Friday, February 19, 2016

Cottage Grove Half Marathon: Promises to be fast!

It's been a few years since I've ran a paved half marathon.

You can call me lazy if you want to.
I'm pretty satisfied with my PR in that distance, and haven't felt the need to do what it would take to improve it, (abandon my family completely and move to a running commune).

Despite my laziness, The Cottage Grove Half Marathon is on my radar for my first race of 2016.

There is just a little bit of climbing along the route; but, overall, it drops 200 ft and should be a PRIME smaller race for anyone looking for a fast downhill half PR (anyone but me!). And, with Eugene Marathon around the corner, it would be a fantastic tune-up race!

A couple of girlfriends and I have been able to get to the course to do some preview runs. We shared smiles, sweat and laughs-- as well as views like this!

Maybe running slowly will make the sights even more enjoyable?

I can't think of a better place to run a paved race...


I'm not as prepped as I would like to be for this race (which is only 2 weeks away!), and am running much lower weekly volume and shorter long runs than in past half marathon training. But, I have had some very good tempo runs, and a nice 16 miler.   

A PR is probably an unrealistic goal for me this time around, (unless my feet sprout wheels), but I still want to see what I have in me for the day.  


Now… would you cross your fingers for sunny weather on March 5th?
I'd like to see the ambulance coming before it picks me up at the finish line!

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great tune-up race - the beauty of nature with the ease (it's all relative!) of a paved race.

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    1. Thanks Tina! I know what you mean about ease.. Compared with some trails :)

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  2. The course area looks lovely! You have some nice long runs in this training cycle and it promises to be fast, I bet you are going to knock out a great time. I hope the weather is good to you :)

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  3. I hope so, but even if it isn't my day, it'll be a fun day with friends!

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  4. Happy HM Raina, now that you have learned to dream, make it higher

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    1. Thank you Severo! I'll see what my body can do on race day. I'm not typically one to settle! I have a cold this week and I'm hoping my training will be enough to get me to the start in decent shape. :) i'm trying not to eat too many goodies while not running a lot of miles!

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  5. Fingers crossed for perfect weather for you! Love the pictures, looks gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Beth! If we have weather like during our training run it will be an incredible race day !!

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  6. Have fun with it. It looks beautiful and you should enjoy yourself. All my best for a good day Raina.

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    1. Thanks so much, Greg!! Sending you healing wishes!

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  7. You got this! You're gonna crush it 👊🏻. A 16-mile long run for a half is fierce! I'm also so excited for you to run the Eugene marathon!! Gonna live vicariously through your speedy legs :).

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    1. oh! I must have been confusing. I meant that it will be a great race as a tune up for Eugene, for people in the area. I am going to be at Eugene Marathon to support a few friends, but am not planning to race that day! Maybe I should rethink those plans though :)

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  8. Hope you get a beautiful day, sounds like a fun race

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    1. It should be fun either way, Robin! Beautiful weather always helps though! Fingers crossed ♥

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  9. Always love your blog posts Raina! You've put in some great training! Have a great race!!

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    1. Thank you Dawn! I always appreciate your encouraging comments and support.❤️

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  10. Fingers and toes crossed for ideal weather Raina. Being a net downhill course, I reckon you should go for the PB - you're in good shape and you don't get many opportunities like this.

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    1. I'll try, but it's going to be tough on lower MPW, and higher weight!

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  11. looks beautiful! I will send some Arizona sunshine your way since we are already over 90!

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    1. It worked! We didn't have sun, but we also had a rain-free race window :D Thanks so much!

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