Race Preview: Easter Egg Stash Dash Half Marathon and 5K – 3/19/2016 (Eugene, Ore.)

Join me at the Easter Egg Stash Dash half marathon and 5K, occurring in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, March 19, 2016! Presented by Pink Buffalo Racing.

Join me at the Easter Egg Stash Dash half marathon and 5K, occurring in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, March 19, 2016! Presented by Pink Buffalo Racing.

Have you wanted to run or walk on, and truly experience, Pre’s Trail? Well, you can experience it very nicely at the Easter Egg Stash Dash Half Marathon and 5K, which takes place on Saturday, March 19 in Eugene, Oregon! This is a family friendly event — please bring the family, there is a distance for all to run or walk! (Or volunteer if you don’t wish to race!).

Choose from the half marathon, or the 5K distance. The half marathon, with a 4 hour time limit, will feature 3 beautiful loops of Pre’s Trail. Half marathoners will have a total of nine aid stations available to them on the course – five with restrooms (WOW! Impressive!). For the 5K distance, runners and walkers will be treated with two aid stations, one with a restroom. 9 a.m is the start time for the half marathon, and for those participating in the 5K, your start will begin at 9:15 a.m.  Continue reading

Review of SL3S Dual-Pocket Water Resistant Run Belt GIVEAWAY

Run Oregon sometimes receives products to review. In this post, Run Oregon’s Abby Meek provides some initial impressions on the SL3S Dual-Pocket Water Resistant Run Belt.

 

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You can tell from my professional photograph how slim this belt is, even with my keys and phone tucked inside, preventing me from looking like a Kangaroo.

I have been on a quest to find a place to put my phone, lip balm, and keys when I run. I’ve tried cramming them into my CamelBak, my water belt and arm band. But after stuffing those items full with my essentials, I’m left with uncomfortable (not to mention unsightly) bulk. Arm bands tend to slip and slide with enough sweat, making them useless and annoying—who has ever had to stop on the side of the trail to re-strap damp Velcro to their bicep?! My water belt makes me sound like Santa’s sleigh with my keys flopping up and down inside,  sometimes drawing smirks from other runners. The worst part?  It would ride up when I run and I was CONSTANTLY adjusting it back down over my hips. So much so, that I would often leave water at home just so I wouldn’t be bothered by all of the shifting. Of course, this meant I had to plan my route around stops for water or cut my runs short. I’m ashamed to admit I would do those things, but I did them. When I was offered the opportunity to try out the SL3S Dual Pocket Water Resistant Running Belt, I was excited but a little hesitant that it wouldn’t live up to its claims.

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A close-up of the inside of the SLS3 Dual Pocket Running Belt in real life.

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Race Preview: Hop Hop Half Marathon and 5K 3/26/2016 (Portland, Ore.)

Foot Traffic presents the Hop Hop Half Marathon and 5K, occurring on Saturday, March 26, 2016!

Foot Traffic presents the Hop Hop Half Marathon and 5K, occurring on Saturday, March 26, 2016!

I need my rabbit ears! Stat! Foot Traffic, an amazing group of running stores in Portland, presents the Hop Hop Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, March 26, 2016. This is “Portland’s Most Fun Half Marathon and 5K”, occurring on Easter weekend, with an awesome Easter theme. The after-race-party sure sounds pretty fun, too! The event start and finish line (and post-race party) will be located at Kliever Armory, which means a dry, warm, indoor location to celebrate!

The USATF certified, out-and-back half marathon course will take participants along the paved paths of Marine Drive, and feature amazing views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood (if it isn’t cloudy), and airplanes landing at the Portland International Airport. I love watching the planes land, so this is a unique, yet special, ‘extra’ for me. Five aid stations will be along the half marathon course, and feature water, Nuun electrolyte drink and Clif Shots gel, as well as restrooms. The half marathon is walker friendly, too. Here are the details about course time limits for the half marathon: “… participants maintain about a 16 min. mile. HOWEVER, the great thing about this course is that it allows for slower paces even if we open traffic back up (it’s on a bike path for the majority of the course!). This means we will be able to keep aid stations and the finish line open long enough for participants maintaining up to a 19 min. mile to finish!” Continue reading

Local race organizers unveil competitive Pacific NW Qualifiers Only Race Series

Bill Ramey (white shirt) and Dave Ross (black shirt) at the 2014 Joe Dudman 5.0k Birthday Run, which had a very competitive field.

