Over the Memorial Day weekend, my Uncle Fritz graciously hosted a post-race cookout at the Pier abode, where I spent the afternoon catching up with family and friends. In between his duties as host, and head grill-master, he managed to find time to criticize length of my recent posts. To summarize, they are too long for his liking. So, this one is for you Uncle Fritz: a short, and overly succinct, summary of the past six weeks.
I spent nearly as many days back in Ohio (11) as I did in Eugene during the month of May (16) – I know the math doesn’t add up correctly, but I spent a few days in San Diego, too. After visiting the Northwest corner of the state back in April, I made sure to include Ohio’s 3 other quadrants on this trip’s itinerary. My trip began in Cleveland, where I ran a 10k in conjunction with the Cleveland Marathon. Adjusting to the heat and humidity was a bit of a shock to the system, but I was happy with my time, and 5th place finish, given the difficult course and breezy conditions. I had to start somewhere after Boston.
My vagabond trip across Ohio funneled me from Cleveland to Athens for the middle part of the week. There is no such thing as a bad trip to my old stomping grounds. I managed to re-introduce myself to a few of my favorite training routes and enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces. Shout out to Carsey’s Barbershop, and my main man Alan, for filling me in on all the Athens-happenings while I was away.
A quick jaunt over to Dayton finalized my tour de Ohio. On Memorial Day, I ran a 5k, which the first time I had done one of those in a few years. If the goal was to not completely embarrass myself, then mission accomplished! On a very Oregon-like morning, I managed to run 14:29 and finish 2nd.
Next up is the USA half marathon championships on Saturday. For the 2nd year in a row, the Grandma’s marathon and half marathon will host the national championships. For information on how to receive in-race updates and how to watch live video of the finish, click here. Want to know who else is racing? Click here. I’d like to leave Minnesota with a new half marathon PR, which would be a good springboard to my fall marathon training block.
That’s all for now. My regular, long-form prose will return next week. Until then, enjoy the rest of June!
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