It's been an uncharacteristically snowy winter in Portland so far this year, but that hasn't stopped us from putting in some solid training to gear up for races this winter and spring. The snow has been nothing compared to what many of our Midwestern-rooted and Canadian members grew up with, but we've all become soft in our short period of time in Portland. The presence of snow has brought out some subconscious nostalgia for Matt Hughes, causing him to spice up our workout discussion thread with some occasional hockey jargon. We can only hope this further inspires him to take a run at the All-Hockey Hair Team.
Most of the group is headed south to Flagstaff, AZ where we expect we'll see at least 90% of the distance running community out on the trails. We've got a wide range of racing on tap for this winter including some XC, indoor track and marathon racing.
After winning 3 consecutive US Cross Country titles in a row (2013, 2014, 2015), Chris Derrick missed last year's Cross Country Championships. On February 4th, he plans to return to the XC grind at this year's Championships in Bend, OR. Word on the street is that there's a lot on snow in Bend this year. Should be great for some true XC!
Another highlight date on the horizon is February 26th when Andrew Bumbalough plans to make his marathon debut at the Tokyo Marathon. Andrew is coming off a solid 10k (28:09) to open up his season at the Hachioji Long Distance Meet in Tokyo. The 10k marked Andrew's return to the track from a battle with injury last year.
For indoor track, expect to see our men and women all over the country for races. We're still trying to iron out schedules, but we'll try to keep you posted on upcoming races on our Pro Page.