After training my butt off (quite literally, actually as I am fitting 2 sizes smaller than the beginning of the year), I opted to run the Half Marathon at Oregon instead of the Full. This came for several reasons.
The first is that I am sensitive to heat, as you know if you have been reading. My coach even warned against the Full, pointing out that there is hardly any shade along the course. So I ran the half and I thought I would get a PR but I missed it by a few minutes. Still, it was hot and so I was glad that I had opted to run the Half.
Then, being all trained up and nowhere to run, I started looking for a Full Marathon where I could cash in on my long miles. I tried to get into Portland but they weer only taking fundraisers. Coach said I might be able to get the team to contribute, but in the end I did not run Portland. I was glad too as it ended up being in the 80s that morning. Hot!
There was talk about Victoria, and I wish that I had gone there because my coach actually ended up participating (and it is sort of a dream to be able to run or walk or even participate with him--Joe Henderson is a legend!) But the long and short of it is that I did not finish the year with another Full Marathon. And that was okay.
I did end up running two more Halfs. The Silver Falls Half, which had been on my bucket list for quite some time. And the Run To Stay Warm, where I PRed. So I started the year with a Half Marathon PR at McKenzie River Half (2:09:11) and I finished the year with a new PR at RTSW (2:07:45).
What's up for 2015? Well, I am all signed up for Eugene for the Full Marathon on May 10. I'll be running the McKenzie River Half again, I am almost sure. I'd like to get a few more official trail runs in AND I think I might do an overnight hike and try to cover some distance in the local Cascades. We will see. On thing is certain, though. I'll keep moving as long as I can.
|Here I am at the Silver Falls Half, excited to run under my first waterfall of the course!|