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SO, the first mile I felt great. Around .7 I started eyeballing the fields of tall grass. Why? I HAD to go. If I couldn't find a bathroom I was trying to see where I could just nestle in and blend. Fortunate for me, once we crossed the road and hit the path right at the water I saw a boat landing. And what was there? A porta-potty. Woohoo! Hallelujah! I forgot to pause my Garmin while I was scaling down a hill to get to it, but oh well. .... I didn't really feel I needed to count my potty break and wandering around to get to it in my running time. So pit-stop done, back on the path. It was at this point that I started to be fascinated by the planes. I've never been under a plane when it is taking off, and it was pretty cool! The Columbia River and Washington on my left, airplanes on my right, I was really enjoying the path. And then I hit 1.75. Biker Boy was so far ahead, with his music going, he couldn't hear me shout his name. I just had to stop, nearly cry from frustration, and wait for him to come back. I knew I couldn't go any further if I was going to make it back to the car. Talk about disappointment - but at least I gave it a shot, and kept it at an easy effort.
3 miles in less than 34 minutes - there was a LOT of walking in that last mile. While I ran I was forcing myself to keep it around 10:15ish (or slower if I could). But there were those fast bursts here and there. Biker Boy and I had a little pep talk while I was trying to mentally keep it together. We discussed how the fitness level is there, my mind is there, I just have to go easy and let my leg heal. So Seattle's goal is still just to finish. I won't cry if I have to walk more than I want. I just want to have a fun Rock 'n' Roll experience, taking in the people and sights. If I can run here and there, that will be great, too!
After the run we took fast showers and went to an old theater to see Pirates: On Stranger Tides in 3-D. I have bad movie luck, and was stuck behind the most annoying dad ever. I swear he was sitting in a booster seat and kept wiggling. I eventually just had to move seats so that I could see the screen. I did the math, his head took up 1/8th of the screen. That's too much. Jack Sparrow is still freaking hot! Loved Barbosa. Penelope Cruz wasn't totally annoying to look at - she had the raddest costumes ever!! Have you gone to the movies right after a run? Yeah, this was my first time .... let's just say we completely inhaled our large, buttered popcorn BEFORE the movie even started!
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I entered everybody into an excel spreadsheet - so I could do the math right and play fair - and we have a winner of the awesome "Ain't Nothin' Gonna Break My Stride" cup. The winner is.... drum roll please....
Cupcake Runner ~ check out her blog: Running and Cupcakes
*Back story: We "met" via a virtual race that was going on. She won! But I WAS in 2nd place for a while, and it was this race that motivated me to run my ass off and get my current 5K PR and win the age group award in the next race. I still didn't beat her, but I had a great time trying to keep up!
Did you have a good run this weekend?
Are you doing any Rock'n'Roll events this year?
Did you go see Pirates yet?