Stats for 2/13:
Fastest Mile- 8:14
Less Fast Mile- 9:16
Drizzly rainy day running the Million Inch++ Run on Interurban trail.
I got an email from a local Race Director who puts on FREE races. I forwarded the email to local Bloggy buddies Amanda, Kerrie and Zoe, I really should have people sign release forms when they join me :)
Kerrie and Zoe Parked at the Finish since the course was one way running from Auburn to deep in Tukwila on the Interurban trail. I planned to wear bright pink to match Zoe, but when I saw the rain I opted for my trusty Patagonia jacket. I was SOOO Excited when Amanda pulled in it had been too long.
Here we are festive and ready to RUN! Look at the funny guy to the right. We gathered together for announcements, Race Director Steve said there would be Orange arrows (chalk arrows and rain do not mix, just sayin) and 2 water stops manned by his beautiful daughter. He also announced that the 15.78 mile course was actually 16.4, Amanda was not there to hear that part. I opted not to tell her, probably a BAD choice on my part SORRY AMANDA, I just didn't want to hurt her spirit.
Some guy commented on our socks and told us he was wearing a pink jock strap... Ummmm?? Lets RUN!
The lovely Kerrie took photos along the way. This course is BORING! Long flat pavement with dry brush grass, train tracks, warehouses and puddles. My plan was to run the first 8 at BQ pace, Zoe joined me. It was WEIRD, I felt drained from the first step, no energy at all. Zoe told me to turn on my Ipod, which works with my old earbuds, but the cord is shorter so I was having issues.
-We saw many couples, Amorous birds together for Valentines- Ducks cuddles together on a log, and kissing crows. This lead me to say "If I were a Duck I would not live on the side of this boring trail, I would pick a sweet lake."
-Soon after there was a HUGE nest I dubbed the Hawk Mansion, which lead me to say "If I were a hawk I would have the biggest nest in the tallest tree."
-Our Socks were attention grabbers, a Man on bike said, "Are you with the other girl with the socks?" Hmmmm.. "Yes we are." Glad to know that Amanda was still plugging along. And a girl on an arm powered bike said "Love the socks." As much as I LOVED the socks, I wont be wearing festive socks for anything above a 5K again. My toes are not happy.
-Once we got to mile 8 we were both ready to slow. I took a Gu that QUICKLY worked.
-Just about then we hit my usual lunch run stomping grounds, the not pretty part. Interurban trail is long, straight and BORING. I started to be very chatty. Telling Zoe about all my adventures. She may or may not have turned up her music to tune me out, I would not blame her. The Gu really did the job!!
-We hit the water stop, thank you pretty daughter! We both had Orange Gatorade. Not sure why the course did not take us down my usual pretty path instead we took a short cut that ended by the soccer fields.
-On the trail there were 2 Canadian Geese, we coined a new term "Gice", If you would like the proper way to pronounce the word imagine Goonies "Hey you Gice" and you have it right. We both chuckled.
-We briefly stopped at a Casino to play "roulette". As we came out there was a pack of men rounding the corner, my competitive fire sparked and we sprinted ahead.
-I am sooooooo glad Zoe was there to direct, because I did not see the path to the right and the arrow had washed away. (Kerrie missed this turn and had a .5 mile detour)
-Along the path was a Mint Green Square house. I am not sure what the architect for this house was thinking. Perfect square, 3 windows, VERY STRANGE.
-The men had disappeared and it was Zoe and I headed to the Finish. My legs felt strong, I could have kept going. Zoe urged me to try for a Finish line kick, and it worked, we sprinted in to the non Finish Line. Free race, what do you expect?? We stopped our watches a few times along the course so the time is not totally accurate, but it counts for the parts we were running.
- We were freezing but kept walking, Kerrie had texted me and had taken a wrong turn. We found her and made a moving finish line. The photo at the end did not upload, will have to add it later.
- PS. How was your Weekend?
- PPS. CONGRATS to Christina at Lazy Bones Running, Tall Mom 1,000+++ Club member, on her BQ this weekend at the IMS Arizona Marathon!!