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, February 22, 2010

We are Goofy

Stats for 2/20:
Time- 2:12:28
15.22- Miles
8:42- Pace
Lovely day and new bloggy meet up.

I got am email from Emily at Sweat Once a Day that she would be in town for business and wanted to meet up for a long run. Always up to meet new Bloggies I shared the plan and directions. I told her we would wait if she got lost. But as luck would have it I was the "Last to Arrive." (anyone else love the Amazing Race?) Zoe and Emily were already there for the 28' start to the clear morning. Hope she is a hugger because that is how I greet people, BIG TALL MOM HUGS! Keep that in mind if you plan on meeting me in the near future :)

My hope was to run 15 miles, 3 warm up, 7 at Goal Pace 8:20 and 5 cool down. As we got going we were in a pack with all the Fleet Feet buddies including Lioness Janna. Just after pointing out the Buffalo to Emily we cruised past the first water stop, we all had our handhelds. Janna took off, she was in the zone. We were all getting to know each other, leading questions and all. Eventually I could tell that Zoe was not feeling it, her lungs were bothering her. She told us to go ahead but I would rather slow than leave her, so we slowed for about a mile. I could tell that she needed to be on her won so we went on ahead...MIND YOU I THOUGHT OF HER EVERY STEP!! I am very Mama Bear that way.

We reached the 8 foot wood latte, my LOVE!! Passed Paul, the owner of Fleet Feet, who knew we had gone passed our training plan miles...OOPS :) Got to the turnaround and stopped because my shoe was giving me issues. As we turned I could see Zoe, she was not far behind. She still did not feel ready to regroup, so Emily and I went on.

During the run I found out many many cool things about this Beautiful running Blogger. Did you know that Emily has qualified for Boston 3 times and will be running Boston in April? HELLO!! I told her that if I do not qualify in Eugene that I will have to ask her to pace me, she quickly informed me that she thinks I am ready.. Thank for the confidence Em!! I was amazed that she planned to run the Birch Bay Marathon the day after this run, I told her that she would be doing "Washington Goofy +2" 15 miles followed by a Marathon, very cool!! I won't spoil her thunder but I just got a text, she rocked it!
With a mile to go we stopped because in my Running Birdwatcher manner I spotted SAM. Perfect time for a photo op...we look a bit like a Nike Ad. Emily hit the outlet malls in Everett and scored some great Nike gear.
Sam was not alone, he was perched in the upper tree below and very hard to tell is another Bald Eagle on the tree closest to the river. Sam's sister Samantha perhaps?
We kicked it to the Finish, then turned to find Zoe, who was about 30 seconds behind. She zoomed past us with music blaring. Funny she ran right past Janna, so fast she could not even see her. The run was done, weather and company were amazing!
Janna took our photo, she is supportive of our Running Blogger needs :) We are all in Nike.. Funny! There were two places to eat. The Park Bench was a tiny place that said "Now Open for Breakfast," or a Steak and Pasta place that the Fleet Feet guys were going to eat at, it resembled a dark bar. Hmmmm, I am all about atmosphere. We all stripped to change, then I put my keys and money in a safe place. NOTE: If I put things in a safe place I will lose them for 10 minutes++ trying to find them. The girls waited and I eventually found them.. sorry ladies.
The place was tiny and cute!! Our waiter Bumpy, Burpy, Jason was totally sarcastic. I don't do well with sarcasm, and after 15 miles I really don't do well. I had a hard time keeping up with what was real and what was a joke. I want creamer...do I really have to re-order?
JUST GIVE ME FOOD!!!
Janna and Emily ordered Tea and it came in a crazy holder. Jason gave us a lesson, as the girls posed with the tea Janna hit the wrong spot and TEA EVERYWHERE.. OOPs! Jason pulled me in my chair out of the way to clean up. SEE JUST FEED US!
The food was AMAZING! I got an egg, potato, onion, bacon, mushroom and cheese scramble and thick wheat toast and COFFEE! YUMMERs, I cleared my plate. We sat for a long time chatting, eating, laughing at Jason and just relaxing. LOVED EVERY MINUTE! Thanks to Muscle Man for watching the boys so I could relax with the girls.
All good things must come to an end :( We asked a cute old couple to take our photo, the woman passed the camera to her hubby. Thanks Girls! This run and meal was a great start to a fab weekend. Can't wait for Emily to come back. And I am going to MISS Zoe and Janna while I am out of town, I will be in Colorado the next 2 Saturdays :( Some very different, snow or treadmill long runs posts to come. Want to read more? Check out the posts from Zoe HERE and Emily HERE.
  • HAPPY MONDAY!
How was your weekend?

37 comments:

Alicia said...

You are going to love running at a higher elevation. Just a new challenge and you love challenges!

I love reading this run from all your different perspectives. Great recap and fun pics!

Kim said...

