This marathon is one your family should never miss. The half marathon
was voted in the top 25 by Runners World magazine.
This event is not only kid friendly but you can even bring the
family dog. Booking your reservations at the Westin is not only
recommended but it is also where the expo is held. You are downtown,
near the famous Pike Place Market, and tons of shopping. The Westin
not only welcomes dogs but it offers the pooch his own bed.
there is the Kids Run/Walk on Saturday before the marathon. This
year there were 3,000 children completing the last 1.2 miles of
thought of walking a marathon at the end of November in Seattle
conjures up visions of hours of sloshing through the wet and cold.
This was so far from the truth! The weather couldnt have
cooperated more. Not only was it dry but it was clear and pleasant.
The course has a few hairy hills but that is what makes marathons
interesting. After finishing we were welcomed into the Recovery
area with wonderful smells of Ivars clam chowder as well
as the tables of fruit, Crispy Cream donuts, and more. This Thanksgiving
weekend marathon is to never be missed if youre looking
for a great family vacation.
more information on next years event visit; www.seattlemarathon.org
Turkey Trot, OR
There are Turkey Trots held in just about every city. Portland
holds its annual event at the zoo. At last count there were 1,433
participants for this 4-mile run/walk. Again the weather was unseasonable
and warm and dry. There is a killer hill but all that is forgotten
as you cruise the last mile through the zoo. Participants were given
a chocolate turkey offered by Ja Civa Bakery and every 25th finisher
received a pumpkin pie donated by Portland Running & Walking
Company. So pick a Turkey Trot in your area and make it a family
more information on next years event visit; www.orrc.net.
of Trees Half Marathon, ID
Being from the Boise area, having family there, and having participated
in the inaugural City of Trees two years ago, I went to Boise
this weekend, planning to cheer, and possibly volunteer for the
City of Trees Marathon/Half-marathon. At the expo I was checking
things out when I noticed the finishers shirts. Even though
I hadnt done any training in a few months, I REALLY liked
the half-marathon finishers shirt. I grabbed a brochure
to find out what the registration fee was. I was ready to walk
away, when Jeff (one of the race directors) walked up from behind
and offered to waive the late fee. That sent me over the edge
and I threw down my money.
I got back to my dads house, I started realizing all the
little things that I didnt have with me, specifically Gus,
gels, etc. I returned to the expo. While there, I also realized
that I didnt have any double layer socks and had to pick
up a couple pairs of those too. Luckily I did have my shoes, running
pants and a couple of Coolmax shirts.
to lack of recent training, my plan was to take it easy and not
push myself. I wanted to be conservative, and try to finish comfortably.
Well, that plan didnt work so well! I started out at a brisk
pace, partially because of the temperature (somewhere in the low
30s, with heavy fog, and very high humidity). I realized I was
pulling 15-minute miles, and against my better judgment, decided
to see how long I could keep that pace up. Around mile four I
started to tire a bit, and realized that although I had been drinking,
I hadnt eaten anything (since my morning oatmeal) so I ate
part of a Clif bar, part of a PowerBar, and a Vanilla Gu. As those
hit my system, I noticed my pace starting to feel more comfortable,
even though my quads had been talking to me for a bit. Around
mile 7, my hamstrings were starting to talk to me, so I decided
it was time to eat a little more. I made the push up the only
real hill on the course, and realized that I was still in the
ballpark of 15-minute miles, but I was hurting. I started trying
to add in run breaks here and there, trying to let
my walking muscles rest a little. I also took an electrolyte
capsule and finished off my Clif bar. At mile 9, it was another
Vanilla Gu, and about a mile later half of a banana and another
electrolyte capsule. At mile 11, my right calf started cramping
really bad, so I took one more electrolyte capsule and an Aleve.
I was still averaging 15-minute miles and decided to push on.
By some stroke of something (stupidity? insanity?) I managed to
finish in 3:17:24 (15:03 miles), my third fastest half-marathon,
out of seven!
a wonderful post-race spread! Yep, Im sore! But I like my
shirt! Maybe this will be my incentive to get back
more information on next years event visit; www.cityoftreesmarathon.com.
I got down to the World Trade Center, to encounter a big crowd
of shivering people decked in really crazy holiday gear. Many
people wore Santa hats, or weird variants on Santa hats, or reindeer
antlers, or had some other holiday schtick. Many dogs were there,
decked in fairy lights or antlers or adorable sweaters. Im
a bah-humbug kinda girl, so I was not expecting to enjoy this
aspect of the race, but I did.
had emailed the organizer to be sure that someone as slow as me
would still have a finish line to cross, and he assured me that
it would be so, so I had signed on for the 10k. I started at the
back, and after about three or four blocks it was clear that I
was going to be the last finisher. Ive never been in a situation
like this: In every other event, there are always people to beat
or pace myself against. And not only was I last, but I was significantly
behind the next person.
thought, momentarily, about dropping out. Then I thought, who
cares, really? Someone has to be last in every race, so why not
me this time? I think of myself as a slow walker, and while Id
like to be racewalking at a 12 something minute/mile, Im
not there yet. Ive always thought that racing is really
a competition against myself and now its time to
really walk that talk.
had a lot of support. Runners, going in the opposite direction,
cheered me on, as did volunteers and motorists and random strangers.
I felt great, and had an ear-to-ear grin for most of the distance.
I knew it, I was crossing the finish line. I raised my arms triumphantly
and shouted, Im the last one! I finished in 1:30:14, which
is a 14:30 pace. Damn! May I just say, damn?
I finished last, and I totally enjoyed it, and I PRed. Who knew?
more information on next years event visit; www.pmevents.com
With an Olympian, OR
technique training with two-time Olympian Philip Dunn (far
This free seminar held in the middle of the week at noon brought
out racewalkers from all parts of Portland. Fifteen participants
came to hear Philip Dunn speak, teach, and of course get their
photo taken with this two-time Olympian. Even though Philip can
walk faster than most people can run his method of teaching is
unassuming. He makes you feel at ease no matter what your level
of fitness. In the two hours he took out of his busy schedule
we covered stretching, technique, and training tips. This was
just a precursor for the 10th Annual NW Regional Racewalk Retreat
presented by ERO-Fit & Associates, LLC held May 20-22. For
more information logon to www.erofit.com.
of the Falls, OR
I had a terrific time at the Fury of the Falls and also enjoyed
the beautiful scenery along the way....it was awesome!
more important, I want to thank the organizers for the thoughtfulness
in including and caring for their walkers in the event (we, too,
are athletes). I have been in many events where walkers are tagged
as an afterthought and not truly included as part of the core
of the event. I loved the idea of beginning an hour prior to the
runners and not feeling like I was in their way along the course.
The volunteers placed along the trail to prevent wrong turns was
also appreciated. I even enjoyed being one of the first ones in
line for my pancakes. Usually the walkers are coming in after
the runners and there isn't any food left. I was even in one race
last fall (1/2 marathon) where the race organizers were taking
down the finish line as we approached!! We aren't exactly slow-poke
walkers, either, so you can imagine our disappointment. Anyway,
you again for a terrific event....I loved the pancakes, the toasty
fire at the picnic shelter, and the whole ambience (rain and all).
I look forward to participating in one of your events in the near