"Another Mother Runner" Evening...
A great night to kick of the festivities with Sarah and Dimity...you 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, RunningSkirts.com 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 heart...so 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 month...it 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 feet...it 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
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!
Teach people to run,
so they will help you continue 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 oh...so... GRATEFUL! She was also on the course trying to get people
*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)