As the date starting creeping up, I found out that Cynthia would not be able to make it over for the race after all (insert very sad face HERE) so I arranged for another friend Kate to use her race bib. This would be Kate's very first half marathon- she had mentioned wanting to run a full marathon next year so I suggested that a half would probably be a good place to start. And if you read my last post, you know that I was not going to set any PR's on this course due to my rough November training so I offered to run the whole race with her- that sounded like more fun anyways! She was so relieved and happy that I knew I made the right decision to help her get across the finish line and just not worry about my time at all.
|Seattle Space Needle- pretty fantastic view!|
|Kate, me, Alyssa, Kerrie and Zoe looking all sparkly before the race!|
|We were smashed in and couldn't move any more waiting for the race to start|
|Flashback! Me, Cynthia and Tiana after finishing our |
first half marathon in June 2010
I had kind of wanted to use the bathroom before the race started but the lines were very long so I decided to go out on the course after a few miles. Well, literally every single time we passed a honey bucket there was a line! I have never seen this before in a race. And the weird thing is that I didn't really have to go that bad, but after you think about having to go you just can't get it out of your mind! Finally we waited and spent a good 5 minutes in a line to go. We multi-tasked and drank water and had a gel while we waited- this was around mile 5 or so. This was Kate's first Gu (vanilla bean) by the way. I would recommend trying Gu before race day, but I didn't realize she didn't even know what they were until I brought it up the week of the race! Oops. She thought it was really sweet and preferred the espresso one she had later at mile 9 but she liked them overall and said they helped her energy level. I prefer espresso as well- I tend to buy them by the case. Peanut butter is pretty tasty as well, if you haven't tried it you should!
One thing that is awesome about pacing somebody who is a bit slower than you is that you get to absorb the race course- the sights, the sounds, the other runners and the people cheering us on. Pretty cool. Kate was doing a great job, we were taking walk breaks about once or twice each mile but only for about 30-60 seconds and we took water at all of the water stops. We ran along Lake Washington and then through the Arboretum before heading back into the Seattle Center. I loved the Arboretum with all of the trees lining the streets- I felt like I was out in the woods it was really pretty! And the neighborhoods we passed had the most beautiful, amazing houses to look at. This course was much better than the Seattle Rock and Roll as far as scenery goes.
|The finish area|
|Watch out- girl on a mission coming through!|
|Half marathon #14 in 2 1/2 years|