6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Starbucks Secret

I know I know...I should have the posting of my first 1/2 Marathon including photos and a riveting race report....WELL you will have to wait...because running 13.1 miles is tiring and it is going to take me a bit to put it all into words. I promise to have something by tonight or tomorrow morning..

On Saturday we went to the Race Expo...which was really a few vendors in the park. Hubby got a new New Balance running outfit and I found NOTHING...but it was still fun to be there. I was really curious about the race route so we drove it prior to the expo. I quickly learned that they were not kidding when they said "Rolling Hills" the whole course was hills. As we drove I tried to compare the hills to my training runs and mentally prepare my strategy...as a Rookie I need all the help I can get. It was a BEAUTIFUL day and the weather was to be just as good on race day...YIPPEE!!! We continued on the course and hubby planned out the best way to meet me along the way. This quick drive proved to help us both out a ton..

Back to the Race Expo to wait in the LONG line of 1/2 Marathon peeps.. As an event planner I reserve the right to just registration tables....but as these people were volunteers I chose to keep my mouth shut...well one thing, make sure that you have more volunteers dedicated to the line that will have the MOST people....event planning 101. So I got in line and Dave took the boys for a few circles around the park. I was just behind a scruffy looking red-head, a beautiful granola blond holding a petite little toddler and an ex-military woman. I am not shy to chat with people so I joined the conversation whenever I felt the need.

Little did I know that talking with these people would TOTALLY save me. All three had run several races and competed in the Capital City 1/2 a few times. They welcomed me to the group. The thin red-head in sunglasses said he ran Boston the previous month....um OK so I guess I should listen to the guy...LOL.. He talked about races, showed his gnarly blister from his work boots and eventually turned just to me. Whispering "Tomorrow morning the Honey Bucket line is going to be really LONG. Last year I went to the Starbucks and there were only 3 people. Make sure you do that, but please, don't tell anyone." I took a mental note and smiled that he would share his secret with me. Eventually we made it to the front, got our chips, SWEET marathon pullovers and eco-friendly bags. They also had Chocolate Gu...YUCK no thanks..I am a fruity Gu-er.

I got a little nervous, this was all very real. The rest of the day I was all-over the place. From Olympia, got dressed in 15 minutes, then down to Sumner for Courtney's Sweet 16, back home for a mound of Spaghetti with shrimp and biscuits, loaded the boys to take them to Grandma and Grandpas for the night, then to see Wolverine..FULL day!!! Needless to say when my head hit the pillow I was out. Hubby had running dreams, FUNNY!! We set out early, I ate my usual..coffee, bagel with cream cheese and jam, water and Redbull.

Parking was on the street, WHAT A PAIN!! We parked pretty far away and I REALLY had to use the facilities, nervous mommy bladder. The line for the blue smelly toilets was forever long...so I took my new friends advice. Into Starbucks and there were 3 guys and 1 girl and dedicated gender stalls. And guess who was there?? My red-head buddy in a bright yellow Boston shirt, he gave me a high five and was glad I took his advice. Funny how the littlest things can make your day. Who knows why we ended up in line together twice but he TRULY helped out a ROOKIE... Off to the starting line...

OK I won't leave you in total suspense. I am a 1/2 Marathoner and a pretty decent one at that.. Race report to come. And welcome to my new followers :)


Felice Devine said...

Congratulations, half marathoner! Looking forward to the full report!

Melanie Tait said...

You've built the suspense brilliantly, Mel! I can't wait for your 1/2 marathon post please!

Congrats on being a half marathoner!

Most of all well done on finding a nice, clean toilet :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Congrats! Great pre-race report, looking forward to the next post!! Well done!

J said...

Congrats on finishing the half marathon! Such a great accomplishment! Can't wait to hear about it!

Rookie on the Run said...

Thank God for Starbucks! And for people who talk to strangers in line. ;D I do that too.

I can't wait to read the full report! I have to say, I am not at all surprised to hear that you are a "decent" 1/2 marathoner. I bet you are an awesome 1/2 marathoner!!!!

Too funny about your hubby having the running dreams. :D

Velma said...

No fair teasing us!

Kelly said...

Hi new follower here :)
Just wanted to say congrats on being a half marathoner!