• 3h 44m 01s
  • 52.44 miles
  • 14.05 Mi/hr

I was not looking forward to today, for some reason. It was raining when we left, and I hadn't been on my bike in a week. My legs were wasn't ready for a 65 mile ride.

But it actually went okay. We all stopped at Marymoor and Cheryl suggested that 50 was more than enough for me consider I ran a marathon last weekend. I agreed. Not because I was tired, but because I knew hills were a-comin' and while I really wanted to do 65 miles by this point, I wasn't sure I was too keen on 40 miles of hills. My knees just do not love hills.

Good call because at about mile 48 I tweaked something. Nothing major, but just enough that taking off at the stoplights was painful.

Strangely, as soon as I started to run all the pain went away! So it obviously isn't anything serious. I just haven't trained on hills like I should and the combination of hills and distance gets me.

Run #1
  • 44m 44s
  • 2.07 miles
  • 21m 37s /Mi

Poor Roy. His knee hurts SO bad. I think he really does have a soft tissue or cartilage injury. I hope it's nothing serious.

Run #2
  • 33m 17s
  • 3.27 miles
  • 10m 11s /Mi

Pretty good pace for a brick run. Surprisingly I felt great! I might have even been able to run faster if the lake weren't so congested. Roy came with me today (even though he didn't want to, and I told him he didn't have to), so when I called to tell him that I was only doing 50 miles he suggested I ride to him at Greenlake so we could see the milk carton races. Perfect! I ran around the lake and he hobbled over to Subway where we met and had lunch, then walked back around the lake.

Sport #1
  • Aerobics
  • 30m
Sport #2
  • Group Power
  • 30m
Sport #3
  • Yoga
  • 45m

Woot! I rocked the CENTER last night in the Firecracker 5000! I ran an average 8 minute 6 second pace. Splits:

Mile 1: 8:24

Mile 2: 8:17

Mile 3: 7:56

Last lap page: 6:49

Yeah baby!

I found Marie at the beginning with her husband and son. We hung around at the start then left our husbands (and her son) so that we could move up to the 8.5 min/mile pace area. I figured that would be about right with just having run a marathon, and actually being rather tired and not feeling great.

Got started together and she took off. I was fine with that. Suddenly right at about 1 km I just felt STRONG, we headed up a hill and I took off passing people right and left. No, I'm not the speediest wheel on the bike, but wow. I was amazed at how many people I passed! I passed Marie and called out to her and just kept on going. Decided to make a goal of negative splits, and hit that goal square on.

I really REALLY needed that boost last night. I have been feeling really horrible this week. My hormones are so messed up that yesterday was very ugly. I even hurt myself doing something really stupid in my anger and frustration. Poor Roy. When I asked him if he was mad at me (for my over the top reaction...and by over the top I mean Hulk x 1000), he said "No, I was just sad for you." Thank GOD he gets it. I have a friend who deals with similar issues and her husband just doesn't buy into the whole "PMS Thing." Where is that rusty bottle brush when you need it?

On a good note, I feel much more balanced today. I even managed to install a new video card into my computer without issues (other than unseating the RAM and trying to figure out the beep codes, and a frustrating thing where Microsoft in all its wonder, requires NVidia to disable cloning at a high resolution to a television, so the resolution I'm getting sucks ass). So now I can work on my computer in my room, and in the "gym" we can watch a DVD or workout video, or listen to music from the computer, or watch a movie from the computer, or watch TV through the computer. I feel so UBER GEEKY!

Today's plans are to have a very low key fourth. Our dogs need us to be around with all the fireworks. Murphy already has his valium on board (he's getting up there in age, and the fireworks make him IN-SANE). So we're going to have a fire in the firepit and watch the neighborhood explode around us. I have a long bike ride tomorrow so I may just stick with upper body workouts. Besides, I already got my run in today. Man I am STILL stocked from that run!

Run #1
  • 1h 10m 03s
  • 5.87 miles
  • 11m 56s /Mi

That's it, I need committment papers. My poor husband. MAJOR meltdown this morning over nohing. My hormones are so out of whack...

Ran in the rain. Ran home in the thunderstorm. Scary! That last half mile broke records, I'm sure. The first mile was pathetic because I walked most of it just because I was feeling so depressed.

Run #2
  • 25m 40s
  • 3.16 miles
  • 08m 07s /Mi

Woooo! Look at that PACE! I was ON last night. It was the Firecracker 5000. I love 5ks because I can just let it out and I know that I won't have to worry about trying to finish at the end.

I tried to go with about 80% RPE for mile 1, 90% for mile 2, and 95-100% for mile 3. REALLY felt great the entire time, except I strainged my left hamstring.

  • 48m 36s
  • 2200.00 yards
  • 02m 13s /100 yards

Swam across the lake and then some (swam out and then back in THEN across the lake). Good swim and felt solid the entire time.

  • 1h 05m 55s
  • 6.04 miles
  • 10m 55s /Mi

Slow-ish run with Dash. He was pretty good, although he still acts like I'm leading him to the slaughterhouse and stealing his candy at the same time.

Had a nice day, although my hormones are so all over the place I'm ready to have myself committed.

Chiro first, then off to a massage appointment. Joel worked his magic. Felt SO much better afterwards. Roy and I went and had lunch, then I swam for almost an hour. Dinner with Lisa T (she was half hour late, though...grrrr)and sat and watched the storm for a bit last night.

  • 47m 24s
  • 4.23 miles
  • 11m 13s /Mi

Wow, could I be any slower? Legs are tired and more sore today than yesterday, but by the end of the run they felt better. I even ran through the hills of Jennings Park and said to myself, "Self, why don't you run here more often?" There aren't a lot of trails, but they are nice and it's literally just down the street. I run past it on every run.

PFTD: Bike ride for sure, maybe bike out to Martha Lake and swim.

  • 1h 15m
  • 5.04 miles
  • 14m 53s /Mi

Okay so it was more like a walk...sue me. But hey, I ran over 75 miles in the last 8 days! My legs are a little tired.

I actually feel more stiff than anything. I am amazed that I took two IBU at mile 23 and NOTHING since. I didn't even take aspirin or IBU before bed! Go legs! Nothing needed this morning either.

I am convinced that it was the ice bath. I had Roy get a bag of ice when he went out to the store, then put tepid water in the tub, poured on the ice, and sat there for 15 minutes singing ice bath songs until I could no longer feel my lower half.

I have a massage and chiropractic adjustment scheduled for Wednesday. I plan to swim tomorrow. (I wanted to today, but SOMEBODY told me no because I needed a rest day. Hmph.) So since we're going to the B-52s concert in Seattle tomorrow I'm going to have Roy bring the kayak and swim across Greenlake a few times.

  • 4h 59m
  • 26.20 miles
  • 11m 25s /Mi

Were monkeys running this marathon? (2008)
Course: 4 Organization: 2 Fans: 2
T K from Pacific Northwest (6/29/08)
11-50 previous marathons | 4-5 SEAFAIR Marathons
I have run this race three times as a half marathoner, and this was my first time as a full marathoner and I could not believe how disorganized it was.

First of all, it was delayed by 15 minutes. Not a big deal, except that it was quickly getting hotter out by the minute. We live in the PNW. We wear shorts when it gets to 50, and start complaining about the heat wave at 62. (You think I'm kidding...) The loudspeaker guy was telling us all to line up on the course. The police office behind us was telling us all to get OFF the course because the road was still open. Never mind that literally if a car drove through the area we were on, they would have to drive over the start line. So we'd get off. Then the loudspeaker would say 'Start lining up! Get onto the course!' and the police loudspeaker lady would say 'Get off the street and onto the sidewalk!'

Finally the race started and we were on our way. The first water stop was so disorganized you had to stand and wait for water. I timed a two minute wait. Later on at mile 12 there were no cups at the water stop! They offered to poor water in our mouths. Um, I don't think so. Considering that by then it was mid-80s, that was NOT cool. Not only that, but they were within 2 blocks of a grocery store. Up until the point where we lost the half marathoners, every water stop was a scramble with no one who actually was holding water to hand out. You had to grab an empty cup and try to get the water into it yourself. What a difference from Grandma's marathon a week earlier where I practically had volunteers wanting to hold the cup for me while I drank!

