I bit the bullet.
I might regret it later, but...
On April 1st I entered the lottery for the McKenzie River Trail Run - #MRTR 50K. It is not a large race, but it's popular for the area, so race organizers have capped it in order for the atmosphere remain outstanding. If you have already finished it 5 times, you are given an automatic entry. For new readers here- I have yet to run past 26.2 miles/42k.
Of course I hope to get in, but I am also a bit nervous about it.
The race is in September. My mileage has been pretty low (I haven't had a week over 50 miles yet) since the PF "Comeback". This is partly due to some issues I have had in the right hip, which I am working on with stretching, prehab, and weight training.
If I get in, I will enlist some sort of training plan or coach. If not, I might stick with racing shorter distances for a bit while I continue to build my weekly volume.
On another note, I have been blessed with some OUTSTANDING trail running recently. It makes a huge difference to have a buddy to run the trails with. I am so grateful to have friends willing to drive a couple of hours to run the North Umpqua with me...in the pouring rain.
I've been trying to convince Emily to get down this way to run for what seems like decades. This day will be treasured for a long time!
We traveled the Marsters and Calf segments, going down river- about 7.4 miles.
Little waterfall - just a bit bigger than your shower.
I don't want to bomb you with too much photo overload, but it's hard not to when you have places like this to run and only blog once a week!
If this isn't enough pics, you can also flip through my album on G+ from the weekend before (with other friends), below...
Training is going well, now and I am looking forward to testing out my Altra Intuition 1.5's in a relay race next weekend. Our team of 5 men and women will traverse the Oregon coast range, running 3-5 mile segments from Roseburg to Coos Bay.
The goal is to maximize every second of friendship on the 67 Mile Run. No trophies necessary. Lots of food at the end :)
Since this is my first relay, I could use some tips!
- This is not an over-nighter
- 3 x 3-5 miles: 1 uphill, 1 downhill, 1 relatively flat
- Some paved, some gravel
Pacing strategies? Shoot them at me! So far none of mine involve going all-out for each leg! ha! (It's been advised not to). But I also don't want to let a van full of people down...
Do you have any tips for someone running her first relay event? Please share!