Posts from the “running” Category

Timberjack 50k Trail Run

Posted on October 15, 2023

Yesterday I ran my second 50k trail race, this one being over near Bend, Oregon close to the Three Sisters Mountains. It was a long and generally speaking beautiful day. The running part was challenging for me, especially after mile 23. I figured it would be difficult, but not that difficult. Of course once you start one of these things you can’t really stop in the middle so I just kept going. Photos with some commentary below: The milling around before the race starts. This is always a strange time with everyone showing up, training completed, often goals in mind, some people know one another, but many don’t. It’s a nice time to say hello to a stranger, ask where they are from and…

Summer Fade . . .

Posted on September 27, 2023

I took the last two days of the summer work season off to do some chores (clean garage!) and go to the UO Cross Country Dellinger Invitational Meet. It was a good couple of days as the final days of heat ended and the fall storms rolled in off the Pacific. I am moss, lichen, salmon, grey clouds, wool, flannel, plaid and waxed canvas. I look forward to this change so much each year and it rarely disappoints. The meet was run on a golf course out in Springfield, just east of Eugene. It was a beautiful day with several colleges and universities represented. The men run an 8k race and the women run a 6k race. It’s all anaerobic in the end. Impressive.…

Pre Classic / Diamond League Finals

Posted on September 19, 2023

This past weekend the Prefontaine Classic Track Meet took place and it was also the Diamond League Finals for the outdoor track and field season. Eugene comes alive when track arrives, hence the nickname, “Tracktown, USA.” It really is a track town. The fella who set the new US record in the mile run, Yared Naguse, was on his high school bowling team. Then he ran the timed mile for PE and the PE teacher had the track coach take a look. Here we are. Solid running all the way around.


Posted on July 9, 2023

A couple from the past couple of days. Sunny days punctuated with / by activity. The green tunnel on Pre’s Trail (named after the iconic runner, Steve Prefontaine). This is on my usual route on my noon runs and this time of year provides welcome shade on warmer days. I met one of, if not the, main writer for New Gen Track and Field recently while on a break on campus. Matt is a nice fella, a runner (he ran in the USATF Championships on Thursday evening in the 1500 meter prelims) and publishes this magazine. Friday night the group was hosting a party at the “Hoka House,” so I went, mainly to get a magazine as they were giving out this issue for…

Independence Day & Bodies in Space

Posted on July 7, 2023

Independence Day went like a fast-moving bottle rocket, without the bottle or the rocket for me. The day started with the annual Butte-to-Butte 10k road race that takes people from the south end of town to the north, running between the boundaries of the two buttes: Spencer and Skinner. This year, rather than run, I volunteered as a “course marshal,” where I stand with a stop sign to block a cross street and prevent cars from crossing the route. I enjoyed seeing many people I knew and cheering them on. Then last evening, I had the chance to attend the USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field with seats on the finish line. It was a fun solo evening, but talking with…