Last weekend I had to be down in Eugene, Oregon for a two day MRI conference to earn Continuing Education credits to keep certified in my profession. I don't mind, get to learn new things and maintain a solid network for possible future employment if needed.
What I really wanted to do was run a bit either before or after the daily meetings. O.K., let's be realistic, mornings don't happen with me. I'm pretty lazy. So, I would plan to run right after getting back to the hotel. I was only about a mile from the trail so that would make things easy.
Pre's trail is an inner-city trail along the Willamette River (Will-am-et), The only Northernly Direction Flowing River in the U.S.
I would only do a few miles each night but I was o.k. with that. Next week will being the ramping up week. I got there at about 5:30pm on Saturday. A few were out but I knew it would be a relaxing run on soft bark for the most part. Most of the trail is covered in bark-o-mulch making for a cushy run on these old legs. There are some paved bike path that connects to it for longer 20ish mile runs but I wouldn't be doing that this weekend.
I ran a bit with my I-pod on just really enjoying the bounce of the trail as I think they must have added some bark recently. After only about 15 minutes of running I run into L.B. Cool, I turn around and we run and talk together.
Craig on Right with Sunsweet shirt after AC. Chris, his brother on left.
Craig is feeling great ramping up for States. He seemed excited about it really. Will a top ten be in order for him again??? We will just have to see. We get back to the parking lot and and he said he is done. I have a bit more to go so I bid him fairwell and I run in the dark to finish.
I like the fact that there are lamp posts lit along the way. Not great lighting but it will do on this smooth trail.
So, this week I kinda had to "throw away" in terms of mileage. That's fine. It was a very relaxing week. Looking forward to a new change of pace now.
It was really enjoyable to be able to run on a great inner-city trail that is really set up for runners and walkers. Such a great place to visit and relive history.
You see I actually watched Pre run. I will date myself here... I watched him run in College and in the Olympic trials in 1972. I still have a program from that time. Went to the 1976 trials but missed the 1980 meet. I will be looking forward to the 2008 trials there starting June 27th. Hmmm, the Monday after States. Busy few weeks I figure.