Portland Marathon 2010

October 10, 2010 by USA Post 

Portland Marathon 2010, Last but not least, there will be a group rate of 5 hours. The first half will be punctuated by Garrett Smith and Mike Ryan, the second semester will be punctuated by a pair of Wine Country Runners: Paula and Vicki. Mike replied to our interview, and he has even been on a team RunOregon Hood to Coast!

RunOregon: Why are you running as a pacemaker? What do you like about it?

Ryan: This is my fifth year of stimulation. Adventure, community service, great stories, lots of laughter and entertainment. Long slow distance is my friend.

RunOregon: What’s your advice for people running rhythm with your group?

Ryan: 5:00 pace is entry level for many people. Be realistic about your goals based on your training. Get a good night’s sleep and let the fun begin.

RunOregon: How many marathons have you encountered and what is your PR?

Ryan: The 3 of my marathons has been here in Portland. The first 52 years was my best 3:44. The next 2 years I’ve trained hard, but finished more slowly. Go figure. Then I discovered the joy of stimulation.

RunOregon: What was your first marathon? What did you like about it, and what was the hardest thing about it?

Ryan: I became an achiever my first marathon. My longest race training was 16 miles at about 8 min. Actually I averaged 8:01 for the first 16 miles of the marathon. After that I slowed down considerably. However 3:44 is not too bad. I want to tell the age of my cars time base was closer to 3:20. The ice cream bars at the finish have never tasted so good before or since.

RunOregon: What is your favorite treat after the race?

Ryan after the race favorite treat: ice cream and raisins together.

RunOregon: Which part of Portland Marathon course is your favorite?

Ryan: I really like the fervor starting line. Also any area where it is comforting and music.

RunOregon: Which race you’ve done you’re most proud of?

Ryan: I completed a 50K on Mt Hood Pacific Crest Trail at 56. It was pretty special.

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