Friday, June 29, 2012

RnR Seattle Recap

Thursday-Saturday...FUN!  Another Mother Runner house party kicked things off on Thursday, Friday was the expo that included a wonderful bloggy meet-up,  then it was dinner at, Chelsea's house to sleep and then RACE time...followed by more bloggy meet-up and back to Chelsea's.  Fun weekend that wore me out all this week...WORTH every minute!

"Another Mother Runner" Evening...
A great night to kick of the festivities with Sarah and all know who I'm talking about, but if you've been living under a rock you can check it out here!  It was a fun night and I finally picked up their new book, "Train Like a Mother".  

Expo time...oh yah!
The expo is always fun!  I Love spending time shopping and getting cool stuff!  I actually got some SWEET headphones to review and will be telling you about it soon!  You will probably want to read that post and get a pair for yourself that I would love to gift you!  A few companies I always have to stop by: Nuun, and RazzyRoo Headbands!  I also found a few new ones that I will continue to visit: SnuggBuds and Run Pretty Far.  

Prep the night before and morning of the race...

13.1 Miles!  This recap is all over the place, 
so bare with me!

No Garmin, No Worries!

I need to do this more for numerous reasons!  I didn't care, just ran with my friend Julie...though she did have on.  Usually I get mad at myself in races when I'm not beating any previous times and setting records for myself.  Taking off the Garmin took all that away!  I had no idea what my time was until I checked the next day from the computer...great strategy because it would have bothered me and I would have questioned what I could have done better...which is so silly because...

Guess what...I just ran 13.1 miles (I'm trusting RnR distance is accurate since I wasn't wearing my GARMIN, LOL), that's a half marathon and I should be proud of it!

I really wasn't expecting anything fabulous since my focus has not been only running, I'm a TRI girl with a TRI that's kind of where it's at... my heads at and clearly my legs too!  Any kind of speed that I possessed last year due to weight loss and lots of running has taken a break...bummer.  I guess less running doesn't make you faster?

I was worried about the new course because I loved the old one...very few hills and a majority of it was
along the water. New course...not like that!

It was fun to be in the same corral with so many friends!  It makes starting 13.1 miles way more fun when you are in a mess of friends.  We are getting better with how to coordinate that.  For next year, if you haven't already registered...make your goal time 2:00 hours and then we can all be together like a big, happy FAMILY!

The new course was way better than I had imagined, the first few miles were down (yah down...BEST DAY) the streets in Seattle, we ran past NUUN (very refreshing) then it was through that not so great part of town and the major hill was around mile 5 and was a big one, but once you started running up, you were half way there and then there was a MAJOR down hill which was harder than the uphill...and I like downhill, but I don't like feeling like I am going to fall!  Luckily no fall for me!

As we were splitting from the full marathoners the 1st Male Leader for the full was coming by with the pacer truck...awesome!  I tried to hitch a ride with the pacer truck, but no such luck...I was stuck to run with my own legs...darn'it!

Oh and I forgot to tell you, around mile 3, my ankle/shin started feeling...uh, not so great!  Nice...really?  Then by mile 9 my hip started to hurt!  This had never happened to me and with my Olympic Tri, 2-weeks away and Ragnar Relay in a was time to be smart and tell Julie to run ahead while I took a walking break.  It was hard, but honestly the best thing I could have done.  I let her fly and she did!

Better to be SMART than regret it while in pain later.  I haven't walked in a half for a while and I know I could have pushed through, but the minute I started walking my hip had some relief and then I got to feel the blisters forming on my was so special!  I ran and walked and it was nice to enjoy the views and see friends run by!

My hip was feeling way better and then it was time to climb the last hill to the finish line...yah, a friggen HILL to the finish...what's worse is the marathoners had to do the same!  NO FUN for you!  It wasn't all that bad and before I knew it I was SMILING for the camera at the FINISH line and snatching my award medal for my 4th Rock-n-Roll Seattle and my 7th HALF MARATHON!  As far as my time goes, it wasn't my BEST or WORST and with walking a bit at the end, I'm fine with the final results!

 A few highlights...(a few will be repeated from above):
  • Starting with my friends in CORRAL 11
  • Having a Brooks VIP Potty Pass, it's TOTALLY worth it!
  • Having the professional race photographers take lot of pictures of our bloggy meet-up prior to race
  • Not being nervous
  • Seeing friends that I haven't seen forever around mile 2-3
  • Drinking some nuun at the nuun headquarters, THANKS NUUN!
  • Talking to Julie about how I got her into running and then realizing she has kept me running...that's cool!
  • Seeing, Jamie in the first mile of her 2nd marathon...then seeing her finish and not limping when she came to meet-up with us...SWEET!
  • Seeing another friend around mile 11-12 and trying to catch up to say HI!  I never did until the finish line...but she for sure helped me push harder and run faster!
  • Only having to run 13.1 and not 26.2
  • It didn't rain!
  • Having friends finish their first HALF....HOLLA!
My friend, Julie ran her first HALF marathon and did amazing!  She allowed me to slow her down so we could do it was a great day!  Two years ago I helped her start running and during this half she helped me keep going!  Funny how the tables can turn sometime...isn't it great!

Teach people to run, 
so they will help you continue to run!

We had a wonderful time staying at a dear friend's house, Chelsea who is the most amazing HOSTESS!  Food, coffee, bathrooms...yah...see...she is AMAZING!  She drove us right to the gear-check!  She knows how to move around Seattle...and we are GRATEFUL!  She was also on the course trying to get people wasted, to run faster with mimosa's and taking all the gear we didn't want arm warmers!  At the finish line she had more beverages, peanut butter m&m's and orange slices!  Yah, friend a race girl could have!  Then we went back to her place and she made us lunch...yes, I have already reserved her place for June 2013!  So fun!

*Oh and please check out some my friends who joined me for RnR Seattle and blogged about it:
(Thanks Lauren for putting this list together, I added a few more)


Runner Maybe said...

Sounds like you had a great time, I know I did. Thanks for adding the list I like to read everyones experince.

Sybil said...

Oh my, sounds like you had an amazing time! I am inspired that I may some day be able to break away from being a slave to my Garmin in a race. Too bad I am "meeting" so many bloggers after the AMR party and RnR! Oh, well. Now I will know to look for you next year. Thank you including me on the list of recaps!

H Love said...

You did great and I love the pic with your hands up! You are so funny. I laughed when I read your "special" moment with your blisters and hip. I may just having to sign up for #5....Golden Year! See you very soon!!

fancy nancy said...

Jill this looks like so much fun!!!! Seriously you ladies had a blast!!!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

It was neat to see you and Julie after mile 8, and to watch her go on and kick my a$$. She made this course look easy.

track coach and adorable wife said...

As always, it was spectacular to see you! Glad you just had fun on this little run. I'll be cheering for you at Bonney Lake!

magdalena glina said...

All the pics look so fun. I cant wait to do it next year! :)

Fruit Fly said...

Sounds like you had such a fun weekend! I must admit I REALLY liked this course! I liked last year's with all the extra time at the lake, but this one was so fun for me. That hill at mile 5? What was that?? I was running down with my arms ready to catch me when I fell... thank goodness I didn't!

So seriously we were in the same places at the same time -but never met! Funny! It gets so overwhelming for me when I get around the huge groups of people. I freeze and it all turns into one big blur... but a fun one!

Congrats on running a great race!! -- and on scoring some new shoes!

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