It is exactly what it sounds like: races where you have to have a fast enough qualifying time to sign up. This isn’t a shift towards elitism from local race organizers Double Dog Dare U Events, rather it’s a series for those who want to run fast in a deeper “fast field” than you find at many events. Even as someone who is far from competitive, it’s easy to see the appeal of the Pacific NW Qualifiers Only Race Series.

Qualifying times are age graded and, in my opinion, competitive but not unreachable. In other words, I don’t have fast enough times to register for this series right now, but I think if I really put the effort in, it could be attainable. For example, for my current age group (35-39), the women’s qualifying time is 23:00 (a 7:25 pace). The men’s qualifying time for the same age group is 21:00 (6:46 pace). This year, I think I’ll just watch, because it should be an exciting race! There are three race distances: 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Continue reading

Race Preview: Rogue River Half Marathon and Alyssa Watson Memorial 5K Run – 2/20/2016 (Rogue River, Ore.)

Rogue River Half Marathon/Alyssa Watson Memorial 5K Run. Takes place Saturday, February 20, 2016 in Rogue River, Oregon.

Rogue River Half Marathon/Alyssa Watson Memorial 5K Run. Takes place Saturday, February 20, 2016 in Rogue River, Oregon.

Southern Oregon Runners presents the Rogue River Half Marathon and Alyssa Watson Memorial 5K run, which takes place on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in Rogue River, Oregon at Fleming Park. The race benefits Hidden Valley High School’s Cross Country Program.

The half marathon, with a 3-hour time limit, will be an out and back course on the Rogue River Greenway bike path, with a continuation onto N. River Road. All half marathon finishers will receive a finisher medal.

Prize purse available! For the top male and female finisher of the half marathon, they will receive $100. For the top Masters finishers, the prize purse if $50. Ribbons will be awarded for the top three finishers in each age group, for both the half marathon and the 5K.

Please leave all headphones, bicycles, baby joggers, dogs, roller skates and skateboards at home for this race.

Entry fees are discounted $5 for Southern Oregon Runners for each distance. Rogue River Run event shirts are available for $10 if registering by 2/10/2016. Race day registration is also available.

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Distance: Half Marathon and 5K
Start Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: $35 for non-members, $30 for member for Half Marathon; $17 for non-members, $12 for members for 5K. Both until 2/17. Race day registration available for additional cost.
Register: Click here to register

Dress Like a Man: Men’s Underwear 2.0

Run_Oregon_LogoBack in November 2014, I decided to do some venturing into a testy (pun!) subject – mens underwear. In my first post on male undergarments, I said this:

As men, I feel we are often times subjected to poor quality and uncomfortable clothes/undergarments because we (typically) dislike shopping and are just fine with whatever is cheapest or whatever our significant other buys for us. This may not be as true in the running community, where we realize that it is difficult to run enjoyable and successful races in gear that is uncomfortable.

About a year ago, I made a decision to forego my cotton underwear and move towards drawers that were made better, lasted longer, were more comfortable, and designed for more of an active lifestyle. Much like running socks (which I scoffed at pre-running, but now can’t do without), well made underwear is something that is worth the extra money to me.

You can click above to see my first post, which included some background on 6 different companies – each with unique styles, cuts, fits, and colors. But there are still more companies to delve into, and this post will seek to highlight those! Continue reading

Race Recap: 2016 Race for Warmth 5k (Vancouver)

– Photo courtesy of Instagrammer alaina_tiu

It’s not too often that I trek over the border to run in Vancouver. Residing in Salem, I generally keep my events in a nice 40 mile radius or so. Now I know that Vancouver is just a stone’s throw from Oregon, but it’s just not often I find myself registering myself for races up there. Sure, I have competed in the Vancouver USA Half Marathon a few times, but that’s pretty much (sadly) been the extent of it. So, to be honest, when I registered for the 2016 Race for Warmth 5k/10k, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Continue reading