I have never done a race in Washington until this last Saturday and I am sure I will be back for more in the future after doing the beyond gorgeous RNR Seattle 1/2 Marathon.
The race started at 7 and we left the hotel at about 6:10 to walk a few blocks to the starting line (it gets light SOOO early in Seattle!). It is so so so nice to be able to skip the whole ‘drive to the starting line and try to find a parking spot and get stressed out about the whole situation’ part of a race, especially a big one like this one. I definitely did not get a lot of sleep the night before but I woke up feeling good because I was so excited to see all of my runner friends and to see Seattle on foot.
The sweetest Kristin who knocks out marathons like they are NBD.
I got in the corral with the girls that were on the trip with me and there is nothing like being surrounded by thousands of runners. For a second I had a small desire to run the marathon but then I remembered my sister wouldn’t be there at mile 20 in her flip-flops to pull me to the finish line;)
I had zero time goals for this race. A big part of why I run this last year is to run with friends and that is all I wanted to do on Saturday. My best friendships are formed when I am out on a run with people. I probably open up a little too much.
At mile 2 we saw our good friend from Brooks and he was pretty much the best spectator out there yesterday and he ran alongside us for a little bit.
I also saw Doctor Dribble… he dribbled two basketballs for the entire race (the guy with the white arm sleeves on).
Just running under the Brooks man.
Brilliant. Just brilliant. I will be bringing a hose to every race that I spectate at from here on out. It felt so good.
At about mile 7ish with Cori. We ran the entire 13.1 together and I loved getting to know her so well. She is an incredible woman.
My favorite part of the entire course was running along Lake Washington and seeing the pictures of all of the fallen Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors from Washington state and then seeing all of the flags. It was very touching.
The RNR Seattle course definitely has some hills but they weren’t too bad in my opinion but I also was taking it pretty easy. I will say that I was exhausted by about mile 10. The marathon last week really took it out of me so I was happy that Cori was willing to take it easy with me and just enjoy the scenery and talk. Oh, and there are two tunnels that are kind of long that I did not enjoy during the race because they were really hot and stinky but I don’t know if there is a different way that they could have even avoided them in order to see as much of Seattle as we did. PS Be prepared for the finish line because it does end on kind of an uphill.
The crowds were awesome, there were so many people out cheering and I loved how there were a ton of people dressed up in random costumes… gotta love distractions when your legs get really tired. There were plenty of water stops and gu was offered at mile 8ish at the end of the first tunnel. The weather was perfect and the breeze off of the water felt incredible.
We finished at 1:57:55 and walked straight to the food. Water, diet coke (I don’t know why but I really only crave it after a race now?) and my first of about 1,200 handfuls of grapes. Those things tasted amazing.
Second time ever ending the race with a massage and that felt really good. They keep it pretty light which was strange because I have become so used to getting the deep tissue massage/scraping. Jesica rocked the race!
Apolo Ohno (8-time winter Olympic medalist)!! He had a PR on Saturday!
Overall, I am really glad that I was able to do the 1/2 marathon. Races are my favorite way to see a new city.
I don’t have another race scheduled until October (I will probably throw in a 10k and a half at some point) but it will be nice to take off some time from races. I don’t know how people do races every weekend… you deserve like 40 medals at each finish line.
Ever done one of the RNR races? Which one? What did you think about it?
Last RUNcation (building a vacation around a race or running) that you did?
Favorite thing to eat right after you finish a race? Or is it really hard for you to stomach much right when you finish?
What was the BEST part of your weekend?!?