Shamrock 5K Run (beneficiary Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation) way back in January when the New Year euphoria was powerful enough to shake me out of the inertia that the after-holidays season tends to put me in.
Well, we were expecting freezing weather, it did snow a bit today, didn't stick. But for the bit of rain which Portlanders don't seem to notice, the run was fun.
The sheer numbers was overwhelming - droves of runners - hard to push through and make a dash for the finish. (Not that I was in any condition to, of course).
Thankfully, 38 minutes after the start, I managed to cross the finish line in one piece, still breathing steadily and not anywhere near collapse (which I would have been had I undertaken this 5K venture 3 years ago).
I am not really a runner, although I'm working towards feeling comfortable enough with 5K to move on to 8K one of these days. I wanted to jot down this event if only to look back and motivate myself for the next event where I can hope to improve upon my performance if possible. And, considering I only started running reluctantly, when I ran out of excuses, about 2 years ago, I have a long way to go...
I met some awesome ladies/moms who run 15K without so much as breaking a sweat. I can only imagine the training and conditioning they must've undergone to get to that comfort level.
Being conscious and vigilant about privacy, especially others' and kids', I decided to blur the picture to keep others anonymous. Since a post feels incomplete without a picture, I desperately wanted to include this which a friend was kind enough to click right before the run and share. I particularly liked the bright green shirts we sported for the Shamrock Run - and the bright green striped leg warmers which is covered by my long pants.