6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Latte-Athon 15 Miler

Stats for 12/27:
Time- 2:24:16
15.03- Miles
9:36- Pace
COLD run on the Orting trail out to the 9 foot Latte and back with Zoe.

This week I had been sending Zoe messages about running to the 8 Foot Latte in South Prairie with me, with the promise she would be handsomely rewarded at the end of the 15 mile trek with a Latte on Tall Mom. So for fun I am calling our AMAZING run today the...

LATTE-ATHON 15 MILER:

During my Marathon training I loved the 15 miler because first, I crossed city lines and second, along the path is a 8-9 Foot wooden Latte. For a coffee freak, like me, this was a TREAT!! I have a few photos with my TALL LATTE friend, and have longed to go back to visit.

Zoe's longest run to date was her sub 2 hour Seattle Half Marathon effort end of November. So this run would be her LONGEST RUN EVER!! How sweet is that? When I pulled in to park Zoe was already there...UMMM WHAT?? That NEVER EVER happens to me because I am always 5-15 minutes early, years of basketball practice have me trained. VERY IMPRESSIVE ZOE!! I had double packed everything in case she forgot anything, I am an event planner and MOM= Overly Anal and prepared. (She did not need the water bottle, gloves, Gu or ear covers I brought, LOL!)

We set out in COLD temps just under 30', my fingers and backside were FROZEN. There was no shortage of conversation, from Christmas gift recaps, to movies, to abnormal fears, any and all topics came out on the trail. At one point we were talking about our shared fear of DOGS when...dun dun dun...ahead there was a LARGE and dark figure. "What is that?" A beast of amazing stature, possibly a Bear, Sloth or "Rodent of Unusual Size." The Irony that we would run past a SCARY and RABID Rottweiler while admitting our canine apprehension. In truth it was a beautiful, docile, ground sniffing, Black Dog with a slight hobble who, we hope, was just out for a morning stroll.

Soon after we reached the Half-way point and my TALL LATTE friend. Zoe was slightly distracted taking photos of semi-homeless cats but soon joined in the fun.. I SUCK at taking pictures with her IPhone, and had to take off my gloves.. go to Zoe's Blog to see more photos.
OK I know I look like a DORK but this running outfit was so right for so many reasons.. I was warm and comfortable, mission accomplished..

We passed very few runners/walkers/bikers/fisherman/lurkers on the trail. The frost covered the grass and moss creating a winter wonderland. The murky ponds were frozen over and the usual ranky smells were barely noticeable. This run was the last for my Asics. I crossed the finish line of my Marathon in these shoes, but now they are DONE.. (Tall Grandpa and Grandma gifted a $100 gift certificate to Fleet Feet which I will be spending ASAP! THANK YOU!!) The trail was CRAPPY today literally, there were piles of various feces scattered over the miles. We had swerved to avoid the CRAP but my poor size 10's ended up in a small pile, nice send-off huh?
With just 1 mile to go we saw a Bald Eagle snacking on a large fish. It is hard to tell from this photo but we were CLOSE to the majestic bird. We stopped to enjoy the rare sight, BIG MISTAKE. After 14 miles it is TOUGH to get started again. We got moving and were coasting for a negative split last mile. We passed the pasture where a cow was on the outside of the fence cry-mooing on the way out, thankfully a good cowmaritan had let the cow in the wire fence with his moo-friends.

We were DONE and Mount Rainier was out in full force.

Zoe rockin the shades and me in my new Brooks hat. This seems to be my signature pose, so I went with it..
When the running was done it was time for the REWARD!! and to warm up... Unfortunately in Orting there are not many options so we went to the Starbucks in the Safeway. Grande Non-Fat Peppermint White Mocha and Grande Non-Fat Mint Latte, I am sure I embarrassed Zoe when I boasted about our 15 miles to the barista, yes I have a healthy sense of PRIDE :)

More chatting about gun-time vs. chip-time frustration, the many words that end in "Athon" and "Athalon", 2010 Goals (Coming soon) and other topics I chose to omit, things are much funnier after having run 15 miles. WE SLOWLY raised ourselves standing, hello calf soreness, quick hug and parted ways.

CONGRATS to Zoe and her new distance PR!!! You are 333% poised for a 2010 Marathon. In case you are keeping track I am just 8.3 miles away from 1,033 miles :)

  • HAPPY MONDAY!!


***I have this week off from work, so I will not be near a computer.. I hope to stop in the Bloggy world once my boys are all in dream land..

36 comments:

Katie A. said...

What an awesome run! You both did great!!! The bald eagle and the mountains make for such a beautiful running path - so jealous! Enjoy your week off! :)

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The Happy Runner said...

Nice! Go get those 8.3 miles :-)

KAT said...

Your run sounds AMAZING :) Awesome job!

Kelly said...

Yummm...a latte is my absolute favorite "recovery" drink...although I sometimes drink them without a reason too!!

runningcommentaries said...

I love that huge latte! And the regular ones...

