Project TEAM JIM: Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Thursday, June 19th:
Although this race was not on my official schedule, I opted to go out to the Northwest coast to join Jim for the weekend. He had 8 days of work out there and planned to do the race over the weekend, even though he was still battling a torn calf muscle. He promised himself he would walk the entire race, even though he wasn't looking forward to doing so by himself, so I told him I'd fly out for a short trip to accompany him on the effort.
I had a full day of work in NC so I couldn't take an early flight, and thus my arrival in Seattle was 10:20pm Pacific Time (1:20am to my body clock). Despite the late hour, the last few moment of daylight were still hanging on! We landed on the edge of a thunderstorm which made for dramatic views from the plane:
To my great surprise, Jim took the train from downtown to meet me at baggage claim--I thought I'd have to take the train on my own to the hotel. Here's what I saw when I descended via the escalator:
|Thanks, Jim, for the escort into town!|
|Jim is making great use of the battery pack that Dad |
gave him for Christmas. Thanks, Dad, these are fantastic!
From the train station, we still had about 3 blocks to walk back to the hotel...I found myself being ever more grateful that I didn't have to take this midnight trek on my own...
Friday, June 20th:
For the sake of getting this blog posted before I run my next race (the Chicago Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon) I am opting to post the photos with very minimal commentary. I know this is cheating, but since this race wasn't an official race anyway, I'm deciding I can get away with this.
|Up early on Friday to hit the Expo before Jim |
had to go to work for the day.
|I can't resist silly photo ops, and I'm showing off|
my CMTA race gear.
|Jim bonds with the Seattle Seahawks...|
|"He followed me home, Beth...can I keep him?"|
|A friendly face! George snuck up on us as we|
were heading to the Expo.
|"Imagine seeing you here!" We find Joe Harris and|
discover he has the same idea we did; coffee then Expo.
|Joe autographs the photo of David and himself|
in Emily's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Jewelry booth.
|And Jim does the same....|
|And I follow suit....|
|Dan Evans sighting!|
|Jim C. and Shaun sighting! From here, Jim went on to his|
appointments for the day, and I went back to the hotel to
put in my 8 hours of work via phone and computer.
Saturday, June 21st: RACE DAY!!
With only 4 hours of sleep on Thursday night, it was easy to get to sleep last night by 8:00pm. I felt rested when my 5:00am alarm went off and was ready to walk the Half Marathon with Jim. Off we went to meet Ron and Susan Carino at their hotel near the race start.
|On our 2 mile walk to the race start, we run into Shaun as he's|
finishing up the sound system set-up.
|Maria, this is for you! (My sister, Maria, works at Johns Hopkins|
in a partner project with this foundation).
|Another Kamika sighting!|
|So great to be back with our Gypsy friends!|
|Can't resist another silly photo op...|
|Selfies with gypsies (Susan, Jim, Ron, Al, me and Caryn)|
|The Magnificent 7 (and one yellow photo-bomber) are|
reunited in Seattle after last being together in our San Antonio
to Las Vegas "Double Double" adventure.
|I'll let you put this together, but here's the crew waiting for Jim|
to finish something detailed in the previous 2 photos...
|We did it!|
|Magnificent 7-minus-1 !|
|These shots are views from the Ferris Wheel, which|
I finally got to ride!
I know, I know... I should have provided more details. I will summarize by saying this was such a good decision--to make the short (long!) trip to Seattle to participate in the race with Jim. It was incredibly special to spend such quality time with great friends, who out of the goodness in their hearts and their generosity of spirit, chose to support Jim along the route. I know I speak for everyone when I say that a great time was had by all.
To my gypsy friends everywhere, I love you guys!!
See you in Chicago!!!