You always look like you have so much fun on your runs!! I want to run with you!

MCM Mama said...

What fun!n Some day I'll want to run with you!n Of course, it'll be a tempo run for me and an easy recovery run for you LOL.

Morgan said...

What a great run and I am uber jealous you got to meet Emily! I heart her! :)

Staci Dombroski said...

How fun! We had amazing weather here this weekend so we went to the zoo, ran, biked, and had a great time with the family and friends :-) Have a great week!

Jill said...

I don't like sarcastic waiters - I'm there to eat for heaven's sake!! :). Sounds like an awesome run...what gorgeous pictures, too! Have a great week!!

aron said...

soooo fun :) awesome job on the run!! looks like a great day!

Kerrie T. said...

Looks like so much fun!

Velma said...

Love it!! Rule number one for servers - do not mess with hungry runners!

Zoƫ said...

High altitude training! You got it!

I'm sure you'll have some great photo ops in Colorado too. :)
See ya in a couple weeks, Amazon Mel!

Marlene said...

Great recap! What an awesome morning with the ladies. Mmmm, your breakfast is making me hungry!!! Funny about the goofy waiter..... I'm all about having a laugh but I would also have had some trouble following after a 15-miler.

WAY TO GO, by the way. :)

And I love hugs!!!!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Great recap! Sounds like so much fun. G and I are totally coming out there next year. Consider yourself warned!

and Amazing Race is the best!

marathonmaiden said...

after a 15 mile run all i want is food too. great running and wonderful pics

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

What a great visit and run!

I love reading all these bloggy meet ups. Neat to read everyone's re-telling.

Have have traveling.

objectsevents said...

so many things that made me giggle here-- "safe place" = lose things (that is me too), and nike ad- look at you gals!!! SWOOOOOSH :)

i also love your white visor!!! :)

happy monday mel, have a greaaaat day!!!!

X-Country2 said...

Post-run food with running friends is THE BEST!

Shells said...

I have one running buddy in particular that I sign up for races with on the premise that we do a proper post-race breakfast afterward! Fun times. If I were in WA I'd totally run with you! Alas, I'm stuck in the Midwest, and still running ~4 mi at a time... Sigh.

Tricia said...

So fun!

And I had a great weekend, got to cheer my hubby on in his first 1/2 marathon.

Katie A. said...

I love your recaps! You guys did an awesome job! You're rockin' the training girly - so excited for you!!!
And so jealous you got a fun bloggy meet-up! In beautiful weather! Happy Monday and great job on the runs :)

Heather said...

Great job on the run - so much fun to run with the girls.

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Sounds like a great run and great company!

Amy @ Second City Randomness said...

Oh, you girls really are a Nike Ad in action! I feel like intense and dramatic music should be playing in the background... :)

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great run and a great time!
My mom came into town for a 'girls weekend.' It was a fun time for sure! Didn't workout for two days but we walked ALL over the city. Seriously.

ajh said...

Loved reading this post of course. So glad Em got to meet you. I know she loved it! Now she's back on the East Coast! I had fun thinking of her "racing with me" during our races on Sunday. Great weekend all around.

Emily said...

1. LOVED the hug. I knew we would be fast friends.

2. And by fast friends, I mean FAST friends. You 100 percent are going to knock that BQ out of the park, but I still think it would be great fun to run a marathon with you some day!!!

3. I had SO MUCH FUN. (Have I said that yet? I can't say it enough!) Can't wait for my next trip out! Have a BLAST in Colorado! Can't wait to hear about the high altitude runs!

J said...

Definitely looks like it was a great run and a great time! It was fun reading Zoe's and Emily's posts!

Erica said...

I really have to get super fast! You guys sound like so much fun! When you get the giggles you just can't stop!

The waiter just thought all you runner chicks were hotttt and did not know how to react to having all you buff, runner chicks at one table!!

Have a great time in CO you will rock it out I am sure!

and Muscle Man is a super nice Daddy to let you have the morning with the girls!

Have a happy Monday!

Melissa said...

Great run! Sorry the waiter was a weirdo!!

Cynthia O'H said...

Sounds like you had a great day - and that Boston is in sight! Way to go!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Another awesome blogger meet-up for you! :) Great pics!

Oz Runner said...

sounds like a great run...

yes, love amazing race...

Michelle said...

Fun run and great pics!

The Shabby Princess said...

How fun!! Love all the pics--y'all are too cute!

Hannah said...

I loved reading your recap (and the recaps by Zoe and Emily, too). What a fun time with friends! Yay for a bloggy meetup!

My weekend was great - new mileage PB! Yippeee!

The Happy Runner said...

Looks like so much fun! I agree w/you on sarcastic waiters :-)

Jameson said...

Why do I love blogging? Because I run into pictures of my sister across the United States running with technically strangers and or internet predators.

Jameson said...

Jokes of course, what an awesome way to connect.