The (Half) Boring Half Marathon

It’s been nearly 2 weeks since I did my first back to back half marathon weekend. On September 16, I ran the Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon, which was moved to Vancouver WA due to the fires in the Gorges of the Cascades. On September 17, I drove half an hour from Portland to Boring, OR (I can’t make the name up) for the Boring Half Marathon. I was up bright and early (530 AM ish). After changing and waking up some, I was off and taking some side roads to Boring. I got to the start around 6:20 and found some parking. The start was close to one of the local schools. Since I couldn’t make packet pick up, I got my (not so) Boring Half Marathon bib and Men’s XL shirt. Don’t judge, when you sign up late and have to pick a shirt, you go with it. The marathon was off at 6:30 AM, with the half marathon starting at 7 AM. We were followed by the (consistently Boring) 8K at 7:30 AM.

Pre race, they had some food set out, bagels, bananas and some small things, as well as some water and gatorade. I also looked things up a bit on their website before the race. Water and gatorade every 1.5-2.5 miles, depending on which distance you ran.

My legs were on the stiff and tired side from half number one of the weekend, but when you’re trying to get another state off your list, you deal with it and just go for it. There were some mild inclines, though not terrible. Only you feel it when your legs are on the tired side. I was doing ok and thought I could pull a 2:05 or so. Then things started to waiver. My wireless headphones decided to cut out (with a full charge) 5 miles in. Daggon sweat. Sometimes it’s nice to get into your own head, but when there are two runners running together and having conversations over their headphones, it gets old real quick. That coupled with some people cheering in high pitched voices at the top of their lungs, it gets old real fast. After going under some underpasses, crossing a side street and hitting 6.55 miles, we turned around to make our way back, while the marathoners kept going straight. The course itself was on a bike/running path that was paved and without traffic. There were a few points where we had to cross streets and look for traffic, but it wasn’t anything major. There was also section ¬†under construction which led us to go on the side of the road for about .1 miles each way. Once we got within eye shot of the finish, people were around and cheering. Ultimately, finished in 2:07:41, not awful for sore legs.

After grabbing a water and my metal, I went to find some food. They had a food truck there and I ended up getting a slider to hold me over until I got back to Portland. I also checked with the gear people and was able to get my Men’s XL shirt switched to a Women’s Small (score!). After driving back to the hotel and downing some chocolate milk (the joys of having a fridge in the room), I got a shower to warm up and went off to find some lunch.

Overall, a decent race. Small (147 finishers for the half) field of runners and not horrible with hills. If you’re local or in the area for something else, it’s worth doing for sure.

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