Hagg Hybrid Marathon
|September 16, 2013||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
In the wee hours of Saturday morning, I decided to drive a few miles down the road and run a marathon as a long training run for JFK50.
When I moved to Oregon, one of the first things I did was make a list of all the races within a 400 mile radius. (Or, if we’re being honest here, one of the first things I did when I was on the way home from my final job interview…details.) The Hagg Hybrid Marathon was on this list, but I held off on pre-registering for a few different reasons.
While I’m anxious to run ALL of the races in my new state, I’m also trying to be cautious about a couple of things:
First and foremost, my health.
Training for a 50 miler means you can, and should, be running a lot of miles. Because you get to run so many miles, there are totally responsible and healthy ways to incorporate marathons/50ks and all other race distances into an ultra training schedule. There are also plenty of irresponsible and unhealthy ways to do this (trust me, I know). Since last Saturday was my first 50k in about a year, I wanted to make sure my legs recovered and felt ready to go again before signing up for another longer race, even if it was just for a good old fashioned training run.
I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly my legs rebounded from last week’s 50k. After taking one day off to do a big fat nothing (unless you count sitting on the couch for 12 hours as something impressive, in which case: nailed it), I was running strong and feeling good all week.
And the second thing I’m being cautious about: my free time. While I love very little in life more than having a bib pinned to my shirt for several miles, I don’t want to fill my weekends with start lines if it means I’m turning down opportunities to hang out with new friends or meet people in Eugene. It would be pretty lame if I’m unable to form meaningful relationships in my new city because I’m too busy eating pasta and going to bed early on Friday nights.
So short story long, I didn’t pre-register for Hagg Lake but decided to run it on race morning because I had a pretty tame Friday night and my legs felt ready to rock ‘n’ roll through 26.2 miles on Saturday morning.
As soon as I got to the start, I spotted my friend Alisa’s husband Justin, who led me through one of the best brew tours of my life when I stayed with them for the Forest Park Marathon last September. I had no idea how fast or slow Justin was planning to run, I just assumed we would part ways at the start and check back in at the finish. But as soon as the gun went off, we fell into stride with one another’s pace and proceeded to stay right there for all 26.2 miles.
Justin is equally obsessed with all things related to good beer, good running, and living it up in the Pacific Northwest, so we had plenty to chat about for all 4+ hours of the race and the miles seriously flew by. (Until the last two. I’m pretty sure no matter how many marathons you run, or how in shape you are, the last couple of miles are always a little tedious.)
The course itself was absolutely fantastic and involved two loops around a pretty stellar lake.
The marathon was titled a “hybrid” because the first 12 miles are on road and the final 14 are on trail, which made for a fun mix of terrain and kept things interesting.
Both sections involved a good amount of small rollers.
Justin and I ran the course pretty easy, pretty steady, and just settled into a pace that allowed us to enjoy the fact that it was an absolutely perfect morning for running a marathon in Oregon.
Finish time: 4:06
I chased the marathon with a 20 mile training run on Sunday morning for a total of 46 (ish) miles on the weekend.