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Missoula Half-Marathon

Many of you know I just completed the Missoula Half-Marathon this past Sunday and James completed the full.  What a great little racecation!  It was a whirlwind, but totally worth every moment we spent there and on the road.

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To recap, we left the Seattle area on Friday afternoon and drove to Spokane to stay the night, meeting up with fellow blogger Renee on Saturday morning.  We then drove the rest of the way to Missoula, just in time for the expo and to see Jeff Galloway.  Dinner was at 7 and sleep for me came at midnight.

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Rocks! In a river!! Apparently great for fishing!

RACE DAY:  We woke up at 3:30 for a 6 a.m. start time… mind you, this was Montana time.  In Seattle time, it was only 2:30 a.m.  Ack!  And we all know sleep doesn’t come easy the night before a race.

Logistics were easy… we walked across the bridge right behind the hotel and there were the shuttle buses hauling people to the start line.  Once at the start line, it was port-a-loo heaven! And I’m not kidding.  They were everywhere.  No one had to suffer or stress.  Kudos to the race director on the potties!  (For those who don’t race, port-a-loos are a super important part of the start line, which is why every runner will report on them!)

As well, they had fireworks going off about every 6 to 7 minutes.  Okay, that was a little unnerving and unnecessary, but it was entertaining.

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Then at 6 a.m., the cannon fired (yes, a booming cannon, just in case the fireworks didn’t wake you up) and the finale of the fireworks were set off (for those of us who had to wait a couple of minutes to cross the start line).  By the way, Jeff Galloway was running the half with his 90-year-old friend. How’s that for inspiring?!!  If I would’ve known they were behind me, I totally would’ve backed up and ran with them.

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THE COURSE:  Gorgeous.  Farms, trees, rivers, historic neighborhoods, and basically flat.  Loved it.  I ran out of air at about mile 9 or 10, but that’s what happens when you train at sea level.  I’m thinking James and I probably need to go hike up one of the mountains here to get some practice with breathing at different elevations.

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An entertainer playing a violin on the side while we went past. There were also bands, drums, people with stereos to keep us going.

THE PEOPLE AND VOLUNTEERS:  So very nice, so friendly, so helpful.  I didn’t run into one single person who wasn’t encouraging and uplifting throughout the race.  I wasn’t too impressed at mile 11 when people were saying, “you’re almost there” (because I wasn’t anywhere near the finish line), but that was my emotional breakdown, not theirs, so I really appreciated their support regardless of my state of mind.

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THE FINISH LINE:  Again, fabulous!  For recovery food, they had a lovely quinoa salad, bananas, oranges, watermelon, frozen fruit bars, nuts, bagels, fig newtons… a great spread!  At the family meetup area, all racers got a free beer and a free finisher picture, and they were selling fry bread and other things, just in case the food at the finish line didn’t quite get it done for you.

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A moose with running shoes on the bling… too cute.

POST-RACE CELEBRATION:  I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  After sleeping for a couple of hours, we went out and enjoyed.  Our eyes were much bigger than our stomachs, but it was nice having a sample of everything.

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Chicken strips, quesadilla, and nachos.

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James and his father Rick, who came to watch and celebrate, and who also brought AJ back after he spent the previous week in Boise.

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This was a fabulous race and a fabulous time, and I felt it was very well organized.  Thankfully we didn’t run into even one snafu, and that’s always bonus.  This race may actually have moved to the very top of my favorites list, so I highly recommend it if you’re looking to run in Montana!!

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I think this bike totally works for the treasure hunt!

Be sure to stay tuned to 50 in 50 Marathon Quest to see his full race report.  He had a nasty mountain to climb that forced practically everyone to walk…

Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon

It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t fun, but yes, I finished.  One of the best ways to see a city is to run a race through it.  I got some great shots of Seattle… shots I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get. Here is my day in pictures.

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This is at the start. So many people, it took me over an hour to cross the starting mat once the first corral had gone. James hit the 5K mark before I even started.

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We started at the Space Needle/Seattle Center.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct… can you see the wall to wall people?

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So majestic to see both stadiums… and knowing that is where the finish line is… so close yet so far away.

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A nice shot of the Columbia Center. Remember I was recently at the top of that building?

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The huge ferris wheel on the waterfront. Another landmark.

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I love it when drum lines play on the course.

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Mariachis serenading us from above. I was starving at this point and was ready for my Mexican food.

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A group of pirates cheering us on and handing out water, mile 7.

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This guy is always here at this particular point during the race, right next to Genesee Park heading to Lake Washington Blvd.

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Lake Washington Blvd… a gorgeous stretch.

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Close to 1/2-mile lined with American Flags, right after the memory mile, mile 9.

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Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, mile 12.

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And done!!

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I ended up logging over 18 miles that day (love the worthless stats).  Next up, Missoula Marathon and Half on July 10th.

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there and especially to my husband James over at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest!  May you all have a beautiful day!

 

Scenes from Seattle

It’s been a busy week, and I just wanted to share some more fun pictures of Seattle, but this time from the ground.  I always enjoy when people post pictures of where they live or visit, so I hope you enjoy these as well.

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Who says it always rains in Seattle?

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This…

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…as opposed to this.

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No idea what this building is, but it’s gorgeous.

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We ate lunch here. Fabulous Food!

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The 5th Avenue Theater.

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The Seattle Center

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International Fountain

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James

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AJ

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Janet having some fun.

Have a great weekend!

 

Seattle’s Columbia Tower

Today was good and hot, and clear, and a great day for a trip to the Columbia Tower. On the 73rd floor, there is an observation deck where you get the best views of the city and surrounding area… you can see forever.  Well… you be the judge…

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The address of the Columbia Center. And what category does this also fall under? Numbers for the The Daily Post Photo Challenge!

