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Eugene Half-Marathon

Early last January, I decided to kick off my multi-sport season with a half-marathon. At first I was thinking I’d run a marathon, but then I thought, “Do I really want to spend the cold months of January, February, and March doing 2-3 hour runs?” I wisely decided I would enjoy the snowboard season and opted for the shorter, faster option of the half. Thus, last weekend Francis and I met his siblings in Portland and drove the scenic two-hours to the cute little town of Eugene. This town is hooked on running and as many people may know, the track stadium proudly honors the infamous Olympian Steve Prefontaine.

The race began on Sunday, May 1st, at 7 a.m. It was a beautiful day with sunny skies and temps in the mid-forties. I may be from Colorado, but I was one of the only runners wearing cropped pants and long sleeves- everyone else was decked out in singlets and shorts! I started the race towards the front of the 9,000 crowd of runners and comfortably settled in to a sub-seven minute per mile pace (one cool thing about running races- they allow headphones so I was rockin’ out). I felt pretty decent until roughly mile 9 when a large hill sent my legs into “lead-mode.” Luckily, I was able to recover and push through, finishing the 13.1 miles in 1:32 (7:06 per mile average). Overall, it was a phenomenal day. That being said, I can’t wait to race my bike!

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