The Bowerman 5k! Although only the 7th annual race, it's steeped in tradition and legacy. This race draws elite level runners from all over the area. The 3.1 mile course loops around the expansive Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
The Race goes to support the Achon Uganda Children's Fund. An amazing charity created by Julius Achon. His story is truly amazing and what he is doing for his village and the children of Uganda is awesome to see. I linked their website if you care to read up and see about what this amazing team is up to in helping the people of Awake, Uganda. http://achonugandachildren.org/about-us/our-team/
The Bowerman 5k is named after Nike co-founder and legendary University of Oregon Track Coach Bill Bowerman. The race draws elite runners from across the country as well as local Bowerman Track Club elite's.
I heard about this race from a friend and signed up because I was familiar with the charity it supported. Not to mention that the race was practically in my backyard. The Nike World Headquarter's was a mile down the road from my house. I signed up for the race and proceeded to look up the times for the previous years winners. I quickly realized I would be out ran, but it wasn't gonna stop me from giving it my all. Just for prospective the winners from the previous year were running 5 min and 30 second miles. My fastest mile time was 6 minutes and 30 secs. A full minute faster!
I was lucky enough to finally get to meet a fellow blogger and running friend Karen. She is an awesome runner and although we've done some of the same races never got the chance to meet up. We met after packet pick up before the race. I met her and her friend Amanda.
We however made a few mistakes before the race began. The first was going to the bathroom 15 mins before the start. Now going to the bathroom is usually a good idea, but as most women know bathroom lines can get quite long. We and a bunch of other women hijacked the mens bathroom so that we could go before the race started. Amanda and I had finished and were waiting for Karen. This is when mistake number 2 happened. We decided to walk towards the start and Karen would catch up to us. Well, turns out neither of us really knew where the start was. We just followed a few other ladies. Turns out we ended up at the wrong entrance to head quarters. Which meant not the start line. We sprinted towards the start, which was across the headquarter grounds from where we were. In the meantime the race had started. As we were running toward the start line we had runners racing towards us. Not the way you wanna start a race for sure.
The race was timed with chips, so we knew our times would start when we ran across the start line, but it still mentally throws you off your game. Amanda and I made it to the start and then proceeded on the course.
We stuck together and ran the course that looped around the headquarters and the Nike Trail. Karen was faster than both of us so we met her at the finish line when we finished.
After the race I hangout with the team that my friend Karen and Amanda came with. The Concrete Runners group out of San Fransisco. We went back to the patio over looking Nike Lake where they were doing raffles, food and the announcement of the race winners.
All in all I had a great time at this race. I left with a new game plan and motivation. I was determined to work on my mile times, speed work and try to do more short races. As crazy as it sounds, it's much easier for me to run a half marathon than a 5k. Though the distance is shorter on a 5k (3.1 miles) than a half marathon (13.1 miles) generally the shorter races are faster. Runners will talk to you about 5k race pace times versus 10k or marathon race pace times. As a runner I do better on endurance or distance races than sprint or shorter races. But I'm determined to train for these shorter races and come back next year improving on my time.