1. 15 to Go! Once I finish this race I'll only have 15 more states to go (and a few extra repeat states that I'm doing "for fun" this year). Remember when I only had 15 states down? I remember, because it was miserable! Boulder Backroads post here. There was altitude, freezing am temps and smoking hot pm temps, bad hills, as well as a lot of race annoyances! Let's hope this weekend goes a little better.
2. MB's Halfway There Party!!! That's right, this is MB's 25th state (for those that don't know MB, please check out this post "MB brings the flu.") And guess what? Portland is throwing her a giant party for it... with fire works and red, white, and blue-- (nobody tell MB it's actually for the 4th of July)
3. Jodi and Chris are coming! We have groupies... in fact they're driving 3 hours to come see us run! Jodi and Chris were at the Seattle Marathon last weekend and are driving down to Portland to see us run 2 weeks in a row! We <3 our groupies!
4. Marathon of Marathons. Last weekend was WA, now I'm onto the 2nd of 4 in a row! Next weekend I'm doing my first 50-miler then we're in Okoboji, IA the following weekend. 4 in a row with an ultra is going to be a little killer. Just gotta little train it.. "I think I can I think I can I think I can... and I will!"
OR Race RUNdown...
Foot Traffic Flat Marathon ~ Sunday July 4, 2010. 6:30am Start! (#35)
Portland, OR ~ Sauvie Island
Registration Fees: $75 ($87 w/ shirt) early ($90 no shirt for late-- until sold out)-- Marathon has a few spots remaining!
Year Running: 7th (i think)
Races Available: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K
2010 Expected Field:
2009 Field: 258 Finishers
... Females: 103 ... Age Group: 16
2009 Avg. Finish Time: 4:04:49! (fast!)
Certified Course/BQ Certified?: Yes!
Cutoff Time and Early Start Option: Cutoff time is 1PM (6.5 hours) with NO early start option
Weather Update: Judging from the comments, the past 2 years of this race have been HOT and this year isn't looking any different, starting in the mid 50's and getting up to the 70's during the race.