Amanda (5 Miles Past Empty) was my first Bloggy meet up on 10-10-09, yes we are approaching our 1 year friendiversary. Read all about our "First Running Date" HERE. You know when you meet someone and you just CLICK., well that is how our friendship is. YES we are different, I am an ANAL race morning freak. showing up an hour before the start, going to the Honey Bucket multiple times, etc.. and she is a just before the gun arrival, possibly not registered until the day of the race and chill type of gal. Every time we hang it is a BLAST... which makes me even more SAD because she is leaving.. On 10-10-10 after her Portland Marathon she will move to a land far far away...yes on our Friendiversary... I had a fleeting thought to sign up for the Marathon last minute to spend 26.2 with her, but ALAS it is SOLD OUT!! URGH!!
With time RUNNING short I was happy that we could connect for a 12 miler on Saturday, I was EXCITED to run with Amanda, but a bit fearful to run in parts of Tacoma.. Just after I parked my NEW JEEP a crazy dude yelled "Put your hands in the Ai-er!" LORDY, please keep my car safe..
We set out, Amanda fighting off a cold and me HOPING that I was not too out of shape. The run was GREAT despite the multiple traffic light stops and the train. We even passed an Alzheimer's Memory Walk, there were signs along our route which made me think of my Grandma who had Alzheimer's and died in 2007. about mid-way I spotted a waving woman and QUICKLY realized the waving was for US. It was Jill at Running 2 Sanity HERE. There are many weirdos in Tacoma, but Jill is one of the good ones... HEHEHEHE!! We stopped and chatted, we also tried to convince the young woman walking by wearing a Rock N Roll Seattle T-shirt that she should run a FULL Marathon once in her life.. LOL!! We snapped a few photos..
Lovin my girls!! I GENERALLY am not critical of pictures, but UGH!! I can see every chocolate bar and fast food item consumed the past month flopping over my fuel belt. Hard Core Abs goal for Boston- FAIL!!! Time to get that core in shape to work for me in races.
Jill's buddy Andrea was not feeling well, but I truly did not mean to cut her head off, sorry buddy!!
- We set back out, a bit stiff from the long stop, talking about marriage, kids, running and anything else that came up. NEVER ever a shortage of conversation, well I lied, we did not talk much on the MONSTER HILL!! Hello jello legs.. I prefer the flat waterfront route.
Although I did feel on edge and like I should have been carrying a tire iron on the run (like the old lady in the park who had it for "my protection"), it was pretty safe, Amanda knew where to go. 12 miles DONE!!
- I am going to miss Amanda soooo much, I know it is not goodbye, but with time RUNNING short it sure feels like it.
- Have you made friends through running/blogging? Tell me about your experience. And make sure to celebrate those Friendiversaries!