More Eugene Trip...
Did a lot the last three days of Sept
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
There are lots a great places to run in Eugene. Friday I ran along the river near the Pre Trail. On Saturday morning at 8am I met up with The Hackers. It is a group race director Ken put together. Not sure where the name came from because they all seem to be very talented runners.
Talking with Ken and Trisha Saturday morning. Trisha recently joined the Ujena Fit Club and told me she would be running the Ten on Sunday. Her goal was to break 70 and she offered to help me get under that mark too. She quickly found out that I do like to surge from time to time. "We are at 6:20 she yelled out." Then we hit a short little hill at 2.5 miles she pulled ahead. But I kept her in sight the rest of the way which helped. Trisha finished 14 seconds ahead of me in 69:05. At a couple of points I thought I could catch her but she just kept going...good job Trisha!
We were off on our 5k easy training run. At some points we were running 6:45 pace and we had to slow it down. There is so much energy in the air it is hard to not speed up. However, most of us were running The Ten Miler the next day and I know I didn't want to over do it. It might have been more than what I should have done but I still hit my goal the next day. Plus I just really enjoyed getting to know the Hackers.
Trisha and I are all set to race the Ten in the morning and Ken is ready to make sure everything goes smooth for his race.
Trisha is a massage therapist. Just before leaving I told her my back and hamstrings were tight. She showed me a couple of good exercise.
Then we headed over to Hayward field. On Friday we couldn't get on the track because the team was working out but we would able to get in on Saturday for a few minutes.
The track felt so fast. This was the same track where Mo and Gallen qualified for the Olympics. It was exciting to run a lap.
In front of the steeplechase pit. Later we would meet Bridget Franek who made the Olympic team and made it to the finals in Olympics for the Women's Steeplechase. She works at the Eugene Running Company.
After getting what we wanted, we headed over to the Eugene Running Company. Joe Henderson's running group run from there several days a week.
The Eugene Running Company has lots of things on display. When we were in Kauai, Gerry Lindgren had mentioned the early issue of Runner's World cover he was featured. And there it was. Very worn along with photos of Pre and his coach Bill Dellinger.
How could we not go over to the Nike store near by. Barry, Michael and I picked up a Pre shirt. All that we had left to do was rent a bicycle for Mike so he could get footage of the Ten. Then I picked up my number at the hotel and got off my feet. After writing all of this, I now know why my legs were not totally fresh. But there was not a thing I would have changed. Loved it all and I ran 69:19 the next day. Photos by Catherine Cross
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