ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SEATTLE HALF MARATHON
JUNE 21, 2014
We got home from Washington last night. Now I’m ready to recap race day!
We did not stay in Seattle as we have our favorite spot in Mukilteo, approx. 30 miles north, which meant we had to drive down on race morning. We had pre-purchased our $20 Mercer Street Parking Pass at the Expo so we were set to go! Lot was to be closing at 6:00 a.m. so we made sure to be there with plenty of time to spare.
Because my husband purchased a pair of Brooks shoes at the Expo, I was privy to a “fancy” bathroom pass! Maybe he’ll spend $150 on shoes at every expo to afford me this luxury?? I did enjoy using the trailer bathroom units as opposed to the outhouses. They also offered sample size chaffing sticks which was quite useful since I forgot to use mine at the hotel. I spared you guys pictures of the bathrooms and thought I’d give you this one instead…
The race started promptly at 7:00 a.m. It was an extremely crowded race but there was room for all. I have run enough RnR races to be used to the crowd and I really do enjoy the excitement it creates being surrounded by so many other runners! This course offered the perfect amount of uphill and downhill to make it fun. None too steep and not too many but it was more fun than flat road.
The best part of this course is running next to the Washington Lake past the Fallen Soldier Tribute. It’s the only part I remembered from last year and will surely be the part I look forward to next year. Of course it’s wonderful to be running next to the lake but having it lined with volunteers holding up The American Flag as well as pictures of all the Brave Heroes that had given up their lives for our freedom. It’s very moving and is a great reminder of what our Selfless Armed Forces do for our country and what too many of them and their families have sacrificed and lost.
The next most picturesque part of this race was coming up on the Seattle Great Wheel, the giant Ferris wheel at Pier 57 on Elliott Bay. It’s not only cool to see but also nice knowing the end of the race was near! I mean, I was enjoying the course and all but I was also getting tired!!
I had a good pace, for me, going the entire race until approximately 12 miles then I really started to poop out! All I wanted to do was run a sub 2:00! I felt confident the entire race until that last mile! I had to really work that last mile hard! It paid off and I finally had my 2014 PR with a 1:58! I even invited myself to take a swing at the PR Gong!!
I swear, Runners are just the coolest people! After the run me and @marathonpitstop ran into a few of our Fellow Runner/Twitter Friends Bill Clayton@exhalebill and pinayeye@pinayeye! It was so great seeing them. It just added so much more fun to our post-race excitement!
AND, the fun did not stop there! We later met up at Icon’s Grill across from The Westin with some more of our favorite Runner/Twitter Friends! Blonde Runner@blonderunner322, Sue McAllister@SueMcAllister, and happily Bill Clayton made time for us again! It was so wonderful hanging out with these awesome friends that we chat with everyday! Feels like we’ve known each other for years and I am so looking forward to our next run together!