Of course we all soon stumbled out of our beds and into our race gear. I looked out the window and FREAKED out because it was absolutely pouring buckets of rain. I told Cynthia not to look- she was running the full marathon and I didn't want her to stress. I decided to hop in the shower to warm up and soon it was 4:45am and we were packed up and heading down to the car.
|Yes, the nice front desk man took this photo for us at 5am!|
While we were sitting in traffic it had also occurred to us that the rain had magically stopped! I had also managed to get all of my stuff together and in my pockets so that once we parked we just hopped out of the car and headed to the race area. Which was about 50 feet away, literally a fantastic parking spot for the race I highly recommend it. Cynthia headed to her Run to Remember corrall and Alyssa and I wandered around trying to find the VIP potty area hosted by Brooks. Cynthia and I were given passes from Brooks at our Online Shoes Girls Night Out (more on that in another post) and Alma was nice enough to give me hers so Alyssa could have one as well. Thanks Alma!
|The race started just below the Space Needle!|
|We pottied like rock stars!|
|Pre race with Alyssa|
|Group shot! Love this.|
|Found Mel without a moment to spare! Probably should have read |
the race details...
|Mel's garmin was freaking out. Clearly she was concerned!|
|My signature race pose- the smile and wave!|
Mile 2- 8:25
Mile 3- 9:11
Mile 4- 8:57
I remember during mile 4 that our pace was great and I was feeling good- I did have to stop to drink some water and then catch back up to Mel, but we were still at a pretty decent pace. And then we turned the corner and saw IT. The hill. As we approached it there were about 5 timing matts -I guess so nobody could cheat or something like that. We started to run up the hill but it was clear to me that I was going to waste a ton of energy running up it so I just started power walking as fast as I could. Once we got to the top it wasn't any better- we then had to go back down the hill which was just as steep on the other side!
|Oh ya, we are amazing!|
I knew that we had wasted a lot of time getting over that hill so I tried to pick the pace back up as soon as possible. Soon we were running along Lake Washington and I knew the Mile of Rememberance was coming- this section makes me so emotional and get tears in my eyes so I tried to keep my mind on other things so I didn't start sobbing. I have done the running/sobbing thing once before so I know I can do it, but it isn't pretty. Just before that section we found Chelsea waiting on the sidelines and I was so happy to see her and pass off my sweaty arm sleeves! Thank you Chelsea! Ahhhh- that felt so much better!
|Still feeling pretty good here|
Mile 5- 8:58
Mile 6- 10:23
Mile 7- 9:31
Mile 8- 9:19
|Running out of poses- lots of camera's!!|
|Hello up there!!|
I remember looking at my Garmin at the 10 mile mark thinking "oh, just a 5K left, that is easy!" and then we started up this enourmous, never ending hill. I did run up most of it, passing lots of people. I wasn't sprinting or anything, but I definitely kept a steady run up almost to the top, but then it curved around and I could see it just kept going, going and going. Ugh. I made a mental note to do more hill work.
After if flattened out I remember thinking that this 5K was taking an absolute eternity and would never, ever end. I was really wishing for a distraction, even thought the view was fantastic. We were below the Pike Market and the waterfront was to the left. There was an amazing ferris wheel set up out by the water. But still, my brain needed something. And suddenly there it was, just ahead and on the right- MEL!!! So I picked up my pace and caught up to her. She was having a rough time too so we stopped and grabbed some water and I told her it was just a little over a mile left as we started running. We stayed together for just a couple of minutes and then I ended up going on ahead of her.
Mile 9- 10:32
Mile 10- 9:23
Mile 11- 9:57
Mile 12- 10:13
|My focus face. The end is near. Right??|
Mile 13- 9:20
Mile .27- 2:32 (pace 9:27)
|Sybil and I just after crossing the line|
|First time I actually had this picture done!|
|Me, Mel and Kerrie|
|Chocolate Milk Rules!|
|Cynthia after running a marathon- doesn't she look so happy and peaceful?|
So overall, this race is on my list of "not to be missed" due to all of the fun and friends involved. For being a huge race (22,000 runners) it is extremely well organized. I did enjoy the course, except for the tunnels and hills and the fact that it seemed longer than 13.1 miles. But the sprinkle of friends everywhere more than makes up for all of that!
Stats- unless of course you have fallen asleep reading my novel!
Total time- 2:05:42
Overall place: 3841/14249
Gender place: 1748/9578
Division place: 401/1793
**photo credit goes to Marathon Foto for many of these pictures**