Destination Race Preview: The All American Marathon and Mike to Mike Half Marathon

I was given the wonderful opportunity to participate in a very unique race called the Mike to Mike Half Marathon. In less than two weeks I will be packing my running shoes and race gear into a suitcase and traveling almost 2500 miles across the country to run 13.1 miles in the gorgeous state of North Carolina. You may ask, why? Well, let me tell you a little about this unique race.

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Race Recap: When a pre-teen runs an adult race (Bridge to Brews edition)

Two kiddos ready to run!

Two kiddos ready to run!

Terrapin’s “Bridge to Brews” race had been on my calendar for a while, and I was looking forward to it, so when suddenly I didn’t have Sunday morning childcare anymore, I signed up my two sons (11 and 9) to run with me. They weren’t exactly prepared, and the younger one really didn’t want to be there, but they were troopers and finished with a 15 minute/mile pace. Here are the 11-year-old’s thoughts about the morning.  Continue reading

Overnight Relay Season: Part One


Well, it’s that season again. The one I think of as “Relay Season.” Thousands of runners start (or have already started) training plans for Hood to Coast, Ragnar, Cascade Lakes or whichever adult slumber party with running thrown in they have chosen.

I’m by no means an expert on relays, but I am certainly a huge fan and well, probably a little obsessed. Thus I decided to write a short series of posts I hope some will find helpful. Mainly I will just talk about things like how to be a good team captain (believe me I learned from the best,) a little about training, what to pack and for the novice runners especially, what to expect on relay weekend.

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Discovery Run is this Thursday in Tualatin – Plus a promo code for Road Runner Sports

Discovery Run HeaderThe Discovery Run is a free group scavenger hunt run held the last Thursday of the month during the spring/summer months. It’s a lot like the First Thursday Urban Adventure Run that Fit Right puts on – but this one is in Tualatin.

And the host store, Road Runner sports, has a deal for you: Save 10% on anything in their store. No exclusions. (Had your eye on a Garmin?) If you’re one of their VIP participants (become one by buying the $19.99 Discovery Run t-shirt) you save 20%. Just mention “RunOregon” when you’re checking out to get the discount – any day, too – not just the day of the run!

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Race Preview: Havoc at the Hideout 5/18/2014 (North Plains, Oregon)

X-Dog Events, Havoc at the Hideout 5/18/2014

X-Dog Events, Havoc at the Hideout 5/18/2014

X-Dog Events is bringing such a cool event to the Hideout! If you are not familiar with the Hideout, it is a real gem. Hornings Hideout, as it is officially called, is a private piece (albeit very large!) of land located in North Plains, Oregon. At the Hideout you will find real peacocks roaming about, lakes and creeks, spectacular views and lots of old growth forest. Also, since Hornings Hideout is private land, you likely would have never traveled on this course or these trails ever before! I love new surroundings when I am racing! Continue reading