You may (or may not) be thinking…just what is Susan doing all this running for? Despite the fact that I really, truly just love to run, I don’t necessarily put myself through 17 mile long runs and workouts that almost make me puke just for the fun of it. (Although seriously, I’ve never really reached the puke factor before, why is it getting to me now?? Anyway.) I’ve been around the marathon circuit for a few years (er…8.5 years!), and I’ve knocked a bunch of bucket list races off my list. I took 2014 off from marathons due to a return of my back issues in late 2013, so I knew that I’d want to tackle the marathon again in spring 2015. But which one??
Post-half Ironman last year, it took awhile to rebuild my running endurance, and time moved quickly! I ruled out any marathons in March or earlier, aiming instead for April or May. Sometimes I spend more time that I’d like to admit on Marathon Guide, and it didn’t take me long to realize that the Eugene Marathon was in May this year. The past few years have found the race in April and July (neither of which fit my schedule for the respective years), so I was excited to see the date was set for May! Eugene has been on my list for awhile now, but it is on the other side of the country, so planning is certainly involved – not a quick weekend trip, although I suppose it could be if you needed it to be.
My brother lives in Portland, Oregon, which is conveniently close (enough) to Eugene, and gives me yet another reason to head to the other coast. Additionally, in discussions with my mom, we’ve turned it into a family trip! My parents haven’t seen me run a marathon in years, so it makes for a great reason for us all (minus my sister) to get together. Hooray! That’s also Mother’s Day weekend and my brother’s birthday is on Friday – so many things!
I’ve only ever heard good things about Eugene – from the history of Prefontaine running there to a fast course (hilly enough to keep it interesting but not drain you, I’ve heard). Not to mention I’m looking forward to challenging myself to the marathon again and hopefully pushing myself to a PR. The last time I set a PR was fall 2011 at the Twin Cities Marathon – I definitely need to get myself in gear. I’m excited and nervous – which is about where I should be.
and to get ready for it…
I wanted to race a half marathon leading up to the marathon because not only does it let me gauge my fitness, but it also lets me experience racing. I don’t really race much which I generally blame on working two weekends per month – sometimes it’s tough to work in races or I have other plans. Plus, I’m not so keen on paying money to run in Central Park, so there’s that. Anyway.
I had high hopes of getting into the NYC Half (lolololol, I KNOW), but of course my name didn’t get pulled, so I was out of luck for that. I don’t have my eyes on half marathons quite like I do marathons, so I don’t have a list of races I’d like to check off. However, with some incentive (more on that later), I checked on the Rock n Roll website for their list of races – and they happen to have a race in Dallas in March! As you may recall, Eric’s mom lives just outside Dallas, making this decision a bit easier. Although after experience my race weekend anxiety, his family may not be so excited to have me around, ha. (Just kidding, I think. Although I do have a track record of puking post-half marathon…hm.) But on that note, I recently registered to run the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon.
Highlights include a red participant shirt (hooray!) and Deena Kastor apparently pacing the half. I don’t know what pace she’ll be pacing, but if it’s somewhere around me, that would be awesome. The course looks like it has some hills to it, so that’s a bit worrisome, but we’ll see. It’ll be a good test of fitness, if nothing else.
And now you’re all up to date! We’re about nine and a half weeks out from Eugene, so that’s cool. Not time to freak out yet, right?
Anyone else running Eugene or Dallas? Let me know! Or tell me your spring race plans…might be a race to add to the list!