Traveling for us always seems to involve a few key elements. Geocaching, eating too much at restaurants and participating in a local running event. We had our trip to Portland planned out months ago and originally it didn’t include running in a race. But of course over the next few weeks we both couldn’t help ourselves and began a detailed search of the race calendars to see what was available.
We knew that signing up for anything longer than a half marathon would be too much distance since we hadn’t been training for distance in 2014. Part rehab for injuries and part too busy/lazy. There we a couple options we found that were within reach of where we were staying in Portland but the Silver Falls Marathon really caught our attention. They have a 50K, Marathon, Half Marathon and new 7-Mile race option. It is in a beautiful forest/park area that contains 11 different waterfalls. We did the 7-mile option and the route took runners around and through many of the waterfalls. Honestly, I think the best way to convince you that this is a “must-do” running event is to show you why. So here’s why:
This past Sunday I did something that I haven't done in over 5 years. I participated in a 5K race all alone. Long after Mark and I signed up to run this 5K, Mark took a side job the same weekend with Endurance Sports Travel helping their team at Ironman Wisconsin. The same race I did back in 2009. It was a really great, fun opportunity for him so I was totally ok with him going but 1) I was bummed I wasn't going with and 2) it felt a little funny being at a race without him either running with me or cheering me on.
Color indicates writer. Black - Kris, Green - Mark
1st 5K of 2014!
This past weekend found Kris and I running out first competitive race in over a year. We have run a couple of races in the past year or so but casually. Saturday was the first time we have really put an effort into any distance, in this case "just a 5K".