Cool morning on the Orting trail, 8 miles with Amanda and 6 miles solo.
I met Muscle Man on Match.com so I am not stranger to Internet dating....however Internet running dates, yesterday was my first. And I am happy to report that it was WONDERFUL!! As I pulled into the spot where we planned to meet there was a pony ride set up....UMMMM there was a pumpkin festival going on and cars everywhere. GREAT didn't plan on that! Thankfully Amanda found her way and quickly received a Tall Mom Hug...WARNED YOU :) HERE is Amanda's account of the day.. I am VERY sure that her fear of running with me is over...thanks to all who lightly convinced her to run :)
Quick self-photo before the Run. My plan was to run Amanda's pace during the first 8 miles and see where my legs were after that point for the last 6. Wow does a run go FAST when there is no shortage of conversation. We are natural running buddies, a match made in Bloggy Heaven. The trail was brisk just under 50' when we set out. Once we got past the BUSY town there were not many people on the trail...lots and lots of fishermen on the river. As promised I did not look at my watch.. Below are our stats from my Garmin 305:
mile 5-9:12 (I stopped to Gu and drink but turned off my watch)
SUPER great pace and run. When we were done I was not ready to run alone...it was too fun having company. As running Moms the days are planned out...so I knew she had to go. A few more photos...
Amanda adorable in photos and in person..
I should have taken a picture of the Orting town festival. When we finished our run there was a Pirate Parade going down the trail. I TOTALLY planned it.. Just kidding. There were vendors, a car show and people dressed in costume. Not the usual quiet trail.
Amanda wins for the best self-portrait. My cousin's girlfriend, who is a Marathon runner, told me about a Marathon training program hosted by Fleet Feet. It is $100 and includes personal designed training plan, nutritional support, clinic sessions and group runs on the weekends. I can use my half price gift card to cover the cost. So it would be $50!!! Starts in January to prepare for the Tacoma Marathon the first weekend in June. I am considering signing up...Amanda is thinking about it too.. Will see.
I KNOW we will run together again soon!!
The rest of my run was BORING...I wanted to see if I could pick up the pace after having 8 miles on my legs.. Here are my post buddy stats, I took a quick break to change, say BYE and drop off my fuel belt.
Half Marathon time- 1:53:41
Mile 14- 8:08
Other than the WEIRDO guy with no shirt on, the run was uneventful. I knew I would reward myself with a Smoothie after the run. Funny thing is the lady who helped me is a Marathon runner. She had just run Portland Marathon and said it was GREAT... Hmmm my in-laws just moved to Portland. Geeeezz this running thing is an addiction..
Congrats to ALL the runners this weekend. Beth, Morgan, and Carlee you ladies ROCK!!