When I had looked at the elevation chart before the race, it looked like at mile 9 there was a huge 100ft climb which made me a bit nervous as I was approaching it, but it was a piece of cake, I had no problem with it at all. As I was running to mile 10 and 11, I started recognizing the area and it looked like we were coming back down towards the starting/finish line. I love that feeling of the run being almost over, I could almost see the finish line, all I needed to do is just keep going and then I saw my son and my husband!!!!!!
After crossing the finish line, I went straight to the medical tent and I asked if they could wrap an ice bag around my knee, which made it feel much, much better. They I got my medal and had in engraved with my name and time, the free beer line was way too long and since my hubby and baby were waiting for me, I decided to go straight to my car. They did have ton of goodies at the finish line like foil blankets, Gatorate, chocholate milk, Jamba Juice Smoothies, bagels, bananas, power bars, you name it, they had it.
I met my family just a few blocks away, thankfully I didn't have to walk too far and we drove home. I wish I could have taken a shower before leaving, but they had to check out of the hotel before they came to cheer me on. Oh well, the drive home felt much longer than when we were driving to Portland, but we made it and it felt good to take a shower and just relax on the couch and do nothing.
Overall I would recommend this run for people escpecially if you live locally. I'm not sure yet if I would do this race again or not, time will tell I guess, but I most certainly am glad I did it and I finished it and that my family was there to see me do it.
Now I need to get ready for my next race in Seattle at the end of June. I am officially 5 for 5 so far in my 13, 13.1 in 2013!!!! Only 8 more races to go ;)
Let me know below if you ran it or are interested in running Portland Rock'n'Roll and if you have had knee probablems like I had and what you did about it. My knee now feels much better, still some stiffness, but not much pain and its been three days since the race.