Running the Eugene Marathon Half

Last Sunday all of my hard training came together as I crossed the finish line at Hayward field for the Eugene Marathon half. After 13.1 miles I was exhilarated to have finished my first race in 02:27:48. My legs were a tad tired – my hips started hurting around mile 12 – but otherwise I felt good and I even finished a few minutes under my goal time. Surrounded by cheering crowds with cowbells, I couldn’t image a better way to finish my first half marathon then on the historic field in Eugene with my mom (this was her first half-marathon too) by my side!

My next goal is to run the Eugene Women’s Half Marathon on August 26, 2012 in under two hours.  Here’s to long summer evenings pounding the pavement!

Here are few photos from my race:

My Mom and I as we wait in the corral for the race to start.

Runners hit the street for the Eugene Marathon

Runners hit the street for the Eugene Marathon

Running the Eugene Marathon

Trudging on around mile 8

Almost to the finish line at Hayward Field

My mom & I with our half marathon medals after finishing!

Have you ever run a long distance race? What is your best tip for new runners?


5 thoughts on “Running the Eugene Marathon Half

  1. I feel like Eugene has to be one of the best places to run, everyone seems so supportive here. And running with someone else is always great. Major congrats!

  2. Congratulations on conquering the distance! The half marathon is my favorite, of all long distance races, and I remember my first one very fondly. I have yet to hit up Oregon in my 50-states quest and am juggling between Portland and Eugene. Let me know what the singular best reason to pick Eugene would be.

    And my top two tips for newcomers is: 1.) run properly. Make sure you are minimizing the impact to your feet and legs by landing with your forefoot and not your heel. It can take some time to make the adjustment and it may cause intense soreness in your calves, but that’s a good thing. 2.) Cross train once a week. This will definitely help in avoiding injuries. 20-30 minutes on a bike, doing stairs or swimming can work wonders!

    • Eugene is definitely the better choice. There is no where else in the country where you can finish a race on such a historic field. Image running around Bowerman’s curve before crossing the same finishing line that some of the best international and national runner have reached for. Epic!

  3. I stopped by Hayward at the end of the full marathon around 6 hours plus. The announcer at the finish line was still giving each runner a personal announcement and congrats. It was really great to see and experience.

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