Medals Revealed for 2018 Eugene Half Marathon and 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half

2018 Eugene Half Marathon Medal

Yesterday, on #MedalMonday, Eugene Marathon hosted a Facebook live reveal of the Eugene Marathon weekend medals!

A terrible screenshot from their live video, but it still gives you a bit of a preview of the 2018 Eugene Marathon (half) Medal!

Sadly, it looks like a better quality photo will have to wait. However, just looking at it initially, I really love that it is the shape of Oregon, with the Eugene Marathon logo on it. The full marathon medal is similar, with a gold color. Both the half and full marathon have the course on the back.

2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Medal

The Rock ‘n’ Roll race series always loves to promote its medal designs, which change every year. I’m running Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle in June, which will be my second Rock n’ Roll race after Vancouver Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Luckily, while not my favorite design, the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon medal is looking pretty good!

Their medal designs are polarizing— I either love them or despise them. I loved the one I earned at Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver, but I despised the one Jason earned at Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle in 2014. It a design of a latte. I know someone who ran the 2014 race as their first full marathon, and was a little sad at the tiny cup of joe he received to celebrate the achievement.

I’m excited to earn this one and am already brainstorming an outfit for that race.

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Race Recap: 2017 HoHo 5K —Tigard, OR


Katie wore her penguin tights and I donned my holiday shirt and sparkle skirt for a fun holiday-themed run.
So many great races run through Cook Park and the HoHo 5K was another one.

Katie and I used the race as an excuse to catch up, and chatted our way through the course, not particularly worrying about our time or pace.

Unlike some holiday races, it was a small race with locals, but the post-race was awesome. They provided HoHos and Snowballs and never have ridiculous Hostess snack cakes ever tasted so good. I don’t think I ever had a snowball before though, and it was a bizarre food item. I’m still not sure what I think about it!

Ran With: Katie
Bizarre Holiday moment: Finding out that one of the raffle prizes is a fruitcake that you can return the following year for a free race entry. Some of them have circulated for nearly 10 years.

Race Recap: 2017 Run Like Hell 10K—Portland, OR

After spending all my energy on a major project at work and working overtime hours, the Run Like Hell 10K on October 22nd was the perfect stress-buster of a race.

I didn’t have as much time to think about costumes and I wasn’t excited at all about the costume theme (rock stars). Nevertheless, we pulled together an outfit of sorts. Kelly, Mom and I pulled out our bright blue sparkle skirts (the legacy of the Hop Hop Half Marathon), wore some beads and in a nod to the theme, I wore my Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver running shirt.

We even avoided most of the rain, although it started coming down after the race.

The race was almost all gentle uphill for the first half, which meant the second half was entirely downhill. It takes me about 2 miles to warm up, but once I did, I felt pretty good. After being stuck behind a desk, it felt good to run fast. I enjoyed seeing all the costumes and Halloween spirit and there was entertainment on the course.

Considering the first half was entirely uphill, I was pretty happy with my time.

I flew to the finish, where I got a medal, and free cider! The blood orange cider was delicious, but the real surprise was the pumpkin cider which was way more delicious than expected.

Post-race fun at the 2017 Run Like Hell!

 

 

Ran With: Kelly, Mom
Time: 1:17:00

 

Race Recap: 2017 Greenway Park Trail Trial 10K— Beaverton, OR

Fast finish on a hot and humid day!

In a first attempt to get a fast 10K time, I ran the Greenway Park 10K on September 4th, 2017. Luckily, the weather wasn’t too hot, but smoke from the Columbia Gorge wildfire soon lowered the air quality. I think the poor air quality is the reason I had a headache the rest of the day.

The race went off in waves, in a time trial format, to prevent overcrowding on the narrow pathways.

I ran part of the race with Kelly, before peeling off to see if I could run faster. Overall, I wasn’t disappointed with my time, and it was awesome to get free loaves of bread.

Free bread! Truly the best part of the race.