That run sounds like a blast. Great job on the 15 :)

Heather said...

I can't imagine being able to run 15 miles or having it be enjoyable because I'm not that fit yet but the scenery was beautiful. Congrats on a great run.

Melissa said...

ummm...WOW
Love the pics. Now go out there and finish that 8.3

TMB said...

I'm sure I have said this before, but I am so jealous that you get to run with views like that whenever you want!

On another note, once you run those last 8.3 miles are you just going to stop running until New Year's Day? Or are you going to spread them out?

Lacey Nicole said...

what a happy energetic recap!!!!!!!!!!!! and quite the adventure too... latte to latte. lol. you crack me up!!!! i bet everyone in your hometown knows you, and loves you! :)

happy retirement to your marathon asics!!!!!!!!!!!!

and congrats on a great run. 15 woot woot!!!!!!!!! that is AWESOME. i gotta get back up there :)

shellyrm said...

That run had it all! A great trail, good company, a nearly mad dog (heehee), a bald eagle, sadly a soon to be dead fish, a tall wooden latte and loads of poop. What more could you ask for!

Oh that's right, 8.3 more miles. Way to go Mel!

Velma said...

Love it! Awesome run and pictures!!!

April said...

Love the huge latte!! So cute! Sounds like it was a great run and great coffee talk!

runninaround said...

CONGRATS! I'm so jealous! I wish I had more running friends around...I hate solo running. Love the pictures =) and sorry about the crap...

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Morgan said...

LMAO at the pics and the randomness along the way. Long runs are always more fun with a friend! Good job ladies!!!

Good luck squeezing the last of the mileage in girl!!!

Stacie said...

Awesome blog post. I really wish I had friends to run with. It sounds like a great place to run. I'm getting pumped for the new year and new challenges I've set for myself.

Meg Runs said...

I love the latte run idea...very motivating and your outfit was totally cute and warm!

J said...

Sounds like so much fun! It sure has been cold out though for running! Your outfit looks great! I try not to look at myself once i am fully dressed for running...too embarrassing for me! Enjoy your week off!

onelittletrigirl said...

I am always 5-15 mins early for everything as well!!! For me, it was years of softball and skating practices :)

That looks like a fun run!

Julie said...

Hi Mel,
I just got done checking out your blog and I love it! You have so many great pictures. I also love basketball! I unfortunatly did not play in high school or college. I was a cheerleader because sadly I wasn't coordinated enough to actually play:) My fourteen year old daughter plays and she is the shortest on the team at 5 feet 3 inches. She is a fast little point gaurd:) I look forward to reading your future blogs:)

RunToTheFinish said...

ok so I've been looking all over for your race schedule and can't find it... is the RNR you are doing in 5 months Seattle??

fancy nancy said...

That sounded like such a fun run!!! I love having something fun waiting for me at the end of my run! When I was younger I would pour myself a glass of something yummy and then I had that to look forward to at the end! Great job!

Alicia said...

Oh my! For a moment there, I really thought you guys encountered a rabid rottweiler! (And yes, I AM that girl who will believe anything. Terribly gullible.)

Anyway, great run. Great pace. Great company. So happy for you!

Always love your posts. Completely adorable! I'm going to have to go and check out Zoe's blog...

Rookie on the Run said...

I'm packing up my house, the kids, and the hubby and calling a moving truck RIGHT NOW! I am so jealous of where you live (I must say that in every comment).

GREAT pictures! You and Zoe are so stinking adorable. Awesome job to both of you!

Christina said...

Great job to Zoe on the run. One day I hope to run with you.

I love the Princess Bride reference.

Christina said...

Enjoy your week off from work.

Jo Lynn said...

I'm so happy someone let the cow back into his yard.
I notice Zoe has on an REI wind breaker. Thumbs up!!
This time of year, don't worry about how the outfit looks, just concern yourself with how it performs. ;)

busyrunningmama said...

Hello Tall Mom! I have missed you! Glad to see you are well! Great job on the 15 miler and bloggy meet up! You rock!!

RunKathyRun said...

I want to run a LATTE A THON; is the course a driveable distance from Portland?

Happy running in 2010

Running Diva Mom said...

Always a HUGE smile on your face -- love it!! Congrats!!

Alisa said...

When can I come up and run to the Latte! I love coffee...the bigger the better in my opinion!

Looks like an awesome run.

Wifey said...

Sounds like a great time. Your post are always so inspirational!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Badgergirl said...

Sounds like a great run! Enjoy your week off of work!

Mary said...

What a cute post!! Looks like it was fun and WOW on the PR and the milage for you!! Bring on the new year and bigger and better goals!! Have a good break!

Zoƫ said...

Mel Mel Mel! I completely spaced on commenting on this post. Oops. Seriously couldn't have done this run without you! Makes me wonder what the next long run will bring? Bears? Goats? Unicorns? I guess we'll have to wait and see. Happy New Year to the Tall Fam!

Marlene said...

What a fun buddy run! Yes, I am jealous. Post-run Starbucks is the best. :)