It started out as a rainy Saturday, but by the time I arrived at the Les Schwab Amphitheater with my “also-not-a-runner” friend, the sun was peeking through the clouds. I really had no idea where this 5k was going to take me, since I had not even glanced at a route map (maybe that was a good thing). Nearly 200 runners, walkers, strollers and teens lined up at the start, and at 10 a.m., we were on our way.
As I headed out, I realized my running skill-level was actually at about the middle of the pack. Gaining confidence that I might actually do well in this thing, I pushed on. The route meanders through The Old Mill District and follows the sparkling Deschutes River for much of the time, which was a beautiful way to distract me from noticing there was a monster hill coming in mile two. OK, so maybe a “monster hill” to me is a mere bump in the road for actual runners, but it was enough for me to be thankful I’d only committed to the 5k.
As things leveled out and we passed Deschutes Brewery, I realized it was all downhill from there and pressed on, actually passing a few people! The route is a full loop, and I dashed across the finish line back at the amphitheater 28:50 after I began. I didn’t win any awards or set any new course records, but I landed at fourth in my division and set a new personal 5k record (results here)! Maybe I need to rethink my whole not-a-runner status, after all!