The Next Big Thing

It doesn’t take long post-race to get the itch back. That, “when’s the next race?”, bug. The next big thing. Fortunately for us, we live in Oregon, a state known for its plethora of gorgeous, competitive races.

Our next Big Thing criteria were:
1. Marathon. Weez and I are both excited to get after those longer, long runs (LRs) and chase after some serious distance again.

2. Local. We’re tying to save vacation days and benjamins for the next big travel thing, so we wanted to keep a race low cost and no days off work.

3. Sweet venue. Gotta be somewhere cool. New and different outside our usual trails and city limits.

4. Fast. I’m a sucker for a good, hard training cycle with tons of speed work and sweat-in-your-eyeball kinds of workouts. My PR is 3:20 (can we see teens?). We wanted a race we could really turn on the heat and crank out some fast miles.

5. Spring race. We’re ready to start training now.

It didn’t take 5 minutes on the internet before a clear winner came to view.

Enter, the Eugene Marathon.
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May 10, 2015.

The race literally ends on the home stretch of the historic, infamous Hayward Field. Home to the University of Oregon track program, Prefonaine Classic, and many USATF Championships and Olympic Trials. Legends have raced there. PRE raced there. I mean, no biggie or anything.

So here’s to a healthy, dedicated training cycle ahead!

18 weeks, baby!

Who wants to join us?!?
What’s on deck for you? 
Anyone run Eugene before? 

365 Days of Running (and counting!)

Last year, my 2014 New Year’s resolution was to run every day in the month of January. I made this goal because I didn’t want to let running fall backseat to the huge changes going on in my life at the time. I dedicated January to running daily and a habit formed. I found my “me” time again :)
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Next thing I knew, February came and went. And when spring came around, I figured well, I might as well keep going. photo (2)

Summer and fall trails filled our miles with joy and our shoes with dirt.
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Late fall and winter running meant back to headlamps and reflective gear, tights and waterproof jackets. But nothing – not one day’s worth of stress or bad weather or social plans – seemed to be a big enough reason to stop the streak.
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On December 31, 2014, Weez, Cabo, and I celebrated my 365th run of the year – a year’s full of happy, healthy legs – in the best way possible: a headlamp-lit, night run in Forest Park with friends.

And just like that, every single day in 2014 was graced with run.

We’ve made some pretty awesome memories because of the streak, too.

Like the time we ran all the way around the rim of an ancient volcano in the Galapagos and got to see the fog roll in and out.photo 1

Or the time were on a 3-day backpacking trip, but carried running shoes to keep the streak alive.  Bonus: running was a great way to warm up after crawling out of a cold tent.

One time, I fell asleep on the couch after a long day and Weez woke me at 11:45PM – just in time to lace up the shoes for a 2 mile loop around the neighborhood.

There’ve been miles on rocks and sand, beaches and mountains, trails and pavement.
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6 different states and 2 countries.
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But most of the running happened at 4:30AM, before work began and we had the sidewalks to ourselves. Headlamps lighting the way. Or at lunch break. Or even on our quick 1-mile “Cabo-loop” at home, between pages in the evening.

It’s been a huge blessing for so many reasons, and for that, I don’t see a reason to end the streak just because 2014 did :)

Cheers to a happy, healthy New Year! And many more miles to come!

New Year, New Look

I’m baaaaaaaack!

I’m a sucker for a good makeover and let’s face it, EfoRunner needed it. So what do ya think?

The header photo is from the one and only, Forest Park. If you know Portland, you know Forest Park.

The site design should be pretty mobile friendly for all you read-on-the-goers (like me).

Click on the tabs up top (Hey I’m Efo!, Race Reports, Contact) and you might find some updated info :)

Navigating around should be pretty easy, so have fun poking around.

I’ll see you again soon! Happy New Years!

2015. Woah.