The Full Loop

I wish I could remember when the last time it was that I ran the full loop on the waterfront. I don’t know if I documented it on here, but I’m guessing it was about 5-6 years ago. Last week I ran part of the loop. This week I got to run the full thing! I felt so happy and accomplished afterwards.

Don’t mind the derpy photo! I was trying to get a photo of the beautiful cherry blossom trees that are now in full bloom on the waterfront. They are one of my favorite trees.

It was supposed to be 60+ degrees. But by the time I was ready to run, the sun was out and it was a chilly 50 degrees. I wore my running sweater but after about 10 minutes, I didn’t need it and took it off. It was a gorgeous sunny day for a run.

Here is a photo of me crossing the Steel Bridge:

And across the river:

Once I got across the river, I did some run/walk intervals. My left knee was bugging me slightly but it wasn’t too terrible. This time I ran across the Hawthorne Bridge instead of cutting it short like last time.

After my run last week, I ordered a running belt on Amazon.I was having an issue trying to figure out where to put my work badge so I could get back into the building. But I didn’t have pockets big enough. This was the first time I ran with a belt. I didn’t particularly like it–if you don’t have a muffin top, you will wearing a running belt!!–but it did work pretty well. And it stayed in place, too, so that’s a plus.

It was such a nice day out, I didn’t want to go back into the office. I walked the last few blocks to work and then went to the gym to foam roll and stretch.

I showered and then was back at my desk to eat my sad frozen meal for lunch. It’s the quickest and easiest thing on days I run outside because I use my full lunch hour for the run/stretch/shower.

Here are my stats:

I’ve been noticing that my run pattern seems to be: fastest mile is the first mile. Probably because I can run for about 1 to 1.5 miles without having to take a walk break and towards the end of the run I take more walk breaks. Oh well, I’m not trying to beat any records. Maybe my own. 😉

Last night I took a hot bath with epsom salts to hopefully stave off the soreness from my run (it seemed to help) and slept SO good that night. I love running outside.

Laurelhurst 5k

I ran my first 5k of the year on Sunday.

Did I train for it? Not really. Have I been running? Yes. So when last week arrived and I realized the race was coming up, I wasn’t too worried. For months I’ve been running every Wednesday with Logan 4.5-5 miles and then on Fridays at work during lunch, I run 2.5-3 miles on the treadmill (depending on how much time I have).

So for the spring and summer, I have been running around 8 miles a week. I figured a 5k wouldn’t be a big issue. I was looking forward to this race. I signed up for two 5k’s last year but I wasn’t quite ready to run them postpartum and ended up skipping them. The last 5k I ran was when I was pregnant with Logan!

Here is a post from 2 years ago when I ran the Laurelhurst 5k. I had been newly pregnant and had just hurt my back, so I was surprised I was able to run it at all. My time that time was 39:41.

The plan for this year was to run the 5k as a family. I was going to run with Logan in the running stroller and Michael was going to run with us. Well, we seem to have bad luck with races–this year? We all got the stomach flu last week. Of course!

Logan got it Tuesday, I got it Wednesday. Michael got it Thursday and was sick all weekend, so he didn’t run and stayed home with Logan. I was solo this time. Which was kind of a bummer.

I woke up Sunday and had breakfast of two fried eggs, half a bagel with cream cheese and coffee. It was dreary out. After months of sun and hot hot hot weather, the weather was rainy and gray. We definitely need the rain, and hopefully it will clear the air of the wildfire smoke, but it was kind of a bummer for race day! It turned out to not be that bad. The rain stopped for most of the race, and just misted a little bit.

They changed the race route this year. The last few years we’ve done it, it was three laps on the pavement through Laurelhurst Park. This year, they made it two laps and it was partly through differently terrain: grass, hills, bark dust, dirt, plus the paved trails.

Laurelhurst Park is really pretty. Lots of trees and plants and there are ponds with ducks and geese. The trail was pretty good this year. I did like that it was only 2 laps through the park. But I wasn’t super excited about running on uneven ground. There were parts of the trail that had tree roots coming up out of the grass and if you stepped wrong, I could see a sprained ankle happening.

I started out pretty good on the race. I just listened to my music and set a pace. I wasn’t in a mood to try and break any records of mine. I just wanted to run the race and hopefully not have to walk for most of it!

I ran the first mile of the race without any walk breaks. I wasn’t particularly fast but I was doing pretty good. There were two hills, one was gravel, that I did walk on during both of the laps.

Sweaty, blurry run selfie!

I started the second lap of the race feeling really strong. I wasn’t tired, despite having the flu for four days leading up to the race. My left knee was a little achy but overall, my body felt good. There was about 1/2 mile left of the race. I sped up a little bit to finish strong.

I crossed the finish line and got my ribbon! I felt really great! Especially for not having to take many walking breaks during the race.

I grabbed half a banana after the race and drank some water, stretched, and then headed home. I didn’t hang around for the raffle. I was sweaty and wet from the drizzle rain during the race and looking forward to a hot shower.

Here are my stats:

So I’m confused as to why the mileage is off. I’m not sure if the race was off or if my GPS was off. I don’t get it. But despite that, I was really happy with my pace and my time. 36 minutes is my best 5k time! I felt super happy about that!

I feel strong and happy with my race and my time! I’m so glad it went well! Next month is my next 5k!