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30 Mar 2017 16:33

Semper Fidelis wrote:
Tricycle Rider wrote:Pre is in my mind a great story and someone who was a rock star. I came along in life a little after that.

Doping controls? whats that?

Just for fun or just to race both are a good exercise. Wish I lived somewhere on the North West coast or Flagstaff AZ. Running in AZ is a blast.
Pre is such a legend and mythological figure here in Eugene, his legacy heavily contributes to the popularity of running in this area. (Have a couple of Pre posters on my wall and have the "Stop Pre" t-shirt myself.)

The Pre Classic is so popular with the pros, it's amazing the world championships haven't been held here up until now. I know it's because of logistics (or politics), but still, if there's a pro race or pro meet in Eugene you know people will show up for it. (I'm always kinda amazed and kinda sad when I see the seats practically empty at big races being held in New York or somewhere in the Midwest, the running culture just isn't there.)
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30 Mar 2017 18:54

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Semper Fidelis wrote:
Tricycle Rider wrote:Pre is in my mind a great story and someone who was a rock star. I came along in life a little after that.

Doping controls? whats that?

Just for fun or just to race both are a good exercise. Wish I lived somewhere on the North West coast or Flagstaff AZ. Running in AZ is a blast.
Pre is such a legend and mythological figure here in Eugene, his legacy heavily contributes to the popularity of running in this area. (Have a couple of Pre posters on my wall and have the "Stop Pre" t-shirt myself.)

The Pre Classic is so popular with the pros, it's amazing the world championships haven't been held here up until now. I know it's because of logistics (or politics), but still, if there's a pro race or pro meet in Eugene you know people will show up for it. (I'm always kinda amazed and kinda sad when I see the seats practically empty at big races being held in New York or somewhere in the Midwest, the running culture just isn't there.)

I made the trip to Eugene in the mid 80's and ran on the track!

It is The place to be for running. I have the t-shirt which my cousin gave me back in the 70's. Not sure where they got it from because back then ,,,,,there was no interwebs.

I agree about the world championships. That place lives eats and breathes running.
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30 Mar 2017 19:42

Semper Fidelis wrote:
Tricycle Rider wrote:I made the trip to Eugene in the mid 80's and ran on the track!

It is The place to be for running. I have the t-shirt which my cousin gave me back in the 70's. Not sure where they got it from because back then ,,,,,there was no interwebs.

I agree about the world championships. That place lives eats and breathes running.
I got my shirt and my posters at the Pre Classic meets years ago, back then the posters were free. (Now I think you have to order them online and actually pay.) But, the atmosphere at Hayward is just so electrifying.. the crowd starts stomping their feet, we clap for the high and long jumpers in rhythm because they cue us to, and we always cheer on those who have managed to be lapped and come in dead last.

Alas, ticket prices for the meet have gone way up (and I've grown way too disenchanted with all the doping), so I haven't been in years. But if any fans of track and running have a chance to attend the Pre Classic just once I'd highly recommend it. (I'd dread to think how much the tickets for the world championships will cost.)

PS - Here's one of the posters from one of the meets I went to, for obvious reasons it's no longer hanging on my wall. But I'm still keeping it as a lark.

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28 Apr 2017 22:24

Whoa, apparently the most splendid of athletes will be running at the Pre Classic this year. (Don't think the organizers would want me as their doping control overlord, however.)

http://eugene.diamondleague.com/program_results_eugene/
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14 Nov 2017 21:54

A'ight, any of you fellow Yanks getting ready for a Thanksgiving Day run or walk this year?

Dad and me are getting ready for the annual Turkey Stuffer 5k in Springfield, OR, right now, we used to run it all the time about a decade ago. But being dad had a heart attack earlier this summer and I'm in less-than-ideal shape we've just decided we're going to walk it this year.

We already have a strategy - we're going to walk behind the baby stroller people, and if the weather gets too ****** (which it always is anyway), or he needs to take his nitro we'll just turn back and go back home.

Either way we'll get our t-shirts, and it should be fun to see all the other people who show up in costumes and such. (And dad and I always like to make fun of the runners who take this fun race much too seriously. :))
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23 Nov 2017 14:40

Rats! Dad and I won't be doing the Turkey Stuffer 5k after all today, dad has caught a cold and is out of commission. Figures, the weather is decent and this would have been our first Turkey Stuffer in ages, dad's timing could have been better. At least we got our t-shirts, but even those... the design on them is cool, but I don't like that material. It's that high-techy fabric stuff, it's always felt slimy to me. (Couldn't they have stuck to 100% cotton? The price wasn't any different.)

I'm not going to go by myself because walking alone would just be too damn boring, maybe I'll just hang some x-mas lights on the house instead. I need some kind of spills and thrills today.

Anyhoo, Happy Thanksgiving fellow Yanks, don't eat too much! (Or do, you're probably in much better shape than I am.)
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12 Dec 2017 17:35

Been taking up running lately, since I am running a half marathon in a month or so. Just chilling around a bit around 5 min/km at the moment on semi long runs, thats pretty good right now I think.
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12 Dec 2017 23:20

Valv.Piti wrote:Been taking up running lately, since I am running a half marathon in a month or so. Just chilling around a bit around 5 min/km at the moment on semi long runs, thats pretty good right now I think.
Good for you, Valv.Piti, 5min/km is always respectable! (More than respectable, actually.)

What's the weather like in your area?
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13 Dec 2017 18:11

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Valv.Piti wrote:Been taking up running lately, since I am running a half marathon in a month or so. Just chilling around a bit around 5 min/km at the moment on semi long runs, thats pretty good right now I think.
Good for you, Valv.Piti, 5min/km is always respectable! (More than respectable, actually.)

