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Hagg Hybrid Marathon

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.

36 Responses to Hagg Hybrid Marathon

  1. Beautiful lake view for a race! 46 miles for the weekend and your legs feel good? Impressive.

  2. Ah, reading this post is getting me so excited to run longer distances again (once I have this baby in +/- 3 weeks)!

    You are being really smart about your training (and social life!) Can’t wait to see what you do in marathons you actually race and your 50 miler!

    p.s. LOVE the 3rd pic on this post, of you running with distance shorts, maybe high 10 shimmel? and compression socks. You look speedy and happy!

    • High 10 and distance, I was quite happy at that moment…speedy might be a bit of a stretch..

      Can’t wait to see what you do post-baby! ALSO, can’t wait to see your baby!

  3. Good work! It looks like a beautiful route!

  4. Beautiful view…bet that was a great race!

  5. very impressive that your legs rebounded so quickly—i can’t even imagine! but keep up the great way. way to have a healthy perspective on your training.

  6. Great job girl!

  7. Is there anything near you that isn’t stunningly beautiful?

  8. Beautiful! I would never be able to stop running if I had all of that to look at

  9. NIce work using that as a training run. Looks amazing there!

  10. I love Hagg Lake!! I was going to do the relay but than decided against it.
    Glad you had fun and congrats on all your great miles this weekend!

  11. Oh, I like how you don’t even mention that you got first place female finisher!

    Also, wow on the 20 miles on Sunday. I ate brunch and drank some fine Ninkasi beer.

    The book I was mentioning is Trail Running Oregon . Looks like it is a fair bit more expensive than the $4 I ordered it for a couple of weeks ago. I am happy to loan it to you anytime.

    Looking forward to trying to top our first Portland beer tour next time you are in town!

    • I also drank some fine Ninkasi beer on Sunday, don’t you worry.

      I will totally check out that book. I feel like I owe you some links too and I totally don’t remember what they were…it will come to me!

      Thanks again for the super quality miles, see you in the PDX super soon for some super fine brewery-ing!

  12. Oh so the marathon is mains and the 20-miler dessert? Hahahaha!

    It was a pretty exciting weekend over here as we watched/caught live updates of friends running the ultras in Borneo (The Most Beautiful Thing or rather The Most Brutal Thing!) and Singapore (Sundown Ultramarathon).

  13. Looks amazing! I can’t wait for the day when I can ‘chase up’ a marathon with a 20 miler :) You rock, keep on inspiring girl!! :)

  14. it is very beautiful there!

  15. You are an animal!! I think I may have run 40 miles total last week. I love reading and seeing all the awesomeness of Oregon!!! Sounds like you’re living it up. Well done!!

    • There’s a lot of awesomeness in Oregon to write about, so I shouldn’t have much trouble keeping it coming. Thanks!

  16. Congrats! Your new state is so beautiful. And I am super jealous about the voodoo donuts. :)

  17. I love your attitude towards running and balancing other areas of life. Looks like you had a great weekend, and the mileage you knocked back is impressive!

  18. Looks like a great course! I’m starting to think about what it might take to run a 50 miler next year. Your back to back weekend runs sound like they’ve been great.

  19. Congrats on your marathon and doing a casual training run! The scenery looks gorgeous out there and I think your approach to making new friends/balancing running is great. You deserve some brews for your solid weekend performance!!

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  21. Thanks for keeping my hubby company since I’ll never be able to for a marathon ;).

    Can’t wait to have you up here in October!

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