Eugene Half Marathon - Not A Race Report

On the train ride down

I ran the Eugene Half Marathon. Check.

Why so lackluster??? Well here's the honest truth. 'Track Town' isn't this mystical magical place for me. I feel like I grew up there. I raced many times as a child on Hayward Field. I went to track camp at the University of Oregon and ran on Pre's trail before I really knew or cared who Pre was. So to run a marathon or a half marathon there is not something really new or unique. It's just another race.

Granted, 'new' and 'unique' and 'magical' are NOT why I chose Eugene as the half to run. My reasons were much more straightforward and boring 1) it's a relatively fast course (or can be), 2) it's in the PNW and fairly easy to get to, 3) the timing of the race fit my schedule and 4) it's a good excuse to visit friends (don't worry Lime and Sweats, not in that order I swear). So sure, sign me up. Okay, yeah, and the last two years got me pretty jazzed to run here. Call it fear of missing out or something. Although I suppose I was one or two years behind so I already missed out... Ooops.
All that said, the lackluster bit continues into my race and any race report I was planning on writing up. So rather than draw it all out with details that bore me to tears here's the gist - in general I found this race to be a struggle. Mentally and physically. This isn't a surprise seeing as I've been riding the struggle bus for well over a week and bringing all that baggage into the race... well, can we say 'inevitable'?

I was looking at this race as a confidence booster. To put in a solid effort which would equate to a solid time (no, I wasn't looking to PR) and thus win me confidence points. I hate to be the one bursting my own bubble but it doesn't really work that way. Times don't always equal confidence. Sure, fast times do a whole sh**load to help but it's the every day work that builds confidence. It's the faith in yourself and in your goal that builds confidence. I guess it just took this weekend for me to realize these things.

There are definitely other factors that made this race, in particular, harder. A long travel day prior to the race, an insufficient warmup, eating too close to the start and an illness waiting in the wings (yeah this could be the big winner here since I landed on the couch for days with the stomach flu the night after the race). All of these things, minus the stomach flu, are lessons learned. In the end that is not lackluster. 

I'm pretty stoked to carry what I learned into my training/racing in the future and I'm pretty jazzed by the feedback that I got from coach after I gave him the full rundown of my race (I guess I spilled it all over email rather than laying it out here - sorry you missed out). So I come out of this weekend flushed from the inside (that's gross) and rejuvenated to start doing the work.

A HUGE thank you needs to go out to a few people. Emily - for hosting all weekend and for letting me sweat out my sickness on your couch and your bathroom (TMI). I think I owe you toilet paper. Sarah - for all the positive vibes. Brian - kudos for being Sherpa of the year. KMet - for our talk while cheering. Sheri - for driving down from Portland to pick me up and letting me crash on your couch. That was above and beyond Aunt duty. Mom - for doing the same from Seattle to Portland and for knowing exactly what I needed when I was sick. Gabe - for being the last leg of the 'Meghan shuttle bus' from Seattle back to Bellingham and for letting me just be miserable the last few days. And Coach - for keeping things in perspective and for the virtual pat on the back.

I think it's back to the Banana costume for this girl.


Huge Eug - The Part Where I Run

I've traveled to Eugene two years in a row for marathon weekend to cheer all the cheers. Both years were pretty epic - read about it here and here. This year I'm going to run (the half). Who am I?! What will the Eugene Marathon be without the Banana?! Okay, that's a tad self centered.

I don't have any big expectations for this race other than to put in a good effort and race on a course that I've been wanting to run for awhile now. Sorry to disappoint if you were looking for a juicy race strategy post. Really it can be summed up in one line - to run comfortably quick for the first 10 miles and then try and race the last 3.1. We'll see what unfolds on Sunday.

All in all the weekend should be pretty great. There will be running, cheering, beering, chip salad'ing, and maybe even a bit of IAAF World Junior Championship spectating. I'll get to stay with this girl and catch up with this girl (like this weekend could be complete without them??). I think the only thing missing is the banana costume... RIP Banana.


Winthrop Half Marathon Race Report 2014

Diablo Lake

I'm going to be in Chelan for the weekend, Chelan is an hour-ish south of Winthrop, Winthrop's half marathon is that weekend, I won last year, let's do it again. Ah yes, you have to love a good scheming thought process two weeks out from a race. Steff and I headed to Chelan this past weekend for a mini girl's weekend. She likes to run halfs (this was #39 by the way - crazy town right?!) and I liked winning last year so... let's throw that in the mix of relaxing, wine tasting, and eating shall we?


You're Not A Marathoner

Well crap... What the heck have I been doing these past 5, 6 years?!

Okay, okay, I'm leaving out a bit of context, but just so you know that original statement was a bit shocking to hear. The context was (and I'm paraphrasing to an extent) "you're not a marathoner... you're a middle distance runner and would find greater success in shorter distances.... you have to figure out what you want to do." Seriously all good things but way to throw me for a loop Carolyn! 

I heard that statement a week after Boston and I've been sitting on it ever since. Letting it percolate. 
"I'm not a marathoner"... but what if I still have marathon goals?
"I'm not a marathoner"... ... ...
"I'm not a marathoner"... so what races should I be running?
"I'm not a marathoner"... do I scrap my tentative plans and start running on the track?

I'll admit these haven't been deep thoughts but it did give me time to pause and assess what I really want to be doing with my running. And warning - I haven't figured that sh** out yet.