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Going up?

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First thing’s first… coffee at Starbucks on the 40th floor!

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Mount Rainier… 65 miles from the Columbia Center…

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… and to the north is Mount Baker which is 136 miles from the Columbia Center

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Century Link Stadium and Safeco Field

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We are about 400 feet above the Space Needle

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City of Bellevue

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Seattle Skyline… from above

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The Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the background

It was a great day, and I have so much more to share!!  🙂  Hope you’ve had a great Saturday too!

La Conner

My mother-in-law, Janet, arrived from the UK last Wednesday for her annual visit.  I foresee a few fun day trips in my near future!  Today we went to La Conner, had a walk around and had a fabulous lunch.  Even the child joined us for the outing (like he had a choice, hehe)!

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Janet doing the “wiggle,” because the art statue behind her was called “The Big Red Wiggle.”

La Conner is about 45 minutes from where I live and a very small town.  Very artistic. Great culture.  Great scenery.  The Swinomish Channel runs right along side of the town, so it has some great waterfront views.

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Rainbow Bridge:

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Neighborhood house in the shape of a boat (in blue), although you can’t really tell from this view.

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Artsy stuff:

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Loved this frog:

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I stepped out in the middle of the road for this one because, hey, why not:

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Old, old, old cabin (La Conner was settled in 1867):

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A little farmer’s market:

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A lovely little tea shop:

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And, finally, lunch at La Conner Brewery (we find the best food at breweries):

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Tomorrow is the city of Bellevue… with Judy from New York’s own Chocolate Runs Judy!!  I can’t wait to meet her!!

Salt Lake City Half-Marathon

I’m not that great at giving a race recap, so if you want the full 4-11 (do people still say that?), you might want to check out Jamesy’s blog for his race recap later in the week.  In the meantime, I’ll give a brief summary of the weekend from my perspective.

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If you caught my pre-race freak-out post, you’ll know that we had an extremely bumpy flight thanks to a snow storm.  This is us on Thursday not long after that incident… celebrating being alive.

 

 

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You might have also caught the part where I met up with some family on Friday where we toured Temple Square.  A bit of history: My father graduated from Bountiful High School around 1947, so my family “base” is in Utah.  I hadn’t been to Temple Square since before my grandmother died in 1981, and it was great to be there.  When I was a kid, my sister and I would spend most summers with her in Bountiful.  Utah was as much home to me as Arizona was.

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The above was the morning of the race.  The bright lights in the middle represent the start line. And it was cold.  Luckily, James and I had brought a couple of space blankets from a previous Rock ‘n’ Roll event, so we didn’t freeze too much.  Starting temperature was 38 degrees F.

screenshot_2016-04-17-07-34-26.pngThe elevation of the course looked like this.  While, yes, there is a huge downhill section, there were very painful uphill parts as well.  Four of the most notable hills were two in mile 1 (not nice), the one from mile 5 to mile 6 (total energy suck), and a complete ass kicker in mile 7 that was comparable to my Mo-Fo Hill across the street.  The marathon and half-marathon runners split up at mile 9, and when James made his turnoff, he went straight uphill yet again; thankfully, I went down.  Not only that, we train at sea level, and I’m seeing that this course was between 4300 to 4800 feet.  It took a little bit of breathing effort to go up those hills.  By the 12th mile, I was knackered.  I wasn’t hurt in any shape or form and my feet were fine, no blisters (yay Brooks!), but I was indeed tired.  The finish line was such a sweet sight!

Post-race festivities were fabulous.  Pancakes with boysenberry syrup.  Creamsicles.  Yogurt. Beer.  Music.  They did not, however, have chocolate milk, so we headed to the nearest coffee shop afterwards to get some hot chocolate.  It was still cold, but I was thankful for not getting overheated. 20160416_164338.jpg

 

  • Total miles logged for the weekend:  27.59
  • Total steps:  63,288
  • Total number of toenails lost:  One (literally… it came off while I was slipping on my shoes after the race)
  • Number of celebratory drinks post race:  4
  • Post-race dinner:  Mexican food.

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It was a fabulous weekend and a fabulous race.  I’m not hurt, so training begins right away for our next adventure… Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle in just a mere 60 days!  And we are completely primed for that lovely hilly course!  I have a beautiful set of rolling hills I’ll be training on to get my quads in shape for it, not to mention I’m going to attempt Mo-Fo Hill a couple more times.

Meanwhile, the karaoke celebratory night is this coming Saturday.  Maybe I’ll set up the GoPro and get some random video…. hahahaha, not!  Have a great week!

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Got Coffee? Echoes Of My Neighbourhood #13

Seattle is a huge coffee mecca, with its biggest coffee roasters being Starbucks, Tully’s, and Seattle’s Best.  It is said that there are 35 coffeehouses per 100,000 people.  There are 4 drive-thru coffee stands no more than 3 miles from my house.  Here are 3 of them.  This sensation is lost on me as I don’t drink coffee.

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Even the bling for Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle in 2014 was a coffee cup.

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(yeah, shameless plug, I know, :D)

I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.

Are drive-thru coffee stands the norm where you live, or is this just a Seattle thing?

Cherry Blossoms Galore

It’s that one time of year when cherry blossoms are everywhere.  They seem to appear overnight, and are gone just as quick.  After a long, cold, wet winter, they are indeed a welcome sight.

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And these… while these bushes are quite pretty, they’re a bit of a reminder it’s time to stock up on allergy medicine:

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I am joining Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales for her series, “Echoes of My Neighbourhood,” where she challenges us all to share a photo of bits and pieces of wherever you are at any point in time.

Got spring?