We had a little difficulty finding the start area, but were soon set...Me Pre-race in my Running Skirt and Brooks Green Silence Shoes and FAVORITE Run Happy Hat.
There was a skate park which the boys used as slides, they were pretty cute, running and sliding.
Soon we settled in for pre-race announcements. I looked around... Hmmmmm lots of fast looking guys but not too many ladies..34 people total. OK then, guess I will try to keep up with the guys. I did a Half mile warm-up, felt silly running too much with such a small field.
That photos cracks me up!! What am I doing, the guy just in front of me is FAST, he won.
And off we go, see the guy in the grass green shirt? He and I took 1st and 2nd in a small race in 2009 it was fun to see him again, he is SPEEDY!
Love the strides..
Mile 1= 6:41
This mile was GREAT! I held back so I would not burn out, for once I wanted to race smart and save some for the end of the race. Most of the mile was downhill and through a neighborhood. I felt strong and was kicking it with the big boys. My stride was fluid.
Mile 2= 7:33
This was on a gravel trail with little hills. I had a hard time finding my footing and my knee started to BURN. I am not used to uneven surfaces and my lack of shock absorbers, 2 knee surgeries on my left knee, makes for a painful run. I passed a young male runner in a yellow shirt on the uphill, my Green shirt buddy was just in front. The path went through wetland areas which was very pretty!! On the return I saw the 2nd place female, I smiled and said "Good Job." There was a girl who looked maybe 13, she had taken off her racing shirt, probably got too hot. She was ADORABLE and did really well.
Mile 3= 8:25
Out of the gravel and the HILLS that had helped me early on were coming back to haunt me. My legs were toast and I could feel the lactic acid building. I realized my STOOOPID shoe was untied, Rookie mistake! I stopped to tie it and got passed by 2 people. UGH!! Back UP UP UP.. Ouch, I do not like hills!! It was a relief to make it to the top but I had lost precious time. I was SLOW and pretty mad at myself.
We took a right and ran down down down a steep hill, hmmmm, pretty sure this means that there is a KILLER hill on the other side. Zoomed around and there is was, the LEG TRASHER HILL. .2 left and a HILL! I tried to get my legs to work but they were done. Sprinting up hills is not fun, good for me, but not fun. I could hear clapping and knew I was close. Turned the corner and could see the Finish. I knew Muscle Man and the Little Studs would be waiting, and taking pictures. I tried to look strong, but I was TOAST!!
#1 coming down the last stretch.
CLASSIC Tall Mom, mouth wide open, hair bouncing, T-Rex arms, and a clown?? AWESOMELY bad picture.. makes me laugh!! FYI I will be doing some arm work after seeing this photo, wow have I lost muscle.
And to the Finish where I was greeted by the amazing Race Director. I told her that the course was TOUGH and HILLY, she said she meant to run it before, I told her she should do it to see, wowzers!!
1st Place Female at 22:50 7:20ish pace
The boys wanted Balloons and I could not resist posing with a Clown, only in Black Diamond.
What a TREAT to have the Boys there, they were really good for Daddy.
My awesome Muscle Man hubby, this will be 2 weeks in a row as I have recruited him to drive and take Pictures for See Jane Run Half Marathon this coming weekend. Love you honey!!
One TREASURE was the amazing day and seeing Mount Rainier in the background. There were fun booths, a chili cook-off and trains that the boys explored. AWESOME! All in all a GREAT day! Yes I struggled, yes I feel less than stellar on hills and speed, but a Wins a win!!
- How was your weekend?
- Remind me again, who is running See Jane Seattle??