Race Preview: 2015 Fools Relay (or as our blogging core playfully calls it – Matt’s Relay…)

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We don’t think you’re a fool to run this brand new Newport race. The name is merely because it is the weekend before April Fool’s Day. Fools Relay is a 6 hour relay for 2, 4, or 6 participants.  Or, if you’re feeling a bit like a running fool, you can also run this one solo!

This is not your usual relay with crowded vans and exchanges.  In fact, there will be no fighting traffic on this event. There is only one exchange (the start/finish area) and team mates will all be here cheering you on as you run your loop. The course will consist of 2 loops between 2.5 and 4 miles each. While the course is still being finalized, there is the promise of great views and challenging trails. Depending on the weather, this may include lots of mud. So break out your trail running gear, gather a team – unless you’re going solo, and get registered! Continue reading

Guest recap: 2015 Run Your Tutu Off 5k (Feb. 21, 2015)

This recap was submitted by Run Oregon reader Julie Mullins. Julie also has a personal blog here. Feel free to Submit a Guest Post in the “Contact Us” tab if you want to get involved.

Stacy, Erika, Lucy and Julie

Saturday February 21st I had the opportunity to run “Run Your Tutu off 5k” for the first time. A couple of friends joined me along with Lucy the Boston.This event is a fundraiser hosted by Fitness By Emily to raise funds to provide beds, pillows, sheets, and blanket for children in the community through Benton Furniture Share.The course is deigned for beginning-advanced runners and walkers. Men, women, children and doggies! The 5k was held at Chrystal Lake Park in Corvallis OR. Continue reading

Race Preview: Wings For Life 5k/10k/Half Marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

With so many race entry fees ballooning out of our budgets, it’s nice to find a race that’s not only inexpensive, but supporting a very worthy cause. All proceeds from the Wings for Life Run will be going directly to the Leukemia and Lymphodema Society, which according to the LLS website, “is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: “Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.”

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The 7 Habits of Highly Obsessive Runners

Runners.  Some people say the word with disdain and turn their nose up at the thought. Others say it with a bit of respect and a lot of confusion. (Why would someone run if they don’t have to?) The rest of us accept the word as who we are.  Some of us are more obsessive than others, but we all have obsessive tendencies. Don’t believe me? Read on and decide for yourself.  Are you a Highly Obsessive Runner?

1) Highly Obsessive Runners are borderline hoarders.

(Some of) Jason W’s collection of Asics

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Race Preview: The Pear Blossom Run, Medford OR

One of Southern Oregon’s most famous events is gearing up for its 39th annual run. On Saturday April 11, 2015 The Pear Blossom Run is at it again. With a classic 10 mile course along with a great 5k, 2-mile, and 1-mile Mayor’s Cup run there is something for everyone. With over 4,600 registered runners from 14 states last year this is sure to be a can’t miss event. Make sure to stick around after for the Pear Blossom Parade through downtown as well.

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From the Heart: Greg Mitchell

“Luck doesn’t get you to the Olympic games.  You can’t wish your way onto the podium. You can’t buy it or hope for it. It’s not enough to dream about it. Luck didn’t get me to London. I swam there.”  ~Ryan Lochte

Not your typical birthday celebration- Greg Mitchell turns 40.

I don’t sandbag, but I do often underestimate my abilities or maybe a combination of underestimating my abilities and making excuses. I’m really good at coming up with reasons for a lackluster performance, an excuse to make it an easy run or why I should keep a race in my comfort zone. “I had a brick workout yesterday and my legs are really heavy. I wasn’t organized enough to pack lunch or snacks, so I didn’t fuel enough. I stayed up too late watching The Daily Show, so I didn’t get enough sleep.” My list is endless and I’m somewhat gifted in the excuses department, however, I’m always striving to improve and love finding role models. Greg Mitchell is a perfect example of a guy I could take a lesson from, actually I could learn a whole lot from this guy and not just because he’s a six-time Master’s National Champion. He’s gifted in a way I can’t relate to with running, but looking at his heart, determination and ability to see how deep he can dig, I can definitely take notes. Continue reading

Race Preview: Inaugural Dirty Leprechaun 5k (Tualatin)

If you’ve missed the My Muddy Valentine 5k mud and obstacle race on February 14th, or if you’ve participated and loved it, Terrapin Events is giving you another chance at the course in the inaugural Dirty Leprechaun 5k on Saturday, March 14th. The best thing about mud runs this time of year is that there is no reason to cart in water to make obstacles extra muddy, the winter rains will take care of that!  Continue reading