Huge Eug is Here

Well it’s here.

Race weekend.

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The culmination of the last 10+ weeks of training.  I’ve gotten used to typing “Ragnar/Eugene” and now Ragnar is over (sniff), and Huge Eug is actually here.

Holy. Shit.

All along I’ve been wavering over which was my actual “goal” race – was I training to help my Ragnar team, or training for a huge marathon PR in Tracktown, USA?

The reality is that running 32+ miles in an overnight, sleepless relay is not exactly taper-approved.  Ok it’s not really anything-in-life approved, unless your goal is to sleep and eat non-stop the entire week+plus afterwards.

Plus, when we realized the heat of the Ragnar Ultra Womens competition, it became very clear that my focus was on Ragnar.  I wanted to run my legs HARD and give my team a chance at the title.  And if that meant a less-than-stellar performance at Eugene, so be it.

Well, Ragnar is over.  I DID run hard and we DID end up winning.  Training success!

What I really wasn’t expecting, was to feel as good as I do right now.

My body handled the relay freakishly well.  Monday I went out for an easy 4 mile test run.  Wednesday I ran a few more successfully pain & fatigue-free miles, and Thursday had a fun/exciting 5 mile fartlek.

Decided : Ready to race Eugene.

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A race “plan” has been formulated.  It’s scary and exciting and nerve-wracking, but more than anything I’m just thrilled to have the opportunity to run hard tomorrow.

Thank you, sweet awesomely-recovering body.  You’re the best.

This is the first training cycle I’ve actually ENJOYED start-to-finish and I’d like to carry that through to the very end.  Ideally that will come with a shiny new PR (large or small), but if it doesn’t and I blow up big time and end up DNF/MonsterPW’ing, that’s fine.  Probably deserving.  Expected.  At least I gave it a shot.

… and I get to blame Ragnar.

Good luck to the rest of you racing, long running, recovering… what have you.  Our house of Sweaty, Margot, SR and I is bound to plow the city down – either in celebration of epic PRs or the drowning of failed race sorrows.

Sorry to the PNW in advance.

Sarah OUaL

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19 thoughts on “Huge Eug is Here

  1. The PNW is so lucky to have you girls!!! I’m half tempted to show up and yell motivating/annoying things at all of you to keep you going. Nothing like running away from a crazy girl to reach a new PR… GOOD LUCK!!!!

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