Here we go, marathon #9!

I’m sitting here next to a tall glass of water, in my running shorts and tank, having completed my last shake out run before the Eugene Marathon tomorrow.

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4 months of training came and went just like that, didn’t it? Hilarious that my last post was about registering for Eugene, and now this post is the Pre Race one. But here we go!

I want to recap my training a little, because this cycle was different than years prior and here’s why:

1. The Running Streak lives! I completed my 495th day of running-in-a-row, today. I am beyond grateful for this gift. I so appreciate that I can lift both legs off the ground every day to hit the trails/pavement/treadmill: injury free, happy, healthy, mobile. This streak is more meaningful to me than the miles. My body lets me play outside every day. I really am lucky.

2. Quality > Quantity. Now you’d think the above bullet point would mean it’s all about the quantity, but that it is not, my friends. Weez and I toned down the mileage and just listened to our legs. This cycle followed the usual build up to 2 20-milers thing, but the week day runs were light and deliberate.

3. More Sleep. We rearranged our running routine (thanks to the HUGE benefit of both working at Intel) to meet over lunch, instead of waking up at 4:30AM like we did in 2014. This meant way more sleep, happier legs, and a much needed improvement to the relationship with work/life balance.

4. Mild winter. Sorry midwest friends, but the PNW had such a wonderfully mild winter/spring. It’s been in the mid 50s or warmer since February. It’s always more fun to run when weather is on your side.
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5. Weight. Be it as it is, I weigh more today than I did a year ago. Race weight is not a thing I tried to achieve this year, but the demon still rides my back. I fight the battle with myself all too often but try to keep reminding myself that I am healthy and that’s as good as race weight skinny.

As for realistic race day goals?

A. Sub 3:25
B. Sub 3:30
C. Enjoy Track Town USA and the massive, massive treat of sprinting down historic, legendary, iconic Hayward Field into the finish line. I almost want to bring my phone during the race, just for that moment.

You can track us (Weez is racing, too! He’s going for a big PR/anything sub 3:40) by clicking HERE or set up race day tracking HERE.

See you at the finish line, Marathon #9! Here we go!

PS. Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredibly strong women out there that are MOMS. Especially, to my mama :)

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 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.

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!