Done, state #21.
I took an early flight from Chicago and arrived in Seattle around 10:30am. There was no hotel shuttle and a cab was too expensive, so I took the light rail. I bought an all day pass for $5.75. Score!
I booked my hotel, The Roosevelt, through Southwest. I loved it! It was a block and a half from the light rail/monorail to get to the expo AND the start line. Plus, it was close to Pike Place Market and many other stores and restaurants and I thought the price was reasonable.
The expo was cool! I bought watermelon flavored Nuun tablets and three Sparkly Soul headbands. Unfortunately, I lost one (red, blue, white) that I was planning to wear with my new ProCompression socks in a 4th of July race. I also purchased monorail tickets to the start line (Space Needle) and back to the hotel. I met Mel from Tall Mom on the Run. She is really nice and we chatted for a little bit.
That evening I had pad thai from Wild Ginger. I went to bed at 8 pm because my body was still on Central Time plus my alarm was set for 5:25 am.
Race day came and I got ready. I walked to the monorail to get to the start line. I had to use the bathroom and found one inside a building. Then I proceeded to follow the crowd to the start line. I realized I had to go again to the bathroom and left my corral to use the port-a-potty. They smelled horrible! But when you have to go, you have to go. I got in line again and had trouble with my Garmin. No satellite. Ugh, I got out and saw Mel again. I realized afterwards that I did not take one picture with her.
Finally it was time to go. I encountered my first hill after mile 1. I thought it was never going to end. Of course there is always a downhill which was nice. I liked the view and felt really good at this time. At mile 6 we ran next to Lake Washington. It was just beautiful!! Plus, it felt good to be in the shade. I stopped to admire the view and also to see pictures of soldiers that died during the war. That made me really sad.
At mile 8 there was another uphill and I refused to run. I was tired. It was after the mile marker that we ran in a tunnel. I did not like that AT ALL. It was hot, dark, loud, and long. I swear it was about a mile long! There was a band playing close to the end of the tunnel which made no sense. I ran as fast as I could because I just wanted to get out of there. We then ran in the highway/expressway and it was mostly downhill. We passed Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field.
I always find the last 3.1 miles of a half marathon to be the MOST difficult part of the race. That is where I struggle the most. I need to remind myself that it is only a 5K and not difficult at all. Mile 11 is when the first marathon runner passed me up. He was fast! Right before mile 12 we ran in another tunnel. Not happy about it again. The last mile was mostly uphill. Ugh! Two more marathon runners passed me up. A little before the finish line a runner had collapsed and that freaked me out. I had no energy to run/sprint to the finish line. My legs were not cooperating at all.
Here are my splits:
Miles 1 through 4 – 9:37, 9:45, 11:24, 10:02
Miles 5 through 8 – 10:58, 10:55, 11:43, 11:47
Miles 9 through 12 – 12:37, 11:48, 11:45, 12:44
Mile 13 – 10:32
My finish time is 2:30:39 and according to my Garmin ran 13.42 miles. Am I happy with it? No. I really struggled in this race. It was HOT and HILLY.
I got three medals at this race!
After the race I went back to the hotel to shower and change. Then for lunch I went to Tap House Grill. The burger and beers (sampler) hit the spot.
Afterwards I walked over to Pike Place Market but was not impressed with it. I ended up just walking for a little bit before heading back to the hotel.