Official timed runs Official race distances, bib/registration required for 5$- free if you are a member of Oregon Track Club. No awards or ceremonies. Free drinks at the end. Race- or just have fun running with others.
Foggy mornings A few days in the 40's - most still in the low 50's. Still no rain for weeks and weeks...but I am actually looking forward to just a bit of rain. But only just a bit.
Gaiters These things are RAD. I hate getting rocks stuck in my shoes, so gaiters are the way to go on trails. You can buy them off the internet for about 20$ (These are fancier with hooks to secure the bottom to your shoes), or make your own. Easy and cheap. Here's how (in case you couldn't guess by the photo):
Just cut the arms off of a cuffed knit shirt, (like I did with my Eugene Turkey Trot 4-miler prize)...and pull them on cuffs first to cover your shoes. (Can you believe this sweatshirt had a big orange turkey on the front of it?)
Be warned that they CAN get hot, so choose your fabric accordingly-- Or just wear them as leg warmers :)
Lower heart rates & other improvements. What can I say? I like the green light to travel faster. My longest run in September was 13.14 miles. I had not planned that as a half marathon, but realized when I finished. It took me 1:47 and some change to run -all within an easy aerobic heart rate zone. A few years ago I ran my first half marathon RACE in 1:57 and change. That just boggles me.
Also- I took an easy week last week (due to some little muscle/tendon issues) and stayed away from speed. Today I ran a 5x1200M workout that surprised me with how little effort I felt for the pace. I love days like that- where I feel I could do more, faster, but stop while I am ahead.
Food: I might also be loving crepes with apple pie filling for breakfast- way too often.
Running trails!! This week I had the luxurious opportunity to hit the bark paths in Eugene/Springfield TWICE. Right now they are wonderful...not soggy, just softer than gravel. In a month or so, there will be plenty of mush there for mud-seekers.
|A cozy stretch on Pre's trail|