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Portland Marathon Recap/5 and 10K race opportunity on Oct. 29th

From: Richard F.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:37 PM

Mixed results, but nothing missing in effort and passion at the Portland Marathon on Sunday.  Much was taken away from the race by the competitors and most everyone had big smiles on their faces afterwards at lunch (but that might have been more from the dancer
across the street!).

PR's for Brian (4:16:59) and Sandra (4:27:01) whom, I believe, ran the most even splits.
Kristina got an unneeded (already has one!) Boston Qualifier with a solid 3:38:26. 

Tara and John M. may have been the most aggressive risk takers. John was able to hold on a bit better after getting out in 1:30 he finished just off a PR and BQ with a 3:11:36.  Tara shared the first 13 miles with Sandra as they preceded the 4:25 pace group.  Tara found the 2:12 pace a bit much on this day as she struggled home (but may have gave the hardest effort of the day!) in 4:55:08. Next time that she is on that first 1/2 pace it will work out much better!

Jane and Beth both got out to hopeful first 1/2 paces, but found, as suspected, the fitness wasn't quite there for PR performances.  This led to hard efforts, but not killer passion as they finished at 3:56:52 and 3:58:02 respectively.  Both seemed pleased by the information garnered from the experience.

The weather was tremendous for a marathon.  mid fifties with a small bit of light rain and no wind.  Sandra picked out a tremendous restaurant (Mothers) for a post race meal that we were all able to attend and enjoy each others company.  Stevie, Jared and myself were above average supporters, but if you are looking to hire an exceptional cheerer Gretchen is your gal! 

All in all it was an enjoyable weekend.

The next larger group race will be the Magnuson 5 and 10K's on Oct. 29th.  Should be at or near double digits for the Seattle 1/2 marathon turnout also.

As always, we will be out at Hale tonight doing our preparation.  All abilities welcome!

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