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In The Footsteps Of Legends

There are a few places in the world that could be considered pilgrimage sites for runners.

The track and stadium in Olympia, Greece, site of the ancient Olympics:

The Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece, host of the first modern Games in 1896:

The Boston Marathon finish line, arguably the Mecca of marathoning:

And in April 2012, I’ll be adding this one to my list:

That’s Hayward Field, home of the University of Oregon track team and a few people kinda famous in the running world — Prefontaine, Nike co-founder and Oregon coach Bill Bowerman, marathon star and coach Alberto Salazar, for example.

And I won’t just be visiting Hayward Field to peek in the gate and say hi — I’ll be running the last 150m of my next marathon on the track. Literally, running in the footsteps of legends. Cool, no?

So I swore up and down that I wouldn’t run a marathon this spring because I wanted to ride my bicycle and PR the shit out of my half Ironman and just generally be happy. I didn’t sign up for Boston, and I committed to the National Half in March as a prep race for an early season 70.3. Then I had a pretty decent day in Savannah a few weekends back, and it got me 1) motivated to run again/reminded me why I was a runner in the first place and 2) curious about what I could do if I properly trained for a full 26.2 for the first time in my life. So the idea stuck. And after a lot of research and dithering about courses and timing and travel plans (and some gentle encouragement from this girl and these ladies, who both ran the race last year), I used Black Friday as an excuse to burden my credit card with an entry fee.

Eugene Marathon, on April 29, 2012, I’m coming for you.

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Discussion

13 thoughts on “In The Footsteps Of Legends

  1. Yessssss!! Eugene is AMAZING!! I can’t even imagine how fast you will be with proper training and a fantastic race. I’m so excited for you!

    Posted by Beth | November 29, 2011, 12:29 PM
  2. Exciting! Guessing tri season is starting a tad later next season?

    Posted by Jon | November 29, 2011, 12:35 PM
  3. I super duper approve! Hooray!

    Posted by katie | November 29, 2011, 12:51 PM
  4. Very exciting! I can’t wait to see how you do and look forward to seeing you at workouts this spring.

    Posted by Allison | November 29, 2011, 1:01 PM
  5. That will be awesome. Just FYI, my dad went to the University of Oregon at the same time as Prefontaine and is basically obsessed with him. So I will send him a link to your blog and he will stalk your training/racing.

    Because having a 63 year old dude who you’ve never met reading about your running is perfectly normal.

    Posted by Victoria (District Chocoholic) | November 29, 2011, 1:48 PM
  6. You’re totally going to run a 3:00.

    Posted by Jason | November 29, 2011, 2:12 PM
  7. You told me about this yesterday and I’m still SO, SO excited to read it!

    Posted by amy | November 29, 2011, 7:25 PM
  8. Awesome!!! That sounds like an awesome race and venue!

    “curious about what I could do if I properly trained for a full 26.2 for the first time in my life.” <– I'm embarking on a similar journey this winter. I just finished reading Advanced Marathoning and am following the 12-70 plan (12 weeks peaking at 70 miles per week). It is a great read and even as a long time runner, I learned a lot from it.

    Now the real question, which Pre movie is your favorite??

    Sub 3 hours or bust?

    Posted by Kevin | November 29, 2011, 8:49 PM
  9. Awesome! I’m running half!

    Posted by Maddy | November 30, 2011, 1:55 AM
  10. EXCITING! Congrats. Hope this doesn’t mean you’re totally retiring your bike all spring 🙂 And yes, I’m finally official. Will be an Ironman before 30. Even though it will say 30 on my calf on race day 😦 booooo

    Posted by Sarah | November 30, 2011, 11:31 AM
  11. I’ll be there too! I saw the title and just KNEW this was what your post was about. I grew up in Eugene. It truly IS “Track Town, USA”

    Posted by Raina | December 13, 2011, 5:18 PM

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