I have to admit, having Hood to Coast and the Eugene Women's Half take place over the weekend and not participating in either event made me a little bit sad. I had a blast last year at Hood to Coast and up until this year, I've run every Eugene Women's Half (only 2 of them, but still). The Eugene Women's Half was my first half marathon (the one that really got me hooked on racing) and my also best half to date. My mom and I had talked about signing up to run it this year (she was itching to do another one after Hippie Chick) but at the time I wasn't 100% sure where we would be living and if (with the kids out of school for the summer and recovering from a c-section) I'd be able to get in the training needed to feel good about it. I'm glad we decided against it, since we moved away from Eugene and my training has been far from half marathon worthy.
Not wanting to leave my mom completely race deficient, however, I settled on another race... The Prefontaine Memorial Run. I'm a big fan of hometown races, really it's the only way to go with small children. This particular race I've always wanted to run but never have because it meant travel, but now, it is literally, just down the street. When I say, just down the street, I really mean it, as everything is here, it is just DOWN the street... then back up the other side, then down again, then repeat. After spending a few weeks running in this town, I have learned the secret to Prefontaine's greatness.... HILLS, HILLS and more HILLS. Really, there is no other choice here but to run them. As with all the races I've looked into in this lovely, coastal town, The Pre race is billed as "a rolling, challenging course..." which is definitely a change for me, after running most of my races in Eugene, along the beautiful Willamette River where the races are all sold as "flat, fast and scenic". To give you a better idea, in picture form, here is the elevation profile for the race: