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• eugene women’s half preview fun, i mean run

Super Moms Sara, Jessicca and Heather
  • Perfect temp of 62 degrees, cool breeze
  • Empty (runnable) streets of downtown Eugene
  • Chatty group of running women
  • Lots of friends and people I’ve been wanting to run with
  • Super friendly directors
  • Big o’ batch of mimosas waiting for us at the finish

Now that’s the way to start a morning!  The Eugene Women’s Half Preview Run was super fun for all the reasons above…and more. I’m not sure what I’m addicted to; the running itself or the energy of getting out there with a group of dedicated running women (oh, and that one guy I saw). It’s a club, a gang, and a secret society all rolled into one. I was never in a club, a gang or a secret anything (well, except when I was in the Air Force and we can’t talk about that or, you know, the whole I’d have to kill you thing.) Anyway, I love that ‘group’ feeling. That energy that starts you off and keeps you going to the finish. I love it that we’re all a mess at the end – crazy hair, red-salty-faced and stinky. I love it that we all push ourselves and push each other to get better, dammit.

I especially love talking to runner mommas. We do the quick check-in about how many kids we have and their ages.  Moms with the youngest kids get a reverent head-nod and an”oooh, wow”. We know how much tougher it is for them to get out the door to run it out. Met one with a 3 and 18 month old today. You’re the winner of the day, Andrea!

The Eugene Women's Half Race Directors (and little Charlie)

I was aiming for a slowish run  as I had already done a 6 mile tempo on Thursday. But how can you not speed up with so much  estrogen in the air? Ended up doing just over my 1/2 marathon pace goal. Sweet! It wasn’t timed and there were no awards, just fun.

Race day looks like it’s going to be a great course with a mix of downtown Eugene and  river path, starting and finishing at the 5th Street Public Market. Nicole Teter and Andy Downin, the race directors, must be doing a great job getting the news out for the September 5th race cuz it’s 70% full. (Max is 2,500 runners). Hey, there is still time to register, so why not? We’ll teach you the secret society handshake.

Oh, and the mimosas? Taaaasty!

One thought on “• eugene women’s half preview fun, i mean run

  1. OH, how I wish I could have been there for this! Sounds SO fun. Great that you felt so good about your run, too! Looking forward to meeting you in less than a month – this race just sounds so fantastic. Yippee!

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