Hi, guys! I’m tardy for the party, but finally I’ve pulled it together enough to post pictures from my weekend as a way to contribute to Tara‘s Weekend Update Link-Up.
I know–I’m a slacker.
As you may know, last Friday my family and I drove down to Eugene, Oregon (Tracktown, USA) to participate in the Eugene Marathon festivities. None of us was actually running the marathon (well, not completely), but we all played our own small role in the weekend.
My son ran the kids’ Duck Dash, a 1K race that finishes on the legendary Hayward Field track. Consistent with his past races, he went out too fast and lost crashed somewhere in the middle. I’m working on pacing with him. 🙂
My husband and Aimee’s husband ran the 5K and even finished together!
My husband tried to hold Aimee’s husband’s hand for a photo op as they ran under the gate, but Aimee’s husband wasn’t having any of it.
I participated in the Eugene Marathon by going to the expo and embarrassing the hell out of my son.
I also participated by being a
stalker spectator along the course, starting with the start line:
After all the runners cleared out at the start, I met up with a Twitter friend, Carin. It was really cool meeting her in person, and I’m looking forward to running with her the next time I’m in Portland.
And then I hopped to Miles 9 and 15 with my coach Kris and her husband and daughter. It was so much fun cheering for everyone.
Look who I saw on the route!
Aimee ran the half with a friend and did really well for not thinking she could finish the half.
I also saw a lot of my Oiselle flockmates on the course and cheered like a complete dork/spaz every time I saw one. I know; I’m cool like that.
The best part of the weekend, though, was when I jumped onto the marathon course at Mile 18 to help pace my friend (and flockmate) Marilyn through the last 8 miles of the full marathon. She wasn’t having the race she had hoped for, but she rallied and was able to finish the race running. She is so tough!
And as you can tell, I probably enjoyed myself a little too much with the pacing. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this good at Mile 26:
Yeah, okay, okay–so I didn’t run all 26 miles before this point. Minor detail!
The weekend wasn’t all about running, though. There was a lot of beer
drinking tasting. My husband and I kicked off our stay in Eugene at Falling Sky Brewing, where I did a beer flight.
Yes, those were all mine. Hee hee.
We also tried the beer at Ninkasi:
We enjoyed our date at Ninkasi so much, we went back later that day with Aimee and her family.
We also had some great meals this past weekend, including to-die-for hand-pulled noodles at Frank’s Noodle House when we stopped in Portland on the way to Eugene:
…and a tasty chevre-burger at Little Big Burger (also in Portland) on our way home.
Thanks for reading my weekend update! Please check out the link-up’s host blog, Running ‘n’ Reading. And, if you’re a blogger, please consider linking up!
What was the most fun you had this past weekend? Have you ever paced someone in a race? Have you ever gone beer-tasting? Would you let your kids drink Kool-Aid?