Shamrock Run Portland 5K Race Recap | OK Which Way


Shamrock Run Portland 5K Race Recap

Yesterday I ran my first 5k event of 2014: The Shamrock Run in Portland.

It is a big event with over 30,000 runners and walkers. As well as the 5k, there is also an 8k, 15k, and kid’s run.

I don’t have a constant running partner and sometimes I run solo. But this time I talked my hubby into running with me. This is as close to a date as we get. We’re not great running partners since I am much slower than him. But, he stayed back with me the entire run.


Race Start: Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Race Finish: Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Race Distance: 5k



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Picking up our bibs and shirts was an event in itself. This was no ordinary packet pick up. It was a Fitness Fair held at the Oregon Convention Center. I had my kids with me and they thought it was fabulous. There were many vendors handing out freebies and plenty of things to purchase.

I got in the women’s XL line to pick up my shirt. The guys handing out the shirts said they ran a little small. And right away when I received the shirt my first thought was no way was it going to fit. I admit I was kind of bummed. Not so much because I couldn’t fit into what they were calling an XL, but because that was their largest female size and if I didn’t get it I’d have to get the men’s unflattering shirt. Not a big deal. But, kind of a bummer. Before trading mine for a men’s shirt, though, I stepped off to the side and pulled the shirt on over the regular shirt I was wearing. It was definitely way tighter than anything I typically wear. I always wear the non-form fitting, unflattering shirts. My son right away said in such a sweet voice, “Mom, you look so skinny.” I have not heard my name in the same sentence as skinny in years. I kept the women’s XL shirt.

Shamrock Run Portland 5K Race Recap | OK Which Way



We waited in line for about an hour. At other races I’ve gotten extremely bored waiting. This time it actually went by fairly quickly. Announcers, music, and dancers kept us entertained while waiting for our start time of 9:20am.

Shamrock Run Portland 5K Race Recap | OK Which Way
Top Left: Photo bombed by a leprechaun

Top Right: Selfie of my bottom half while waiting to start the run.

Bottom: 5Kers waiting to start



I didn’t take many pics along the way because I ran most of it. I get a better time and feel better along the way if I run at a faster pace and walk a bit when I get tired than if I run a slightly slower pace and try to run the entire thing. This run was no different. I walked a little, but ran most. I ended up getting a personal record. Woo hoo!

I play such weird mind games with myself. As I was running and breathing hard, I felt tired and wondered how in the world am I ever going to meet my goal of finishing a half marathon. Then when it was over, I thought that wasn’t so bad.

Shamrock Run Portland 5K Race Recap | OK Which Way
Top Left: I was tired at the end. But, since I was able to smile for this pic just after crossing the finish line tells me I’m getting better at this running thing. There is no way I was smiling at the end of the first few 5k’s I ran.

Top Right: Stanford’s served salmon chowder to the runners/walkers. It was only a tiny cup, but was the perfect amount. It was really good, but I’m not sure I could have eaten much more than that after running. Beer was also served, but we skipped that. Not that I’m against alcohol, I just don’t like beer.

Middle Right: After running and eating the chowder we walked along the waterfront to old town.

Bottom Right: We lucked out with the weather. It was raining at our house when we left and I was afraid we’d have a wet run. But, it only drizzled on us a little.

Left Bottom: Portland has a great Saturday Market with many vendors and lots of food. It was lunch time and we were hungry. I had a Philly cheese steak with onions & peppers. That is not something I ever order. The only other time I’ve had a Philly cheese steak was in Philadelphia at a place called Chubby’s. But, that’s what sounded good and it was delicious.


Final Thoughts

I’d call the day a success.

There was very little rain. The whole event seemed well organized. I spent time with my hubby – kid free. We both finished the race. I beat my goal of 40:00 and ran a PR at 39:26. Back in August, I ran a 5k in 45:00 and was so happy. 7 months later, I ran it 5 minutes faster! I also felt better after this race than the one in August.

After such a good day, I need to  sign up for a bunch of summer 5k’s while I’m motivated.



What is your favorite 5K event?


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