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?