Portland Parks and Rec 5k

Family 5K Race

We ran our first 5k as a family! We had signed up for two races this year, same ones as last year. Last year we didn’t get to run them. I wasn’t ready postpartum for the first race, and last year the Westmoreland race happened on the first super rainy day of the year. I was bummed last year that I missed both races.

Last month I ran the Laurelhurst 5k solo. Michael was sick so he stayed home with the baby but this weekend we finally got to run a race as a family!

Michael and I were honestly unsure if we’d be able to run this race. Saturday the winds shifted and the smoke from the Gorge Fires was back in Portland and it was AWFUL. So bad I couldn’t be outside and actually felt kind of sick and wheezy in my house. The weather was also predicting rain! So we were basically just waiting to see what it was like Sunday morning. Lucky for us, the winds shifted and the air was clear.

I’ve been running a lot with Logan on my days off. We usually do a 4.15-4.6 mile loop depending on how I’m feeling, so I felt like a 5K wasn’t a big deal. This was a very different kind of terrain though!

The race was two laps around Westmoreland Park. It was on all kinds of terrain. There was bark dust, gravel, pavement, grass, dirt, pathways….you name it, we ran on it!

Logan looks grumpy, but he did great on the race! We started out together as a family. Michael hasn’t been running much this summer–instead he’s been mostly biking.

The start line was on the grass. The people with strollers started towards the back. The beginning of the race was a bit frustrating. It was very congested and slow and I could go faster but ended up getting stuck behind people walking so I could get around them until it opened up a bit. It was harder to maneuver around people with the stroller. But once everyone set their own pace it wasn’t as congested.

I ran with Logan for just under 1 mile and then Michael took over. We ran together for a bit and then Michael passed me. I had planned on taking the stroller back but Michael smoked me and I never really caught back up with them! Bummer. 🙁

I had to run a little slower than normal because the path was so uneven. I was really worried about twisting my ankle or stepping wrong and falling. So I took it easy and just went a little bit slower. The uneven ground and different terrain also made it a harder run for me. I felt my muscles really working a lot harder than normal. What can I say? I am used to city running!!

I took a few short walking breaks (less than 30 seconds each) and my knees felt a little tight and achy but I kept going. When I was starting to feel a bit worn out, the above song came on my playlist and gave me a little boost.

I kept going and was finally about half a mile from the finish. I sped up a little bit to finish strong and saw Michael and Logan at the finish. They came around and then joined me back on the race path so we could cross the finish line together as a family! Yay!! That made me really happy!

Logan and I got some post-run bananas!

We wanted to hang around to wait for the raffle winners but Logan was way past naptime and starting to melt-down so we left. It was a great family event!! I loved that we could all run together!

Final stats:

Michael ran his 5k in about 32 minutes. My time was 37 minutes or so. I’m pretty happy with my time considering the terrain was so hard to run on and I pushed the stroller for part of it. But other than that, great outcome!

Yay for family running!

Last 5k of the Season

I signed up for two 5k’s this year. I completed the first one last month, about a week after throwing my back out. 🙁 Despite not being 100%, I was able to run a lot of it and I wasn’t running at a snail’s pace. I was happy with the outcome. Of course, I was hoping this one would be a little bit better!

I signed up for the Westmoreland Park 5k, which was part of the Portland Parks and Rec $5 5k race series (which I love). This one was two laps around Westmoreland Park (on race day, it was actually 3 laps!), which is a really nice and big park in SE Portland not far from Reed College.

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I ran my last 5k with Michael (and it was his first!). This time I ran it with my dad! My parents came down from Seattle for the weekend so we could run it together. And by “together” I mean we started at the start line together and then met up at the finish line later. LOL. Yes, my 60+ year old father is a much faster runner than I am. Oh well! I knew I’d be slow and I warned him to go at his own pace.

Saturday morning I did a quick, easy workout on the elliptical. I took it easy and was basically just trying to loosen up and stay limber for race day. I usually don’t workout the day before a race but last month I did a similar short, easy elliptical workout and I felt like it helped.

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Saturday evening we had a little dinner party at our place with my parents and Michael’s mom and stepdad. I made a veggie tray with homemade onion dip and Michael’s mom brought over freshly smoked salmon. By the way, get the veggie chips from Trader Joe’s. They are so tasty!

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Michael mom made a delicious Caesar salad and we got pizza! It was nice to hang out and catch up.

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Apparently there was a big game going with Oregon State and…someone… :/ I’m not a football fan! So we watched that, too. I practiced sleeping with my eyes open. 🙂

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It was kind of a late evening but I got an ok night’s sleep and got up early, ready for race day!

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Race Day

This was first organized race my dad has done in years–my mom said 20 but I don’t know if that was accurate. In the Marines my dad was a runner and he was the fastest in his company.He spends a few months every winter in Arizona and runs every day. It’s cool that he’s still doing it, too.

We were ready!! We watched the little kids do their “fun run” (which was adorable) and then it was time.

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I told my dad again that if I was too slow he could go at his own pace but he stayed with my the whole time! Which was nice. 🙂 We got in the middle of the pack, between the 10 and 11 minute mile pacer.

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The time started and we were off! Westmoreland was a nice park for the race. First, it was completely flat. A nice change from the other parks I’ve done. Second, the terrains was a lot different. We ran on pavement, bark chips (which were nice), grass, dirt, sand, gravel, and wood bridges. It was kind of nice having a little variety.

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We ran the first lap (without any walking!) in 11 minutes flat. It was a good pace for me. My dad usually runs a 9 minute mile, but he seemed content to go at my pace so that’s good. That first lap my legs felt awesome and not tired or slow at all.

The second lap I was about 1/4 of the way through and needed a quick walk break. Took about 30 seconds to walk, let my heart rate come back down from absolutely crazy-high, then started running again. Ran the rest of the 2nd lap around 12:30 minutes. The third lap was okay. I took a few short walking breaks but not too long. My lungs were feeling okay, my legs were starting to feel…fatigue. And a little groin/ligament pulling a little bit.

We got to the home stretch and the last 1/4 mile of the race was straight, flat and on the nice and comfy bark chips so we sprinted to the finish!

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We got our ribbons!

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Took a few minutes to walk around, cool down, stretch, get water and a banana then stopped my watch. Our official chip time was 36:41! I am very happy with my time and the race! And it was cool to be able to run it with my dad. 🙂

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We went home and cleaned up and then drove downtown to Tilt for lunch. It’s a restaurant I’ve heard tons about, Michael loves it, but I’ve never been. It was nice to finally be able to try it. It was a cool restaurant in the Pearl District with concrete floors, super modern designs and tons of space. It had a very awesome vibe to it. I ordered the brisket, bacon and egg sandwich that came on a homemade biscuit. It was amazing!

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My mom’s burger, the teriyaki and pineapple burger:

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My dad got a brisket sandwich with coleslaw and Michael also got a crazy burger:

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We shared a giant order of fries at the table. The fries were fantastic! One of my favorites. And the sriracha mayo dipping sauce was so good. Loved it.

After lunch I could have used a nap. I was in a serious food coma and race coma! But there was stuff to do. My parents were helping us get rid of some stuff and donate it to Goodwill. It was a huge help since we don’t have a truck. Got rid of a bunch of bags of stuff, an old shoe rack and my old Ikea loveseat. It was time to get rid of it. A little sad, but it wasn’t something we used (except to pile crap on it) and we needed to make space. It was nice to have the help.

It was a great weekend. Got a lot of stuff done and it was such a cool memory to run a race with my dad!