I almost missed a turn because volunteers were talking, and it was spectators who told me which way to go. At another point I was directed INTO traffic. Another point I was held up so traffic could cross...only for a few seconds, but hey.

The worst, though, was that they ran the children's race on the same course at the end of the course, and funneled children and their parents INTO THE FINISHERS' CHUTE!

First of all, I just ran a marathon for which I payed a pretty penny. I deserve to be able to finish without having to dodge children (there were at least five in there when I was finishing) and mothers in capris and flip flops. The accomplishment of a marathon or half marathon is special and it was wrong of someone with half a brain to decide 'wouldn't it be neat if we had the KIDS there too?!' As I finished I ran up to the people with medals and was told, 'Oh, your medals are back THERE, these are for the kids.' Maybe not very PC of me, but I am sick and tired of every adult event being taken over by over-indulged children. (Nothing against kids. Love 'em to death and am a HUGE supporter of the children's races.)

Second of all, it was dangerous, especially at the time it was held. It was JUST as the 5 hour mark was coming up. I'm a runner trying to come in within 5 hours, I am tired, I am stumbly, I am dehydrated...the last thing I am thinking is 'Oh, I need to watch out for the four year old in front of me in case she stops...which she is doing and turning back and running towards me. Why is she doing that? She can't do that!' I nearly collided with a child, and saw other runners do the same. I had been focused on the word FINISH and the sound of the person trying to pass me in the chute behind me. Not on the children.

Third of all this meant that very tired runners who really needed water, and fast, were fighting for water with kids. (Well not literally FIGHTING...that wouldn't be very PC either.) A volunteer was trying to hand me a cup of water and a parent was saying 'Take it Johnny! Take that one!' and the volunteer is lifting it higher so he can't reach it, but I can, and the parent reaches for it. He just ran 100 meters. I just ran 42 ya MIND if I get a drink first?

Put the kids race on expo day, somewhere else in the park, etc. Don't NOT do the kids race, but DO NOT DO IT WHERE THE ADULT MARATHONERS ARE RUNNING!

Weather was unseasonably hot, but what are you going to do. It wasn't horrible when we ran along the lake but once we got into town...oy vey!

Two other friends and I (not running together) had GPS units and measured the course almost a full mile short.

Good stuff: Love the new course. It is REALLY challenging and anyone who says it is fast is on crack. Don't be fooled. This course will challenge you. First there are hills, then more hills, then even more hills. Then, there are hills. Now I don't actually MIND hills and hey, with the short course I still made it under my 'please don't let me be any longer than 5 hours' cutoff. (Although inside, the short course really harshes my mellow.) But it is not a great course for a PR! That's for sure!

There were more volunteers on the course than I've seen in years past and they were great. Supporters are still pretty sparse, but I think it's because they really need to learn how to make this a community event, not 'something that those runner types do...and you know, they are kind of strange.' Some marathons they need to look at for help with that: SLC, Grandma's, Eugene, Portland. There did seem to be more spectators than I remember in the past, but many of them waited for their runners and cheered only for them. We need some coffee shop or something to organize 'cheer zones' like they have in NYC (I think Tulley's Coffee gave away free coffee and doo-dads for supporters) so people get 'This is a sporting event and those people out there LOVE it when you cheer for them, no matter if they are 2:10 marathoners or 6:10 marathoners.'

Loved running across 520, and what a gorgeous day for it!

Pirates were awesome! Love the cannon at the start.

I will do this race again on the condition that they move the children's race to another spot. (Like they're just sitting around wondering what that chick in the skirt who came in at just under 5 hours wants before they plan next year.) Even with the problems, I'd run it again because it is a REALLY good challenge. Plus I had my own cheer squad (my husband) from mile 18 to the finish, and that rocked.

What is going on with BT? I save my data and it doesn't show up. I reopen the day, my run is in swim. I did it again, it didn't show up. I look again, my run is in bike. 

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