|Ready to head out the door!|
Random sidenote: We were about 10 minutes away from Snoqualmie when I heard this terrible beep come from my bag in the back seat of the car. You know, that beep your Garmin gives off just before it dies? Ya- THAT beep. I calmly asked Alyssa to hand me my bag (I was driving), dug out my Garmin and sure enough it was turned off. It was fully charged at 6:30am, and now at 7:30am it was dead. I tried all of my fancy moves to bring it back to life but the truth was I would not have my trusty Garmin for the race. I was planning to run with my Iphone so once we arrived I downloaded the Map My Run application just to have something- but I really didn't know how to use it or know the accuracy of it. More on this app later.
|My dead Garmin. It was really strange not having it!|
|Hanging out in the warm gym!|
|Moments before the race started!|
|Paul, Alyssa and me- ready to get going! Wonder what I am looking at?? Hmmm....|
Paul was doing great and we kept playing leap frog- I was poking along through the water stations and he would pass me, then I would pass him, then I would stop again at the aid station and he would pass me. Around mile 7 or so he got ahead of me and stayed there for nearly the entire rest of the race. We were in this beautiful neighborhood with mountains in the background and I could just imagine living in any of the houses - they were stunning. I took a few photos while running- I am not very good at it and I gave that up quickly! At mile 9 I took a quick bathroom break, got some water and took a gel. Then came mile 10- I think my ipod said I had been running for 1:37 minutes or something at that point so I knew I would be finishing under 2:10 and that made me happy.
|My attempt to take pictures WHILE running. Sure is pretty there!|
|I can't even explain why my face looks all flared up and crazy. Good thing I stopped |
taking photos WHILE running after this one! I am going to practice and master this skill, just wait and see!
|Half number 1- CHECK!|