I’m baaaaack! Okay, so maybe I wasn’t absent from Blogland for that long, but it’s certainly felt like it. I was starting to feel guilty for not posting anything since last Thursday. I shouldn’t feel guilty because I was really busy with the office, the kids, the husband, my broken-down Volvo, and other aspects of my non-blog life, but still. It was getting to the point where my running talk started spilling over into practically every conversation with my husband, kids, mom, and random strangers (i.e., people who don’t necessarily want to hear about my running ad nauseum), so I knew it was time to get back to the iPad and start writing.
And then I had even more impetus to write a new post:
I’ve finally selected and registered for my spring 2015 marathon!
My friend Aimee texted me midway through my work day yesterday to alert me–OMG OMG–that the Eugene Marathon was returning to the spring and that registration had opened and [pause for deep breath and sip of water] that it’s going to be held on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day! Surely this portends good luck for the race… like a PR?
I love this race. The course is relatively flat and produces a lot of PRs and has a high rate to the storied University of Oregon track and field program, several Olympic track and field trials, legend Steve Prefontaine, and some pretty delicious beer. And have I mentioned that the race finishes on the Hayward Field track?
I ran the half twice (in 2012 and 2013) and set PRs both times, and I’m hoping for another PR next May; this time in the full marathon. I want to qualify again for Boston, and this time I want my BQ to have more of a cushion than my current time, which simply wasn’t fast enough to earn me a spot at the 2015 Boston Marathon.
I registered for the Eugene Marathon within about 10 minutes of receiving Aimee’s texts and reserved hotel rooms about 5 minutes after that. Eugene is a small city and the hotels fill quickly, so Aimee and I knew we had to reserve now to avoid later disappointment. (I learned this the hard way in 2012, when my friend M and I failed to reserve a room until about one month before the race, and ended up staying in a malodorous Super 8 in a nearby town that could have stood in for one of the locations in the film “Deliverance.”)
I’m all set to meet with my coach, Kris, next week. We’re going to start preparing my training plan for Eugene, which I cannot wait to start! For now, though, I’m running wisely and conservatively, logging only 3 runs and about 14 miles per week. I need to build my mileage slowly to prevent myself from waking up that old hip flexor injury, but I also would like to be running around 20-25 miles per week by the time I start marathon training in late December.
In keeping with running wisely, I’ve also started attending a high-intensity interval exercise class at my gym. So far I’ve gone twice in 2 weeks, and it’s tough (particularly on my weak arms, shoulders, and core), but I need to cross-train. I believe that my failure to cross-train that past 2 years has my tendency to become injury-prone. My plan is to attend the interval class twice weekly until I start running 5+ days per week in late December or early January.
I’ve also started regularly performing the Myrtl routine to strengthen my hips, the instability of which are the source of many of my hip flexor and IT band issues. I heard about Myrtl, my new girlfriend, through my buddy and massage therapist, Heidi. Heidi learned about Myrtl from her friend and trainer, Ruth Perkins, an amazing local runner who wins marathons left and right and recently qualified for the Olympic Trials. If it’s good enough for an Olympic Trials Qualifier and a health professional, it’s gotta’ be good!
I do feel like performing the Myrtl is making my glutes stronger, which makes me confident about my chances of staying injury-free through the coming training cycle.
Can you tell I’m excited about this race? My enthusiasm appears to be contagious, as Aimee registered even before I did, and since yesterday afternoon at least 2 other friends have registered, and 2 more are considering. It sounds like there’s going to be a big party in Eugene next May…
If you’re interested in running the Eugene Marathon like me and other runners who like running fast, flat courses and drinking beer, act quickly! They are running an early bird discount code through Saturday (October 18, 2014) which takes $10 off the already low early registration prices of $85 (full) and $65 (half). See more on their website.
Are you excited about any upcoming races or races on the horizon? Have you ever run the Eugene Marathon or its half? What are some of your go-to exercises to prevent injury?