What's the weather like in your area?

Around 0 celsius, I've ran in snow the last two days. Its pretty lovely IMO. I don't really care for the cold when running anyways, as long as it doesnt rain heavily Im down for anything.
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24 Dec 2017 18:47

Excuse if this is old news but the Beeb has a film up on Roger Bannister's breaking of the 4-minute mile (first shown last summer). Which I found entertaining if for no other reason that it includes interviews with many of the principals involved, including Bannister himself (now aged 88).

The thing that struck me most remarkable, living in this age when athletes tend to be such specialists, is that Bannister, then a junior doctor, worked a shift that morning in hospital, went out that afternoon, put on his spikes and ran 3:59.4.

There were "authorities" at the time who prior to that event declared unequivocally that it was beyond the limits of human endurance to break the 4-minute mark. Yet just 46 days later, Aussie John Landy ran 3:57.9. Which set the stage for the mile of the Century, a confrontation between the two later that year at the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver BC. The BBC film includes an interview with Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike trainers, telling that he was there in 1954 for the Bannister-Landy duel, and that event cemented his love for track and field sport.
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08 Jan 2018 22:49

Aight, 5 days to the big day!

I have been working my *** off the last week after new year's eve, quite simply, I had to do it to be somewhat acceptable. Just been running and cycling every day and I am continuing until Thursday, whether that has been long runs, tempo runs, duathlon days, MTB or spinning. Just needed every bit of cardio I could get and I think the bike supplements running quite well. Maybe this is the wrong way to go about it, but felt super strong today when running (6,6 km at 4.45 - my Strava **** completely up today for some reason) without going that deep, really. Obviously it still hurts because its **** running. So thats great news. Today was meant for a recovery day anyways, but I cant handle such things...

Will update on Saturday. I expect a slow day since its on a very hilly route, so that should be exciting/extremely painfull.
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09 Jan 2018 08:11

Valv.Piti wrote:Aight, 5 days to the big day!

I have been working my *** off the last week after new year's eve, quite simply, I had to do it to be somewhat acceptable. Just been running and cycling every day and I am continuing until Thursday, whether that has been long runs, tempo runs, duathlon days, MTB or spinning. Just needed every bit of cardio I could get and I think the bike supplements running quite well. Maybe this is the wrong way to go about it, but felt super strong today when running (6,6 km at 4.45 - my Strava **** completely up today for some reason) without going that deep, really. Obviously it still hurts because its **** running. So thats great news. Today was meant for a recovery day anyways, but I cant handle such things...

Will update on Saturday. I expect a slow day since its on a very hilly route, so that should be exciting/extremely painfull.
Do your worst, hon, make all of us former runners proud! :cool:

Will you at least be getting a t-shirt for your effort?
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09 Jan 2018 13:33

I will try my best, but Im afraid it will be very brutral. But I guess the more brutal, the better story..

Nope, not even a t-shirt.
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09 Jan 2018 13:41

Valv.Piti wrote:I will try my best, but Im afraid it will be very brutral. But I guess the more brutal, the better story..

Nope, not even a t-shirt.

Do you have a target time?

Good luck
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09 Jan 2018 13:49

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Valv.Piti wrote:I will try my best, but Im afraid it will be very brutral. But I guess the more brutal, the better story..

Nope, not even a t-shirt.

Do you have a target time?

Good luck

Nope. Had it been flat I had targeted 5.10/km, but I have no clue to how my body will respond to the hilly course after 10-15 km.
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10 Jan 2018 22:08

Valv.Piti wrote:I will try my best, but Im afraid it will be very brutral. But I guess the more brutal, the better story..

Nope, not even a t-shirt.
Well, what's the point then if you won't even get a t-shirt? :p

But seriously. good luck, and keep us posted!

What was the entry fee for the race, btw.?
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11 Jan 2018 13:55

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Valv.Piti wrote:I will try my best, but Im afraid it will be very brutral. But I guess the more brutal, the better story..

Nope, not even a t-shirt.
Well, what's the point then if you won't even get a t-shirt? :p

But seriously. good luck, and keep us posted!

What was the entry fee for the race, btw.?

100 DKK, which is about 14 Euros or so.
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12 Jan 2018 15:26

Valv.Piti wrote:100 DKK, which is about 14 Euros or so.
That's roughly $16.50, that's not too bad. Here in Eugene the fee is usually $30+, but that includes a t-shirt if you really want to pay extra for it. Otherwise it's more like $20. (Plus maybe some chocolate [like in the Truffle Shuffle run], or some other little trinket as a reward for your suffering.)

Well, again, good luck!
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13 Jan 2018 12:53

21,1 km, 5.08 average pace with 508 vertical gain. Pretty amazing race considered what I had expected, ran with my friend the whole way. My Strava has been super unstable as of late, so thats pretty annoying as I didnt get to log the race. Dno if it was because the place was pretty isolated...?

Just ran progressively faster and faster today. Was nice, especially after last year's experience which was the other way around. Still tho, I take much more pleasure in a great cycling trip (maybe because I dont feel like its this hard?), but when its done its a great feeling.
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15 Jan 2018 20:22

Well done, V.P., well done! How many people were at the race?

I'll try to train very hard (yeah right) for the upcoming Bark in the Park run here in May, it's actually a fun/charity 5k run for the Humane Society where people's dogs are welcome to take part. So you can't really take it too seriously, but I'm sure there will still be a few runners who will. (God bless them, they just can't help themselves.)
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