Last weekend Pam and I flew up to Portland for a handful of festivities surrounding the Portland Marathon. Pam attended the annual Race Director’s College, I worked at the Expo, and we both ran on Sunday morning! It was a busy- but amazing- trip. I grew up in Seattle, my sister went to college just outside of Portland, my parents now live in Oregon, and I was at the race last year, so I’m no stranger to Portland.
We got in really late Wednesday night, and the RD’s College began early Thursday morning. Pam’s not one to text message all that often, but she was sending them at rapid speed, “Come to the Volunteer Session at 10:30”, “Race Director from Marine Corp Marathon is on the panel- he is Hilarrriouss”, ” Have the best idea for the Kid’s Run”. A couple hours later I met her at the Multnomah Athletic Club for the Volunteers Panel. Looking around, I saw a bunch of familiar faces- The Big Sur Marathon staff, Lake Tahoe Marathon Race Director (sidenote- I met this Race Director during my undergrad when some classmates drove up to volunteer for his race- many years later we laugh about that), Race Central (timing company), shirt vendors, etc. I also had a couple moments where I saw a person’s name on the name card in front of them and had to rack my mind about what we were emailing about a couple weeks ago… Each member of the panel talked about their experiences with volunteerism, how to celebrate them at our events, etc. It was so cool to hear each Race Director’s experience- each person had such drastically different methods.
After the session, I went for a quick run […]
Every runner is different, from shoes to pace, nutrition, and training plans. But almost all marathoners know the importance of tapering before race day. Whether we hate it or love it, it’s a part of our sport that we just accept and adhere to.
Since I’ve become a runner, my relationship with tapering has become more and more ugly. My first marathon I welcomed the rest and though I was really nervous, I was thankful for a break before the big day. I used the time to catch up with friends, do some light cross-training, and focus on school. On the weekend of my first full marathon, my best friend Katie went to Sports Basement to put together a “Good Luck Goodie Basket” for me. She asked their staff for all things running, loaded it up with GU, Joint Juice, Magazines, the works. As a sidenote- she still makes these for me for every marathon, I’m sure she’s got to be getting sick of it, but it mentally prepares me for Race Day. Anyhow, the guy at checkout insisted that she direct me to tapermadness.org- asking if I’d gotten stir crazy.
I checked it out, and I have to say, you all should too. It’s amazing to me how difficult it can be to NOT run, to just relax and chill out.
About a year later, I ran my 2nd marathon. My sister was in town, so we spent a ton of time sight-seeing, eating, pedicure-ing, etc. I have to say that was a perfect way to stop my crazy “what if’s” out of my mind, but they were definitely stronger than the first. In preparation for my 3rd, 4th, and 5th marathons, the insanity worsened, I obsessed, […]