You left me feeling like this. [ummm but actually, this was pre-race ---- shoulda known ;) ] SO love Amanda and her signature pose.
Seattle has left me with something . . . . . .
M o t i v a t i o n . [x 4,444]
That 3:10 marathon.
That "BQ like a man" goal.
- - it's so freaking mine. Ya, it might be in January of 2012 not December of 2011 [as I was planning] but . . . I'm totally okay with that.
So on to SEATTLE race report with new happiness and a lot less anger.
On the way there. I saw my mountain. And this awesome opportunity to advertise for Southwest.
Awesome moment #1:
Sitting in seat - look up for air fan thingy . . . . Am I the only one who instantly thought this was an Ironman sign? Jeff, was I in your seat?!
Sitting next to an 18 year old and his Dad on the way to the Expo on the "light rail". He was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo intrigued.
him: we don't have these in Oklahoma!
him: we have to pay to ride things like this at the fair!
him: and we have to pay about $3.00 MORE!
It went on and on and I loved it.
Got to meet a friend from DM [dailymile] Samantha. awesome.
then........well.......we pretty much rolled out.
It's Seattle! I don't want to go to the expo for hours! It's sunny and did I mention
freaking . . . 65*.
Soooooo.......we went to Pioneer Park [I think]. I chilled with the baggage and the Pita found some awesome sandwiches at a local place.
We sat in the sun and listed to this guy jam on this violin-ish looking thing.
a w e s o m e.
Went to our hotel.
Do you see what I see?
So the Pita dragged me out and we were off for. . . .
Pita Vs. Seattle food fest 2011.
Yep - First stop: Pike's for:
1. Strawberry Shortcake
3. Bread Pudding
4. Peach [what?]
6. Mac N' Cheese
7. Salad [Cesar]
8. mini donuts
Boosh. heck ya! Best. $15. Ever.
Signs from Pike's. I. freaking. loved.
Oh and I found this to eat.
ummm, was NOT yum.
Then I said so what's for dinner and --- ya, he wasn't hungry. In fact he was a bit full. So off to the gym we went at 7pm.
In PitaVille . . . . workout = hungry again in an hour [I'm smart & I want dinner]
Got 5 miles in. He did 40 on the elliptical [new record].
On. We. Go!
ummm, ya. we didn't make it out the hotel door.
Hello, Ruth's Chris & Blue C were IN our hotel.
nom. nom. nom.
This was the Pita's day. He had a few worky things he/we needed to do.
We drove to Gig Harbour for the day.
b e a u t i f u l.
House we went to - A-freaking-mazing.
Dinner. . . . . Spaghetti . . . the best ever.
Salmon. The good crap. Alaskan something - something.
Yep, I tried. I likey'd. I ate.
Fast Forward one hour.
We late-y leaving. Pita Indy 500-ing our way back. Emz a pukie. [big time]. I get car sick/motion sick. This. was. bad.
Ate 1/2 bagel. Texted Dawn [duh, she totally needed to know about this], drank two 16oz bottles of wa-waaa-washington water.
Woke up. felt a bit "wonky" but
Walked 1/3 mile to shuttle. Was on within 5 minutes. I kinda "cut".
Shortish bus ride. Arrived with an hour to spare. Toilet. Bag drop off. Stand in front of generator for 30 minutes inhaling who knows what but it was warm.
Walked up to corrals. Saw Jess, Mel & Amanda [above mentioned photo].
And I am off.
I unknowingly ran past Chelsea. She. Freaking. Rocks.
She took these photos!
And I CANNOT believe I didn't see this.
Yep, she made it too.
[hmmm, I haven't been there today]
So... ya..... not mentioning running numbers but it wasn't pretty.
First 6-10 [ish] miles were 7:23 average
Here's me smiling for the Pita.
To which he said: "What are you doing 3:20 is ahead of you. suck it up. run faster!"
he. knows. me. well.
he didn't know my legs today.
They weren't there.
blah. blah [I sucked] blah. blah.
3:27:08 [flipped off camera guy]
Finish line. YAY!
Then Jess - got this awesome photo for us. Thanks Jess!
Then I got my photo with the girls. Super.Sweetness.
Stacie, Mel & Jess]. Sorry, I kept you guys waiting for FREAKING ever.
And one photo with me and Stacie.
[the treadmill lovers!!] ---- [let me rephrase, we love treadmills!]
So I'm hiding that I'm uberP'dOffRightNow.
Walk in hotel. Bye Bye hotel. Off to TM for 2 miles. NOW, I am better.
Ice. ice. ice.
texting while icing.
It's fun time.
Got my Run Emz shirt on [shuddup].
And it was time for food.
shopping [photo intentionally omitted, Nordy's!], Ninja's,
getting "Randy" [Randy Couture]. . .
seriously. nicest. guy. ever. Sat three seats away from him.]
And four points to the Pita for scoring front row seats. Crazy fun.
at the baseball game & a 4 mile walk.
a w e s o m e n e s s .
Here's what the Pita thought of my finishing time:
[which is 29.4% why I love him. He knows I expect a lot of myself and he expects EVEN 4 times more.]
The run . . . . ya, I sucked it up.
but . . .
the weekend . . . . best one EVER.