This month I have run over 100 miles, and I still have a couple more days to log a few more. Why so many? Well I like to run. It has also been part preparation for the Eugene Half Marathon.
After kicking the idea around for the pretty the whole of March, I registered for the Eugene Half Marathon last Friday. In one month on April 29th I plan to run 13.1 miles around Eugene with a ton of other runners.
For me, a Half Marathon is going to be a whole new experience and echelon of running. Sure I think I've got some ideas of what its going to be like, but the truth of the matter is, I've never run that kind of distance for an official time or with more than a handful of teammates on a country road when I was high school. Sure I know what its like to race a 5k (3.1 miles) but not race or really run for 13.1 miles. This will also be by far the largest running event I've taken part of as well which will add a whole to the feel of the whole run.
My goal is not to simply finish, I know I can finish the race. My goal is to finish in less than 2 hours.
So I've been meaning to write a couple posts. But I've been too unmotivated to do so. I wanted to post a photo go with at least one of them but its been at least a month that I've been wanting to do that and I may still take the photo.
Fancy New Watch
Imagine a cool photo of a Nike Sportwatch GPS here...
I picked a new watch in February. It knows how far I run, it knows how fast I run, it knows my heart rate, it tells time and tells me to run if I don't run for 5 or so days. I've been running a lot more since I picked it up. I was surprised to find I was running so much more since I picked it up. Then I struck me, I love the extra data it logs and seeing the little route maps, seeing my heart rate changes on various parts of the course and how it relates to pace/hills/conditions, and better lap/distance tracking. I can also train smarter, by working in target heart rate zones. It can also pretty much run an interval workout for you.
Race Day was Saturday the 10th
Ran a 5k at Alton Baker Park the "Run for the Shamrock" (proceeds go to Sheldon High School). I placed 22nd overall. I got a 2nd place ribbon for my age division (30-34). My friend Andrew took first in his age division (20-24 I think) and he got a hat. After the race I ordered my self a new pair of shoes at Eugene Running Company then I proceeded to get some drinks at my favorite bar. It was a pretty good Saturday.
So that is one race of 2012 down of at least 2 more to go, likely a few more than that...