A couple of weeks ago I flew to Seattle to runt he Rock and Roll Half-Marathon with my sister, Marie. My goal was under 2 hours and I was thinking I would barely squeek by in 2 hours which would've been a 9:15 mile. Well, I was running 9 minute miles for the first half and trying not to be an idiot (Marie gave me a piece of advice before the race, "For the first half of the race, don't be an idiot, for the second half of the race, don't be a wimp." Such good advice!), then I tried for 8:30 miles for the second half, then I met someone at the last 2 miles who was trying for the same pace as me, so we finished at 1:53:56! Way better than I expected! That works out to an average 8:45 mile, which is just a little slower than I ran the Bolder Boulder. I felt very proud.
It was cool that they gave us so much SWAG at the Expo the day before the race. We were at the Muscle Milk booth and they had free samples so I took a chocolate one and just as I put it in my mouth, Marie goes, "You took a coffee one!" I could taste that it was awful and I kind of automatically spit it back into the cup. Then I tasted the chocolate one which tasted almost as awful. WAY more SWAG than the Bolder Boulder, I was not disappointed.
|Rebecca and Cindy|
|Waiting for the racers!!!|
Waiting for the racers
|(I'm behind the lady.) Almost to mile 11...|
|We did it! The medals were also awesome.|
|"WHAT?! I didn't get a space blanket!"|
My Mom and Dad came, and my brother Mike, my Aunt Cindy, Uncle Jim, Aunt Carol, Uncle Dave, Grandma and Grandpa Haines, and cousins Rebecca, Claudia, Sarah, Rachel and Lydia, not to mention Marie's husband Manoj and daughters Misha and Maddie. It was awesome having them all there. The thing that was the coolest about running the race was seeing all the family members along the way, not just mine, but seeing people there supporting their family members.
The next day we had a picnic at Alki beach, near where Marie and Manoj live. It was a beautiful day. My brother Mike and I also went on an underground tour of Seattle which was really cool.