Time is seriously flying by so fast I can't even stop to breathe. The good news is - we got all of the final approvals for buying our new house in Michigan and we're scheduled to close a week from Friday! How crazy is it that the first time I will be stepping foot into this house myself is less than 1 hour before we plunk down a huge check? Crazy, I tell you. And yes, apparently I do trust Rob that much!
I'm busy working on organizing everything for the move - the movers arrive a week from today. I'm feeling overwhelmed and anxious, but luckily most everything is in some semblance of order - just need to get rid of perishable foods, organize Julia's playroom (and try to purge without her knowing!) and pack for what I need for the next 30-45 days until we're able to get into the house.
|I could think of a few people to do this to... (via Google)|
Julie is in training mode, so she had this race as a check-point to see how she was doing and see how close she could get to a new PR!
The race was the Heroes Half Marathon in Everett, about 30 minutes north of Seattle. The race honored those who serve our country and it started/finished right near the Navy base up there. The volunteers were mainly cadets from the area and many high school students in ROTC-type programs. It was really neat to go and at the same time honor Boston while we raced:
The weather was definitely rainy, but we're used to that here in Seattle. It was a bit windy too which made it feel a lot colder than 46 degrees. But nonetheless, we were ready!
The course was mainly flat, with the only hills being over the multiple bridges we crossed over. Some of them were a bit steeper than I was anticipating. Julie handled them with ease, though, since she runs in her hometown with 45 degree incline hills. No joke. (ok maybe 20 but whatever...they're steep).
I asked her if she wanted me to talk to keep her distracted - to which she probably regrets saying yes to now! So I told multiple stories about everything under the sun and probably annoyed the hell out of everyone around me, including Julie! But the miles ticked by which is always a good thing. The man who was in the lead for the half passed us on his way back pushing a toddler in a stroller. Turns out the guy ran like 1:14 and possibly set a World Record for the half marathon pushing a stroller. I had no idea there was such a record!
We pushed on and were feeling great despite the annoying rain and wind (and my annoying stories). Miles 9 through 11-ish were a bit rough, as the mile markers for that and the 10k run they had were a bit confusing. We thought we were further than we were and then ran into another hill. But after a brief potty stop for me, and a walk break for Julie, we trekked on!
I told her once we we were at mile 12, we were going to pick up the pace to get to the finish. A gentleman came up behind us and asked if we would pace him into the finish because he was struggling. We of course said yes and I told him about the interval plans and he was on board too.
We picked landmarks and did sprints between them and it worked well (I think/hope)! We then saw the finish line and I told Julie (and our new friend) to just GO and leave nothing on the course!
I knew Julie was going to crush her PR at that point so I told her the time which hopefully gave her a bit of a push to get to the end. She took off and sprinted into the finish where we saw her husband TriGuy waiting for us with the camera!
|There we are!|
|Almost into the finish area|
Oh and here are 2 of our "official" race photos - they are good ones I think!
|LOVE this one! via ontherunevents.com|
And because who knows when I'll have a chance to blog again, my wonderful friend Nancy came to visit us last weekend and help take my mind off of the move and just have a few fun days in Seattle. We did a lot and had a blast - here are a few pictures from our adventures:
|The Fremont Troll - had yet to get my picture up there!|
|Lake Union in the background with my wonderful Julia|
|She complimented me on the color of my Tough Chik shirt!|
Hopefully I'll come out of this alive on the other end and be back to tell you the tales.
Have a great week and wish me luck!