Naito Parkway with an out and back on Highway 30 as well. I really wish I wanted to do a marathon because that course goes over St. John’s Bridge and you know how much I like bridges. It isn’t super scenic and the roads in the more industrial section aren’t great, but you do have pirates cheering for you. What more could you want?
#36 Girlfriends Quarter Marathon – Any race that ends with firefighters is okay in my book. Plus there was a brunch afterwards! This race takes place in Vancouver. They changed the route slightly from last year, but a good portion still took place along with Columbia River.
#37 Monster Dash 10K – When you have a crazy ambition to run 40 races, it means you run on vacation. But what better place to run, than along the Pacific Ocean? It was a loop race and the 10K did two loops. And afterwards, we got to take our shoes off and dip into the ocean!
#38 Scary Run Half – This was a “I really need to run 10+ miles but I don’t want to so I’ll run a race” race. There is definitely something about running with other people! It was out in Washougal, WA (over the river to WA and east along the Columbia). It was the inaugural half marathon (the 5K and 10K had been run in years past). Since the race literature didn’t have a time limit listed and it was an inaugural race, I emailed the race director to ask about time limits. The answer was as long I as I finished in time for trick or treating it was fine. Well okay then. There were *maybe* 50 people running the race. With that few of people, I felt for sure I was going to be dead last, which has always been a fear of mine. Too late now, I was in it to win it. Fortunately the half started a half hour before, which gave me at least an illusion of cushion time. Ha! The volunteers were great and there were ghosts and ghoulies to give you a fright. I was a little worried about this (would they chase you?), but really they weren’t too scary – but just scary enough. The first part of the course was on a paved trail, the second was on a packed gravel trail. I wasn’t a huge fan of the gravel trail, but I survived! And I survived all the ghosts and goblins. Guess what??? I wasn’t last!! And I wasn’t last by several people!! I even came in (barely) under three hours at 2:57. Whew!