4 Days and counting for Eugene Marathon

I’ve been slacking on the posts lately. I have been a little distracted doing a major remodel of our motorhome and just haven’t had the time to write anything. I’m also tapering so there just hasn’t been a whole lot to say at this point.

It’s now 4 days until Eugene and the nerves are starting to kick in. I had some major back and forth regarding my pacing strategy and setting my goal time until I spoke with someone on Monday.  Before the meeting I had two time goals, 3:45 and 3:30. Big difference in strategies for those and knew I needed to commit to one. I came away from the meeting with a goal of finishing in 3:30. Looking at some of my training runs and past performances, he thought that it was in the realm of possibility to hit it. I have no idea if i’ll be able to sustain an 8 min mile pace for 3:30, but at least I feel like i’m setting an ambitious goal and will leave it all out there come Sunday.

I also got some great news last week. I made it in to the Mckenzie River 50K run. Was very excited to get that news. There were almost 400 entries for 200 spots, so everyone had about a 50% chance of making it in. I’ll need to figure out training schedule for that. Between the amount of camping we are doing this summer and other runs, it may be hard to get some of the longer runs in. I’m approaching it with the frame of mind of just finishing it and having a good time, no real time goals in mind.

Hydration pack or no Hydration Pack for the Marathon?

This is another item that i’m having second thoughts on. I typically run with my Nathan Hydration pack for my longer runs. It’s comfortable and holds everything I need to be self supporting for a long run. I wore it during the Portland Marathon and enjoyed having the freedom to pass the really busy water stations and just drink whenever I was thirsty. The weight is the downside.

It’s a little too late in the game to be changing anything up, so I think i’m just going to fill it part way and go with it.

Yosemite in August

I woke up early April 15th and was able to reserve a camping spot in the Yosemite Valley for a week in August. They normally sell out in a matter of seconds, so I feel lucky to have reserved one. Summer trips to Yosemite as a kid is one of my favorite memories. Looking forward to being able to pass some of that along to our son, hopefully he will enjoy it as much as I did. Also looking forward to maybe getting in some great hill workouts while there 🙂