Ran with: Kelly
Time: 1:13:42

 

Race Recap: 2017 Freedomthon 5K—Beaverton, OR

Running a race on the 4th of July just seems right, part of celebrating Independence Day. I also got to wear my Phoenix Half Marathon tank top for the first time, although I’ve never wanted a star-spangled Wonder Woman-style running skirt so badly.

Joining us were Kate and Nick who did his first run with a stroller.

Kate and I took the run super easy, just catching up and chatting. Since I woke up with a headache, I wasn’t interested in a fast time.

Ran With: Kate
Time: 42:12

Race Recap: 2017 Hippie Chick Half Marathon—Hillsboro, OR

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Mom and I ran the Hippie Chick Half Marathon on Saturday. This is the second time I’ve ran the race. At the 2015 race, I ran it with Katie and it was way too hot for me! This year was completely the opposite!

A little damp, but full of high spirits!

I was so happy the temperatures were forecasted to remain low on Saturday. It was raining before the race and at the last minute I pulled on a long-sleeve shirt and put my short sleeve on over top, a rarity for me. I was afraid I might regret it, because it was dry once we got to the start line, but that sure didn’t last!

Not too far into the race, it started pouring! For about an hour, we got completely soaked, and mom and I were strongly reminded of the very wet 2016 Portland Marathon.

The rain was pounding us so hard, the drops were almost painful. However, it really did look beautiful against the scenery of the fields green from the spring. Mom and I were dressed for the occasion, with daisies in our hair and cute little floral skirts Mom had made.

I felt much better than at Hop Hop, but we concentrated on enjoying ourselves, enjoying the course and having fun, rather than speed. This was more about the experience and being able to do it together!

The free photobooth really captured our playful spirits on Saturday. We took the photos pre-race and when we received them post-race, the last photo sent me into a fit of uncontrollable laughter.


The race was nice and flat and the country roads with the wide open fields were lovely this time around (since I was dying for shade in 2015). There were plenty of water stops and even gel stops. Mom and I had gotten up so early and ate breakfast so early, I increased what I normally have during a race to try and make up for it. The extra gels were certainly helpful.

They even had entertainment! Around mile 9ish, there were jugglers with batons on fire at turnaround point. Mom was so distracted by them, she nearly forgot to turnaround! But we did, and ran back down one of the few hills on the course.
Before too long, we were headed to the race finish! I run a really steady, but slow pace, so the last two miles I told myself that I wasn’t allowed to tell mom to slow down.

Once we got to the stadium, we waved to Jason who cheered us on. We ran around the edge of the stadium, spotting ourselves on the Jumbotron and then crossed the line, mother and daughter, holding hands and raising them high.

Hippie Chick Half Marathon complete!


Once finished, we collected our finisher necklaces and then made a beeline to the massage tent. We put our name on the waiting list for a free 10 minute massage and then met up with our cheerleader, Jason. He was able to point out all of the food options and even snag us a table! I won free chocolate donuts from Frang bakery. Mom and I enjoyed the pancake breakfast. Best of all, the mimosas and chocolate milk! Delicious. We listened to the live band and ate our post-race food happily.

Just about the time we had finished, we went down for our free massage. It may only be 10 minutes, but I know it made a huge difference! I recovered much faster and even felt energized right that moment.

In fact, when we started heading back to the parking lot, I couldn’t help it when i spotted the play structure nearby! Those weird blue rings spin like a merry-go-round. The weather kept the kids away, so us adults decided to play!

I’m not planning on doing any long races until the fall at least, giving me a break from high mileage. I really hate the running in warm weather and its really hard to run for hours at a time in the summer. I want to concentrate on improving my 10K times instead. This was a good race to start the break!

Time: 2:48:53
Ran with: Mom
Post-Race Highlight: Although the free massage was heavenly and relaxing, I’ll admit that the awkward merry-go-round was exhilarating! It was such ridiculous, giddy post-race fun.