This morning, I participated in the Oregon Trail Runs "Hell of the Northwest" 10K (there was also a half marathon). Many ask me why I enjoy racing (not just running, but racing) so much. Today proved why. I met two brand new trail runners who were nervous and not quite sure what to expect. I met a couple from Salem who wanted to chat about Subarus - they saw me drive in - and we had our own mini Subaru drivers fan club. An incredible ultra-runner who is highly respected, Sage Canaday, was there. Such a humble, genuine person. Several ladies asked me what kind of trail running vest I wore - so I got to talk about my love of the Ultimate Direction Jenny Jurek vest. Some brave runners were dressed in costumes ... much braver runners than I. I got to high five with a bunch of kids at the aid stations - great energy! I stuck around to wait for the first timers to finish and get the "low-down" ... they LOVED it and are hooked on trail running - always important to bring more people to the sport who love it as much as we do. There were unique porta-potties that I hope are instituted at most, if not all, racing events. And, of course, Mike and Andi (race directors of Oregon Trail Runs) were gracious hosts to all of us! Being a member of the running community is a humble, rewarding experience.
Lungs are so vital to us runners (and walkers!). As a runner with asthma, I have a very, very special appreciation for every breath I take. When I found out about the 3rd Annual Lung Cancer 5K run and walk with 1-mile walk event occurring in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, August 21, 2016, I had to share it with everyone. And, the event has graciously provided a $5 discount code to RunJessica.com readers (see below). All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022
This event, Portland's "Free to Breath Run/Walk", kicks off with an opening rally at 8:30 a.m. at the Eastbank Esplanade (Main Street Plaza) in downtown Portland. The Kids' Dash will take place at 9 a.m., and the 5K run/walk will take to the streets at 9:05 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. respectively. For those choosing the 1-mile walk, you'll zip out of the starting gates at 9:15 a.m. All events are un-timed. A closing rally will begin at 10 a.m.
You registration fee of $25, or $15 for participants 12 and under, will provide entry into either event distance, a 2016 Free to Breathe event t-shirt, entertainment and refreshments. Event morning registration is available for $5 more, and you may not be guaranteed a t-shirt, so register early (and save $5 with the discount code!). Additionally, kids activities and a local DJ will be on site mixing some great tunes. All participants are eligible for incredible door prizes and other giveaways that will be taking place.
What is especially nice about the Free to Breathe event is that your registration fee goes towards any fundraising efforts. I especially like this - if you raise $100 you will receive a Hero Cape to wear at the event!
Click here to register, and use discount code RunJessica5 to receive a $5 discount.
Thank you for your support in helping to find a cure for lung cancer!
On Saturday, January 3, 2015 I kicked off my 2015 race calendar by running in the Uberthons Newyearathon 1-miler and 5k. Two events in one day, I'll take it! Check out the beautiful finisher medal that was handed out, too!
Uberthons 'Newyearathon' • Tigard, OR • January 3, 2015
Yes, you have read this correctly; "Jessica Takes on a Training Plan!" Being a seasoned half-marathon distance racer, and progressively getting faster finish times, is a great thing, and I am thankful that has been the case with my racing career. However, having never followed a set training plan, or even guidelines, for preparing for races, I know I can get super-better with the help of the first-ever training plan I am going to follow! I selected the 13.1 Ultimate guide.
Today was the first day I logged a training run using the "Run the Edge" training plan. Being a huge fan of Kara Goucher, I knew the Run the Edge training plan would be the right fit for me. Why? Well, because it follows a non-traditional way to get better. Most importantly, it's fun. Second, people I highly respect created it. And third, it allows you to train by time, not distance. Why do I appreciate that so much? Because it is SO much nicer to hear that you need to crank out a 35 minute easy run than see a 5 miler on the page. Knowing your assignment is to run for 35 minutes is a better (and more manageable) challenge, as you can run your run for the time specified, and see how well you pulled it off. I'll report on my progress, but I highly encourage anyone looking for a training plan to at least check out the Run the Edge plan. I'm a huge fan of the method they use to get us trained and ready for the ultimate finish!
Author, Jessica Mumme
Running for fun