|Our beautiful-and heavy-medal!|
|Me in runner's paradise. I will take one of everything please!|
|Cynthia and I- you know you want our autographs!|
|Already scoping out our next race!|
|Our fun trading cards Zoe made!|
|Getting my gear ready!|
|I decided to be colorful!|
I walked right up to the starting line and joined the 25th wave of runners to be released (there were 40 corrals). The only problem was that the pace of this group was quite a bit slower than I prefer and I had to do A LOT of dodging and fancy footwork to get myself into my racing pace! I was carrying my own water and the only way I was stopping to take a bathroom break was if the alternative was to have an accident. You know what I am talking about. Anyways, I was hoping to get somewhere between 2:05 and 2:10 because I know I am more than capable of that if I pushed myself and eliminated the messing around at water stops and port o potties. Here is the quick and dirty run down of my miles:
Mile 1- 9:42 -It is all a blur, literally, of me dodging around/between/through/on the side of the sea of people in front of me!
Mile 2- 9:07- Finally got through most of the crowds and found a good pace. Apparently Will and the kids were near here but I had no idea so I didn't see them! Darn!
|I had no clue Will and the kids were here. I was too focused on passing people on that hill!|
Mile 4- 9:15- Saw a guy running barefoot. He had a lot of band aids on his toes and Vibrams hooked onto his waist somehow. My first official "barefoot" sighting in a race!
Mile 5- 9:34- Started to feel sluggish and like I wanted a gel- but I was trying to hold out for mile 7 where they were handing them out.
Mile 6- 9:29- Just taking in the sights. And smells. I have never had to move away from so many stinky people before during a race! It's called deodorant runner friends. Please use it!!! I also was fascinated by the number of people wearing Vibram Five Fingers. I saw 2 girls running together and the back of their shirts said "Call me a prude, but I am only going half way" and it made me giggle.
|My cheerleaders. Devan made that sign for me, she is swesome.|
Mile 8- 9:28- I remember thinking to myself "wow, only 5 more miles. I am almost done!" and being very happy to only be running the half marathon.
Mile 9- 9:56- I think this is the mile where we went through the tunnel. I was not a fan of the tunnel, it was stinky, dark, echoey, hot and I could not get out of there fast enough! My pace was slow because right at the very end of mile 9 I took my second gel and took a cup of accelerade from a station.
Mile 10- 9:19- Just running. I have no memory of mile 10!
Mile 11- 9:50- I think this is the mile we went up a pretty steep little hill and everyone was all bunched up. I tagged onto some guy zigzagging his way through and tried my best to keep my pace up. I believe it was also around this point I realized we were suddenly downtown Seattle!
Mile 12- 9:08- I realized if I pushed it the last couple of miles I would beat my goal of 2:05! All of a sudden I was surrounded by a sea of people wearing green aprons- Starbucks was volunteering at one water station! I got really excited and felt like I was surrounded by "my people" for a minute. I also turned my ipod completely off at this point, I wanted to take in the sounds of the finishing area.
Mile 13- 9:03- As we were running on the overpass suddenly I see a man sitting on the ground and two women are asking people if anyone has any water. I had maybe an ounce or 2 in my water bottle so I start to slow down (kissing my 2:05 finish good bye) so I can offer it to them, but thankfully a guy right in front of me had a bottle nearly full and he stopped to help. I hope that he was ok. Anyways, I just kept pushing myself as fast as I could go.
Mile .1- 7:47- That's pretty fast! I finally had the presence of mind to do a finish pose with my arms up AND stop my garmin right away. It was 3 seconds off of my chip time. Which was 2:04:18 by the way! 9 1/2 minutes faster than my previous PR for a half marathon!!!
After crossing the finish line I got my awesome medal, grabbed some water, a banana, a bagel and a cytomax and wandered over to the family area. My hands were completely full so I couldn't grab my phone out. I stopped really quick to say hi to some of the blogger ladies, then headed to the letter H, assuming the family would be there waiting for me. Nope. So I set my stuff down and dug my phone out to give them a call. They said they would be right there. I ate my banana and about half of the bagel. There was not a garbage can to be found- what was that all about? Finally after about 10 minutes I couldn't stand it any more and go wander around to find a trash so I can free up my hands. My spibelt turned out to be pretty handy, I fit my ipod in it and hooked my water bottle onto it. Love that thing!
|Done! Not sure what is up with my hair!|
|BRF's together again!|
|Our tradition- DESSERT!|