Countdown to St. George; the Last Run of Summer

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Love this view – River sunrise

Last Saturday, I finished the longest training run I need to complete before running the St. George marathon. The run was 20 miles.  I completed this run solo, due to scheduling conflicts with my running buddy friends.  I was nervous, running late (as I had a cousin’s baby shower to get to at 1pm, and I knew I would be running for about 4 hours…), and when I got less than half a mile down the road, I remembered that I had a raw spot on the back of my left heel from a poor fitting pair of flats the previous day.  I was pretty sure that was a bad start, and did not bode well for the next 19.5 miles.  Fortunately, my favorite local coffeehouse had a first-aid kit with the perfect little round band-aids.  I was saved!

I finished the run in three hours, 40 minutes (and some-odd seconds).  With an overall pace of about 11 min/mile, I am now confident I can run the St George Marathon two weeks from today.

This morning, I was fortunate to be able to run with three friends, and the mileage was much less (only 12… I can’t believe I am saying only!).  The weather report was full of warnings: possible thunderstorms, hail, excessive amounts of rain, but when I woke this morning the skies were cloudy yet non-threatening.  

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Fountain at sunrise.

The water on the river was notably calm and smooth.  I could not stop admiring it’s remarkable mirror-like quality.

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Looking back toward the city from the Sellwood Bridge.
Steele Bridge
The Steele Bridge
Big Pink
The City
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The Hawthorne Bridge – watching the storm roll slowly over the city.

I was lucky this morning; 20 minutes post-run, the sky darkened and the hills blurred seconds before hail began pelting my windowsill.  I narrowly avoided the storm, and will be forever grateful that I have not yet experienced hail while running.  With the change of seasons, and the reliably unpredictable weather in Portland, I’m sure I will be initiated to hail sooner than later.  🙂

Wishing you all glorious and joyful running!
~Alaina

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