It’s finally here! Many many months of training filled with blood, sweat, tears, and a ton of carbs here’s my Portland Marathon Recap!
Here’s the full Portland Marathon Recap!
2020 was a year filled with cancelation after cancelation so I’ve been feening for an in-person marathon race. Sure there have been a lot of virtual races but virtual races just aren’t the same. There’s something magical about the crowds and aid stations along the marathon course.
Day before marathon, Saturday
We drove down to Portland from Olympia on Saturday so we could go to the Expo. I picked up my packet at the expo and attended the course review from my running coach, Paul.
The day before a race is crazy. There is so much to do, check into the hotel, find a great place to eat, and of course, check out the starting line!
We checked in to our hotel. This year we stayed at The Duniway. It’s a few blocks from the start and finish line. It was one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in. The hotel is super cute and so quiet!
After check-in, it was time to grab some food. We checked out Sizzle Pie which was highly recommended. We shared a small pie and enjoyed some garlic knots. So yummy!
After dinner, we checked out the start line! Every time I visit the start line of a marathon the day before I get butterflies in my tummy! At this point, I’m filled with nerves and excitement!
There were people working hard on last-minute touches of the start line and finish line of the marathon. We saw a lot of others checking out the start line too!
The race starts at 7:10 so I make sure to wake up at 5:00 am. This gives me enough time to wake up, get some caffeine in me, eat, and stretch.
I walked down to the start line at 6:45. The sun was just starting to rise, I wanted to get a photo, however, there were so many people and building it was impossible to get a good shot.
I stood in my starting pace staging area. One of my favorite things about this running group is how organized everything is (go figure). You line up by your pace. My strategy going into this race is starting off slow and gradually speeding up.
Portland Marathon Course
The course starts in the heart of Downtown Portland with that means a lot of turns. Since the beginning of any race means a lot of people so it’s a bit tricky to make those turns and stay on pace. The great news is this only lasts for about 2 miles and then there are some great straightaways.
If you aren’t aware of Portland there are a lot of bridges. For the full marathon, there are 5 bridge crossings which mean hills. Ugh. Sure hills aren’t fun but the views over the bridges are amazing!
The sun was out and it was absolutely perfect running weather! Not too windy, not too hot, it was just right!
Running a full marathon
Running a full marathon is full of all different emotions. You’re full of excitement, doubt, fear, happiness, and at times you really need to dig deep to keep yourself going. Everyone on the course goes through this and the best part of in-person races is the amount of strength you receive from others.
I had the most amazing time. I hit my wall at about mile 18. I didn’t want to go on anymore and at this point, it’s time to dig deep for motivation.
At this point, everything hurt, I was hungry and so so tired! I hit the last bridge with the iconic Portland, Oregon sign and I knew I could finish!
I finished was crowned with a heavy finishers medal, enjoyed a slice of pizza, and a donut (oh do I love carbs!)! I went back to the hotel, put my feet up for a bit, showered, and then we headed home.
It was an incredible race and I can’t wait to run it again!
I’m training for my next marathon now, I track my progress on TikTok if you’d like to follow along!