So, I will begin with one of the reasons we visited Oregon....to run the Helvetia Half Marathon in Hillsboro. I was really looking forward to running in the cool air, and was not disappointed. On the morning of the half marathon it was mid 50's and overcast, which as many of you know is my FAVORITE type of weather. Roger and I arrived early, and had plenty of time for a mile or so warm up. Before heading to the start line, I peeled off my arm warmers...can't believe I actually thought I might need them! Runners for the half and the 10K (the only other event), lined up together for a nice opening ceremony that included a helicopter fly over and pics. The gun fired and runners were on their way! I felt so happy during the first mile or two, and even at one point wanted to yell, "I'm running in Oregon!!!" That seems silly I know, but I've always wanted to visit there and I was finally doing it. :)
The course was amazingly beautiful! Most of it ran through country side, and greenery surrounded us at every turn. However, it was crazy hilly. Yes, I trained for hills, but not quite that many miles of them. There was a section of about a half mile of running on gravel. Tricky to run on, but not too bad. The run ended at the Hillsboro Stadium, which was pretty cool.
Post run treats included your choice of a hamburger or veggie burger. My pick...veggie burger. YUM! It was such a beautiful day that we lazed around on the stadium grass for quite awhile after eating.
I would definitley do this half marathon again. Next time though, I would train for more hills!