To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-Steve Prefontaine
Make it simple, but significant.
- Don Draper

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Run #29 - Such an Oregonian

After how awesome my first ever eight mile run was on Sunday, I was curious how the next run would go. Would I still feel great? Would my body be sore or tired after hitting this new distance? I had been feeling totally fine, but it seems sometimes when I feel fine and then start to run I just bomb. What would happen??

Knowing that it was Pre's birthday, and I think to think he pays attention when I talk to him, I set out determined to have a great run in his honor. And I DID! My legs felt amazing. Never any pain. No awkwardness. I even threw in a few small hills to help get ready for March's crazy ass 15K that I signed up for. And with all of those hills and trying to not be a speed demon, I finished 4.5 miles in 47 minutes!

Why did I feel like such an Oregonian? Well, there was the whole Prefontaine being an Oregonian thing. I was wearing my Pre necklace (as if I EVER take it off? Ha!), a long sleeve shirt from a race last year, and a skirt. I've always said that it seems like such an Oregon thing to go out in shorts and a sweatshirt. I felt like this was my running equivalent of shorts and a sweatshirt. And then there's the Goonies! Not only the BEST movie ever made, but it was made in Oregon! At one point when my body was distracted by visions of birthday cake for Pre I was pleasantly surprised. Cyndi Lauper's  "The Goonies R Good Enough" came on. I love that song! I hear it now and remember how it came on just as I was hitting a hill in a 5K race last year. I tackled that hill and passed a ton of other runners, finishing out to get a PR that would last until the end of October! Plus it just reminds me of the Goonies and it is my favorite movie. Sean Astin and I even had a moment a couple years ago. Yep, it's true. It was a long gaze of eye contact. A Goonie was looking at ME!! (I have pictures of it all, too. YAY!)

So it was a great run! When I got home I had a little party to celebrate... and it was tasty!
My hand looks ginormous!
Some half training stats as of now:
  • 104.5 miles
  • 29 runs
  • 1 run in to week 9
  • 58.2 miles for 2011


  1. Great job on your "Oregonian" run! So true about shorts and sweatshirt. :) I don't think I've ever heard that song, I'll have to check it out.

  2. Ewwww The Goonies!! Happy bday to Pre!

  3. Nice run. You are going to rock your half!

  4. Baaaaaaaby Ruuuuuuuuuuth.

    I love that movie, man.

    Congrats on an awesome run!

  5. Dude - soo jealous - you get to meet all the cool people!

    congrats on the awesome run

  6. I LOVE the Goonies. We own it and I'm totally making the kids watch it with me tonight :)

    Congrats on the awesome run!

    (And do people think sweatshirts and shorts are weird? Its all the rage up here in Wisconsin!)

  7. I love the Goonies! I remember one of our family vacations was to Astoria - where the Goonies lived! Congrats on the run!

  8. Heyy youuuu guyyyyyyssss! Love the Goonies! :) Nice job on the run!

  9. Glad you had a great run after a long one! It's always nerve wrecking wondering how you'll feel on the next run.


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