Kids fun run
I just registered for the Portland Marathon...that is, the Portland Kids Marathon. This is a very cool kids race. Its a 2 mile run and covers the first and last miles of the regular marathon course. So the kids get to start at the same starting line and finish at the same finishing line as the marathon runners. I'm running it with my 7 year old son. We ran it together last year and had a blast! I was very impressed with his performance. I wasn't sure how he'd do since it was his longest race to date. We started out holding hands and I told him it was okay to walk if he wanted. So for the first mile we took a few 20 second walk breaks. But by the time we were on the second mile there was no stopping him! We ran through the cheerleader gauntlet and he had fun slapping some skin. Then during the last half you run up Front St. with the marathoners coming down the other side. Seeing the marathoners is another big motivator and a lot of them cheer on the kids. We finished in about 21-1/2 minutes. Not bad for a 6 year old! I wasn't expecting to work up a sweat, but I'll be better prepared for a blazing time this year. : )
Husbands can be funny
Last weekend Marc went on a training run in the gorge for our upcoming 50K. Along this route he met another runner "Mike", who was doing hill repeats. Mike asked Marc if he was training for PCT. Marc's reply: What's that?
I don't know about you, but it just tickles me that Marc doesn't even know the name of the 50K he's training for. After some more discussion, Marc realized that he is training for PCT. Turns out Mike is running the 50 miler.
Training-wise, its been an easy week so far. I ran 5 miles on Tuesday and 5 miles today. This weekend will be my last hard training weekend before the 50K. I'd like to run as far as I can (up to about 18 miles) on Saturday and then enough on Sunday to make up 31 miles for the weekend. I tried running with my handheld today and I can see that it will take more practice for me to get used to it. I'll train this weekend with my hydration pack, but plan to wear my belt for the 50K.
I'm starting to get excited about the 50K, but need to remember that my goals are to finish, and most of all, have fun!