Monday, February 22, 2010

Hagg Lake 25K Trail Run

The Hagg Lake Trail Run was gorgeous this year, the sun was out and the event was very organized. Kelly Johnson and the other race directors did a great job of communicating with participants for weeks leading up to the race which helped us all mentally prepare for the event. This was my third Hagg Lake 25K. After five years of running this race you receive a cool BELT BUCKLE and after 10 years you get special parking rights, I will keep coming back!

The course around the Hagg Lake is crazy fun and very challenging. It seems that the 15.5 mile course really never flattens out but rolls up and down and around and in and out of water and mud the entire time. Sound like fun? It is! It is crazy fun. I only fell once and seriously laughed out loud as my feet slipped out from under me to one side landing on my hip and catching myself with my hands. My friend and running partner, Lynn, witnessed this graceful moment when I was in at least 6 inches of mud and water and found myself with muddy hands for the remainder of the run. This is not fun when you go to wipe your nose or wipe your face :) Lynn, thanks for being there! :)

I found the other participants to be so nice and friendly as we made our way around the Lake enjoying the challenge and taking in the sites and the sunshine, it was really a fabulous day. I wondered as I was working my way up and down the hills and trails why 400 people would come out to Forest Grove and take this challenge. It is a very hard effort. I mean we could have been sleeping in or shopping or having brunch with family but instead we were all in muddy shoes, breathing very hard, wondering when the finish line would finally rear it's head all the while risking breaking an ankle - all for the sport of trail running.

My husband, Dave Harkin, not only won the race but set a new COURSE RECORD. I am very proud of Dave and his ability to not only run but to do it and so win with such grace. My hat is off to Dave, he is an inspiration to me and to those that know him, those that he helps train and ensures they have the right shoes and equipment and the right frame of mind to train and compete. GO DAVE!! On to Boston!!

Congratulations to my VERY COOL friends that ran the race. Aubree, Lynn, Jill (took her age division!) Amanda, Leigh, Christina, Marni, Denise, Shari and our store manager Kristin Lynn that won the women's division in the 25K. Congrats to the very studly Erin Perkin that rocked the 50K! Two loops???? No way! :) Great job Erin!

Our next adventure? Stay tuned, I am sure it will be fun.

Hagg Lake 25K
7th women overall
3rd place age division
10 min PR :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Running the Course - Go Girl Trail Run

It was time to meet up with Stephen Hatfield of the Forest Park Conservancy to talk about the Go Girl Trail Run. A group of friends and I drove out to Lower MacLeay Park and ran the course. I was reminded of just how amazing Forest Park is and how lucky we are to have the park within driving distance. The course is filled with breathtaking views and although very challenging terrain, the course is AMAZING!

The Go Girl Trail Run began at the Portland Zoo a few years ago and was originally named Run Like a Girl. Women loved running on the trails and felt great about taking the challenge. The event moved to Forest Park and for the last two years I have managed the event changing the name to the Go Girl Trail Run. Women start in waves based on pace to eliminate congestion on the trails and work their way up to the Stone House on Wildwood climbing all the way to Wild Cherry and then down to Leif Erickson to Alder Trail and back on Wildwood for the finish. Somehow this run feels like you are climbing both ways but as soon as you think you can't climb another step you begin a fast fun decent that makes the climb worthwhile!
Not only does the Go Girl Trail Run inspire women to get out and run on the trails but it is a way of giving back to the park by making a nice contribution to The Forest Park Conservancy. ( The Forest Park Conservancy has a great volunteer program for anyone that wants to give a little of their time to the park.

With the course set and registration open the event will fill fast as the Portland Parks has a limit of 500 participants for this race. It is a "must do" for those that need a challenge mid summer. There is nothing like it!

Go Girl Trail Run
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Forest Park