I look forward to the Rock N Roll Seattle Race every year. It has turned into a few days of fun with Bloggers, friends and FOOD!!
09- My first Marathon
10-Marathon with Marlene
11- Running 1/2 with Amanda and Jess
The race start area was new so we did not know where anything was. We just kept walking, posed for a few photographers, then found the Brooks Pit stop with NO LINES!! I gave Mel a hug and enjoyed the VIP treatment.
I felt pretty out of it, thinking I should have eaten more than 1 piece of PB toast and I started to get nervous about my foot/ankle. I knew there were people I wanted to meet/see, but could not remember who.. Thankfully Laura HERE introduced herself, ADORABLE in pink and green. We got a few great photos then all parted.
|Jesse was much more nervous the year before...again the ONLY guy|
Harmony was in my corral but disappeared and I was solo. A pretty blonde introduced herself at Courtney and said she reads my Blog, AWESOME!! Someone to talk to, Thanks Courtney for chatting with me. I waited for Tiff who went to get water. Again the nerves came. We snapped a pre-race photo. I did not know what to expect when Tiffany and I set out. I hoped for a 1:55-1:59:59
|Razzyroo headband, Run Like a Mother tank, Skirtsports skirt, SLS socks and Brooks Shoes|
1- 9:12- I wanted to go FAST, legs felt good. I normally start races way too fast, this time I tried to keep it in check and just run.
2- 8:00- Garmin going CRAZY in the city. I need to turn off Autopause, my watched stopped while I was running.. then showed we were going 3:24 pace.. hmmmm?? I was happy to see a low paced mile, earned us some time for the later HILLS. But then again who knows if that was accurate?
I wanted to go fast, but I also REALLY wanted to run with Tiff. I think I may carry water next year, I am too tempted to walk the water stops.
4- 8:59- Back on track pace wise for a sub 2:00 Half and feeling good. I really enjoy running with Tiff, she is super positive and fun to talk to. I was bummed I did not get to see many of my friends on the course at the start.
5- 8:58- Cruising Along, smiling at photogs, I felt AMAZING at this point. There were so many photographers on the course, before and after. I LOVE the pictures, but I cannot afford the prices all photos credit to Marathon Photo.
6- 10:06- GIANT HILL!!! I mean GIANT. And you could see it coming from a distance, I felt my legs slow just thinking about running it. They had about 4 timing mats on the ground before the hill, not sure what those were for?? We tried to jog but quickly realized that fast walking was the ONLY way we would make it up. Down was super steep too, my ankle and knee were yelling at me to SLOW DOWN.. I think I took a Gu during the mile, but I am not totally sure.
7- 9:19- Trying to get back to pace. We spotted Alma and just after her Chelsea. We tossed our SWEATY arm sleeves at her. Thanks Chelsea, Love you!! This is my favorite part of the course along Seward Park. I love the Remembrance Flags and all the people cheering. BUT I also know that the HILL to get up is coming.
8- 10:27- I am probably not remembering right but I think this mile had another HILL and possibly a tunnel. I was starting to fade and getting really negative.. Tiff said to me “Just Run,” which was what I needed to hear. I LOVE the little Cheerleaders along the course, they make me smile.
9- 9:02- About this time the Gu kicked in and I wanted to go for a Sub 2:00. I did the math and knew I needed to speed up to make it. Tiff and I had been together up to this point.. I should not have left her..if I had it to do again, I would not have sped up. There was a sign that said “High Five Station” so I had to swing past for a quick HIGH FIVE.
10- 8:48- Downhill felt good! My stride was strong. I passed the Chocolate Milk gal we met the day before and cheered her on. I weaved around people cruising… but it was short lived… I burned through the Gu and was back to total fatigue.
|Not from this point in the race but this is how I felt.|
12- 11:13- I had NOTHING left, not sure it it want mental or physical, I wanted to run to be done but I couldn't move.. so I walked when I had to and jogged when I could. I took in the scenery and hoped I could dig deep. Tiffany caught back up to me, and we ran together again but I couldn't hang on.. I wanted to so badly :( My little Friend Lindsey, who I have only seen in real life on Rock N Roll race courses x3 passed me and cheered me on (Small world she is friends with Marathonlar).
13- 9:11- Working my way toward the finish, I don't like tunnels so I sped through to the UPHILL Finish. REALLY UPHILL FINISH??? Pure Evil!! My foot/ankle was aching and I felt like I could not put my full weight on it, not sure what is up with it??
.29- 9:52- I could see the Finish and I was walking again.. did my best to smile at the Finish but the photos tell another story, this is the reality people, no posed smiles or waves…. I was BEAT!!
Half Marathon #10- 2:06:24- Official Time. Another Seattle Rock N roll in the books, not my day, but I did enjoy the run, the HILLS not-so-much. This is a (sorta) solo PW for me..but I Finished and that is what counts!! Already Registered for 2013 Half.