I think I have actually said it before in my blog. The 10K is the vein of my existence. I always feel clunky and horrible on the distance.
The opportunity popped up to run the Run Like Hell 10K. I have ran this 10K before, before the course changed and came out of it wet, cold but determined. I was curious about how the new course played out.
And it is literally the story of two races.
The first I would say three miles of the course is rough. It feels like you are in constant climb mode. I struggled with the first three miles as I had not been racing since SF. I just was not ready for that kind of climb. I was actually on the rougher end of my personal worst for mile times.
I have never been the biggest fan of any of the events Terrapin has done, but this course was very well supported. There was water and electrolytes ever mile and a half or so which was placed perfectly. They also worked hand and hand with Tri-Met to keep the mass transit interruptions down to a minimum.
It was an out and back course which means the constant climb up was rewarded with a great down climb.
I was down mentally after the first three miles but found someone who was at a pace that I felt like I could hold for awhile so I reset my goal and decided to pace with him. And I found that as long as I didnt push myself to go faster I was actually picking up speed every mile.
It defiantly felt like two races for me. The first half was not fun, but the second half felt like my rebound.
The post race is excellent. You get your medal and have a chance to pick up your clothes and a free loaf of bread and grilled cheese bites (thank you Franz that was excellent) and head to the beer garden to enjoy your two free beers and the music. Everything flowed so beautifully and nothing was congested.
Despite the rough start I really enjoyed the race. Its a good challenging course with having some easy stretches, you can challenge your pace but its also challenging to find that pace. Its really well supported and has everything you need.
I might be coming back to Terrapin next year.
Disclosure: I am proud to help Race to Remember with their social media outreach efforts. In trade they offer me free race entries for my time. All opinions shared in this piece are my own.
Memorial Day is the kick off to summer. For some it means BBQ’s, vacations and the start of the warm weather season. But for others Memorial Day is a chance to remember the sacrifice of our military heroes.
Race to Remember is seeking to give people a chance to honor these brave men and women with our miles as they present their Memorial Day Run. They will offer a community one mile event, a 5K, a 10k and a half-marathon event that will take to the waterfront of the Columbia River. Personally this is one of my favorite places to run locally. The half course takes you through some of the most scenic parts of Vancouver. The 5K and 10K take you to the Columbia River waterfront.
I have ran races by the team at Race to Remember. They work hard for a family friendly, all ages and abilities friendly race.
These races will benefit Race to Remember which works in the community for projects that remember the sacrifice that our veterans have made. I have had the pleasure of working with them on welcoming the Honor Flights home and I truly love what they do.
The races also benefit PureKraze a military non profit based in Vancouver WA. who’s mission is to build homes for homeless veterans in our community. Veterans face many challenges after serving our country and fighting for OUR FREEDOM a safe place to live should not be one of the things they have to worry about. PureKraze is paving the way for providing homes for our veterans not just in our community but our nation.
Below are some statics on Homeless Veterans.
Homeless U.S. veterans (2012)
Estimated homeless veterans: 131,000
Estimated homeless women veterans: 13,100
Estimated post-9/11 veterans: 7,400
Estimated number of women post-9/11 veterans: 740
12 percent of homeless veterans younger than 34 are women
Jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans: 11.3 percent
Sources: Department of Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Labor Statistics
From their website:
Our “Race to Remember” Memorial Day Run is a timed event, which is open to the public on Memorial Day (Monday 5.29.17). We want to honor all military fallen heroes, which is why the start/finish is at the Memorial Wall on Phil Arnold Way on the corner of Columbia Way in Vancouver, Washington. The Half marathon, 10K and 5K Route is an out and back course on the Columbia River trail. The first Half Mile is our Honor Mile, where we will line the pathway with the American Flags and pictures of military fallen heroes. The Honor Mile is a community walk and meant for us to slow down as a community and remember the sacrifice of our military heroes. After the run enjoy Vendors & Meet Vancouver Veterans.
This is George your heavenly canine reporter encouraging all of my four footed earthly friends to get their owners to board the “The Rescue Train”. I was rescued after my first two years of living chained to a wall wondering if the big guy next to me might regard me as his lunch.
The “Rescue Train” will be arriving at the Portland International Raceway on Sunday October 11th bringing a fun filled morning of running or walking for you and your entire family. The Race for the Rescues offers a Kids race, 5K, 10K and a special 1 mile Dog Walk. You can also get your morning exercise in and run with your owners in the 5 and 10K. A beautiful finishers medal will be awarded to all those who complete the kids and 10K distances and a specially designed Tech race shirt will be given to all adult participants.
Some of your favorite vendors will be there which means lots of treats, water bowls and special attention. You will need to be on your best behavior even around those pesky cats that may be looking for a home as well as some of your brothers and sisters in fur who are currently up for adoption.
Food carts, a beer garden and special quests including the Timbers Street Team with some special prizes, and live music by Bridgeless and Summer will be on hand for your family. The entire event and festivities will be hosted by Claire Coffee, star of NBC’s Grimm.
This is the second annual event and 100% of the profits will benefit local rescue groups including “Lovers
Not Fighters” Pit Bull Rescue, “Must Love Dogs NW”, “Pacific Pug Rescue” and “Project POOCH”. High paws to all of you and others to that help to find us loving homes.
Going to grandmas or have other plans for that day, don’t feel like you lost your last bone, you and your
owner can help out the cause by registering for the virtual “Couch Potato” race. Entrants will receive
their shirt by mail shortly after the race.
On August 22nd, at Green Lake Park the Seattle Marathon will host the party of the summer; the Seattle Marathon hosts the Seattle Marathon 10K and kids run takes over historic Gas Works Park. And the Seattle Humane Socitey charity athletes will be there.
The course gives you great scenic views of Seattle and allows you to enjoy some of the best of Seattle historical buildings, and of course the waterfront as you are making the turn at the Ship Canal Bridge.
This is a dog friendly event (as long as they are on leash.
One of the biggest draws about doing a race in Seattle in the middle of the summer; the weather. The average high is 75 degrees and Gas Works can be quite breezy.
They also offer akids fun run for any kid which is a great way to bring the entire family together.
I have not had the chance to run this race; so this year will be my first year to do it; (as a Seattle Marathon Ambassador to boot) and I am excited. This is also a Seattle Humane Society Charity Athlete headline event. Make sure you look for their table there and check out what they are doing (as it is amazing.)
Until race day, the 10K only costs 45.00 and gives you your choice of color of short sleeve tech shirt. (Really your own color choice is awesome. I know zero races that do this). For readers of this blog, there is a discount code available. Use the contact me button at the top of the page and I will send it to you ASAP.
Girls Run Fast has some of the cutest stuff on the planet. I am planning on a new necklace to celebrate my 6th marathon.
But it looks like I will be getting a second one.
Girls Run Fast will be presenting their first event in the Phoenix area November 22nd. For those who are not in the Phoenix area there will be a virtual option.
Girls Run Fast is one of the companies that have believed in all I have been trying to accomplish. Even when I am one of the slower runners. I can not wait to see what they have in store for this event.