Seeing World Records in TrackTown USA

The road to London and the Olympics this year for Track and Field came through Eugene, also known as TrackTown USA. Featuring top-notch athletes from across the country, a huge fan festival, live music and more, the Olympic Trials ran from June 21-July 1, 2012.

I attended the events on Saturday, June 23 at historic Hayward Field to cheer on the decathletes and sprinters. With seats right in from of the finish line, it proved to be one exciting day of races.

The climax of the day’s events by far was watching Ashton Eaton cross the finish line of the 1,500m in seconds under is personal record to set a new world record for the decathlon, take gold at the meet and move on as a member of Team USA to the Olympics!

Check out all the events, results and photos from the trials in Eugene at TrackTown USA

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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?

Spring is Here! Well not really…

Happy second day of spring from Eugene, Oregon! This morning I woke up to four inches of snow…and to think it is almost April. With streets closed and slush pending, my roommate and I ventured out in the afternoon to build these two lovely snow-people. The hair on the second one is from the beautiful Cherry Blossom tree that snapped in front of our apartment. Poor flowers!

Snow men in Eugene, Oregon

Tapas at Red Agave

For a small meal that is oh so fine…oh so fine, take a seat at Red Agave in Eugene, Oregon for their tapas. Ranging from $6 – $14 these small meals tingle the taste buds and satisfy your gourmet food fix for the month without killing the pocket book. Swing in right as they open to grab a table or go late in the evening to enjoy with their specialty drinks.

Ahi Ceviche

Wild Weather Hike on the Ridgeline Trail

Last weekend even though the weather couldn’t make up its mind, my roommate Sarah and I headed out to the Ridgeline Trail System just 10 minutes south of downtown for a quick urban hike. Taking the trail for a 4-mile out & back, we started at the Spring Blvd Trail head and hiked to the Fox Hollow Trail head and back. Along the way we encountered snow, hail, rain and even a little sunshine. Here are some of my best iPhone photos from the afternoon excursion. Continue reading