If you are looking for a super fun, flat course, all women’s ½ marathon then Hippie Chick is the perfect race for you. I had heard before how much fun HC was, but never have had the opportunity to run it because it is sold out every year. To guarantee a spot you have to register within a couple of days once the registration opens. Signing up is so worth it. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun at a race. I got to meet Stephanie from Soggy Runner Girl who I had really been looking forward to meeting. Stephanie is SUPER FAST! Even though she didn’t race either, she still ran an awesome ½ marathon. I am so in awe of her talent. She is someone to watch because I think that big things are in store for her!
Green sparkle skirt: Jen, Purple sparkle skirt: Cassie, Black sparkle skirt: me
When I signed up for HC back in November I didn’t know I would be running the Eugene Marathon at the end of April. Obviously it isn’t ideal to race a ½ marathon 13 days post marathon. Even I know that isn’t smart. Luckily I had the opportunity to run the whole race with Amanda from Runninghood. We had so much fun! It was a treat to get to run 13.1 miles with such a talented runner. We chatted the whole time and the miles flew by. We both needed to be smart about not racing so it was great to have each other to keep ourselves in check. It was fun to get to know Amanda better. She is one of nicest and most sincere people I have ever met. I feel so lucky to have her as a friend! Thank you for keeping me company and running with me Amanda! We crossed the finish line together in 1:53:30.
Top left: Me, Jen, Cassie
Top right: Amanda, Me
Bottom left: Cassie, Me
We didn't get finisher's medals, but instead got a necklace. It is actually pretty cute, but I need to shorten the chain a little bit. The finisher's shirts were a Brooks technical shirt, that is a little on the bright side, but still cute. We also each got a drawstring back pack. Orange is my least favorite color, but the logo is cute so I will probably use it as a gym bag (like I need another gym bag....)
Today I looked at the results and realized IF I would have raced I more than likely would have won my AG by a couple of minutes. Realistically I might not have PR’d, but I still think running a 1:34-1:35 ½ was within reach had I been healthy and ready to race. This year the debuted a new a course- it was gorgeous and super flat. Definitely a course you could PR on!
If you click on this picture it gets bigger so you can actually read it :-)
After the race we went to go get our pancakes that were part of our entry fee. This was a HUGE let down. They only let each runner get 2 pancakes and they were TINY! WTH?! Needless to say we were still hungry so went to the closest McMenamins where I indulged in cajun tater tots and a turkey sandwich.
Jamba juice, wimpy pancakes, McMenamins beer
Questions for you:
Have you ever signed up for a race and then ran it just for fun?
Would you rather have a medal or a necklace as a finisher's award?