Sunday, May 15, 2011

See you at Pre!

When one door closes, another one opens... That's kind of how it has felt in the past 6 months with my running. Since Boston last year, my right hamstring just hasn't been the same. I've tried just about everything to fix it, but nothing is seeming to take. While I have been waiting on that to get right, I have started writing a lot more. Mostly here, but also in other avenues. Now while my running times have gotten a little worse, my writing has gotten a lot better. That in mind, I have just been given my biggest opportunity to date....

I have been asked to be a part of the official press at the Prefontaine Classic this June (3-4) in Eugene, Oregon. I never would have thought reviewing a few books, films and an opinion piece on a cheating marathoner for my blog would put me in a position like this, but luckily, and likely due to the visibility of my review of Ryan Hall's book, "Running with Joy," it has.

I plan to take full advantage of the opportunity! There will be a lot going on and I'll be armed with my iPhone, MacBook, Coolpix and my running gear, with the hopes I can get over to "Pre's Trail" for an "easy 10" sometime during the weekend.

I couldn't be more excited about:
  • Flying into Portland on Friday, June 3 and driving down to Eugene for the press conference that afternoon
  • "Distance Night in Eugene" on Friday night and the chance to see former Tar Heel Shalane Flanagan go against the best runners in the world with the chance of taking back her 5k American Record
  • High schooler Lukas Verzbicas taking aim at the high school 2-mile record Saturday
  • The Bowerman Mile
  • Experiencing Hayward Field
All this in mind, I plan on bumping up the frequency of the posts and hope to deliver even more quality topics. So stay tuned and thanks for reading. And if you know anything about Eugene or will be at Pre, please email me!

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  1. Hi Pat,
    Congrats on the invite to Pre.
    I had a chance to experience the Pre Invite and Eugene for the first time last year and it was a blast. I hope you enjoy it just as much!


  2. Congrats on being invited to review the Pre Classic!!! I hope to one day run in the Pre classic.