On Saturday I ran the Starlight Run which is an annual 5k through downtown Portland. The run is part of the Rose Festival, and is the beginning of the Starlight Parade. I’ve lived here for almost 8 years and this was my first time experiencing any of the festivities–unless sitting in my car damning the traffic and closed roads during the race counts as participating. This was a super fun race, and included a crazy costume contest–I cannot believe some of the outfits people ran in. For example:
Someone dressed up as a box of Voodoo Donuts! For real! And I really saw them running in the box! Amazing. The run itself for me was pretty terrible. I have NOT been running regularly and it’s my own damn fault. But it’s slightly confusing, since I actually PR’d the first mile, but was so exhausted after that that I ended up walking a ton. I had no idea downtown Portland is so hilly! I do most of my running on the waterfront, which is fairly flat. And on top of that, it was an unusually muggy night. Excuses aside, I’m trying not to be too hard on myself, since I’m brand new to running, and I know I’ve been much more focused on my Bar Method practice. It was a good wake up call though, since I’m running a 10k in a few weeks. I’m going to try to mix up my Bar schedule a bit and add some runs. This post today over at Carrots N Cake really rang true to me, and made me feel better. Even runners who have been at it for awhile have their bad races and we all need to learn what our bodies can and cannot do. Granted I know my body is capable of more. But patience is important too!
After the race we went and got oysters at Jake’s and then found a good spot to watch the rest of the parade. There were a ton of High School marching bands, a fair share of zombies and vampires for some reason, and a bunch of floats with dogs. Everyone looked like they were having a great time, and it was a very Portlandy night, which I don’t mind one bit.
Question of the Day: What’s the craziest parade you’ve been to?