Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!!
My weekend was wonderful and I hope yours was too! I am so blessed to have two amazing ladies in my life that we got to celebrate yesterday. And, my family made me feel so loved. I’m one lucky girl!!
On Saturday, I ran my second half marathon of the year, the Hippie Chick Half and Quarter Marathon in Hillsboro, Oregon.
The Hippie Chick is such a fun event and embodies the sweet bond of mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and girlfriends. The race route takes you through rural farm country and past fields of flowering crimson clover. Despite the threat of rain, it held off and temperature was just about perfect.
I had the pleasure of sharing the morning with my friend, Kelcie. It was her second half marathon and she set a new PR by more than 16 minutes! I’m so grateful that I got to be there to witness her huge accomplishment! Way to go, Kelcie!!
My goals for the race included finishing with a sub 1:40 time, setting a new PR, finishing in the top 10 in my age division, and the top 25 overall.
I’m really proud of my race. Everything came together the way you hope it does on race day. When we were heading to the starting line, Kelcie and I were talking about lining up according to pace. The “fastest” pace group was 7:55, right up in front. I commented to her that I didn’t feel like I deserved to be up in the front even though I was shooting for a 7:33-7:36 average pace. I don’t know why I said that. Or why I even felt that way. I’ll chalk it up to pre-race nerves I guess.
As usual, I started off way too fast. Which turned out to be a good thing because there were several miles that I could not seem to keep my pace under 7:40! The first few miles flew by. The course is pretty much all flat with just a couple very slight hills. There is also a section of the race that is a short out-and-back. As I was heading to the turnaround point, the leaders started passing by just after mile 8 (for them). I began to count them so I could get a sense of where I was in the pack. By my calculation, when I made the turn I was 24th, which I held for the last five miles. No one else passed me, nor did I pass anyone else the remainder of the race!
The last couple of miles are a little tricky because the quarter marathon merges with the half marathon. When the half marathon runners make it to that section, the quarter marathon participants are walking the event. Sometimes walking in groups that stretched across the entire road. I think it could easily be managed a little better by instructing walkers to stay to one side allowing runners to pass easier. I love seeing everyone out regardless of if they are running or walking but it just makes for some interesting maneuvering on the course.
Just like the Vernonia Marathon in April, I wasn’t paying attention to my overall time on the course. Rather, I had my pace displayed on my Garmin so I could try to keep around my target. It wasn’t until I made the last turn coming into the finish that I saw the race clock which displayed 1:39:xx. I was thrilled when I realized that I was finishing with the sub 1:40 I had hoped for. Not by much, but I’ll take it!!
After I finished I milled around and met up with a few people that I’ve been connected to online, but had not yet met in person. It was so fun to meet these ladies!!
I stuck around and watched the first few minutes of the awards ceremony but was starting to get cold so left before it was over. I was feeling a little bummed at that point too because I discovered that the race results weren’t accurate. From what I gathered by talking to a few people, some of the participants that had registered for the half decided to do the quarter instead. However, not all of them officially got transferred over to the quarter marathon which threw all of the results out of sync. While I’m happy with my PR and finishing 10th in my age group, the results placed me at 37th. I still believe I was pretty close to that top 25 but I suppose that’s just the way it goes and I need to get over it!
Overall, it truly is a great event and I had a great time! A huge thanks to Nuun Hydration and the Better Series for giving me the opportunity to do it! Initially, the Hippie Chick wasn’t on my racing calendar this spring so I’m grateful I got invited to do it and am already looking forward to next year!
Official results: 1:39:36 / 7:36 pace / 10th place age division / 37th place overall