6th & 7th Races of 2015: Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & Freedom Run 10K
You may have noticed that some of my events this year are TeamUP Tour Stops, where I team up in support of our Co-captains. The other events are races in which I'm participating solo. Occasionally the 2 will overlap, as they did with Darren at the Portland Rock 'n' Roll event where both of us were able to run. For the rest of my Tour Stops last month--with Trent, Jamie and Jill--I was on the sidelines cheering for my co-captains and helping out with media efforts.
June just happened to be a month of solo events for me...but not to worry! In July I'll be pairing up with Todd Hart, Barbie Barnett and Shannon Poortenga--can't wait to see them in Utica, NY and in Chicago. Meanwhile, I've been focusing on getting stronger after my surgery and getting back into shape for the slew of events coming up.
Friday, June 12th:
Jim has been working this week in the Spokane and Seattle areas while I've been working in NC, but tonight I join him for the weekend as we both plan to run the Rock 'n' Roll Seattle event. It's going to be a quick 2.5 day trip from coast-to-coast but I'm looking forward to it as one more step towards my recovery from abdominal surgery. Because this wasn't an official work trip for me I didn't take as many photos, nor will I spend as much time detailing the events of the weekend. Instead, here's the lazy-girl way to summarize the trip: SNAPSHOT SUMMARY!
|Stunning view from the plane of Mt. Ranier as we approach our landing in Seattle.|
|Perfect day on the ground in the SoDo area where we're staying while here.|
|Our hotel is located midway between Century Link field (home of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks|
and the MLS' Seattle Sounders) and Safeco Field (home of the MLB's Seattle Mariners).
|Jim will not be arriving at the hotel until later this evening (again, he's been working in|
Spokane this week) so I find a place to eat dinner near the hotel. First course, grilled asparagus.
|Second course Salmon Club Sandwich (no bacon). I ate at a place across from Century|
Link Field called Elysian Fields.
|The view from the other side of our rooftop pool patio. You can barely see the Space Needle in the far distance.|
|Robinson Cano can't take his eyes off of me.|
Another picture-perfect day here in Seattle...not a cloud in the sky as we get to the Space Needle for the start of the race. I won't go into much detail here before getting back to my Snapshot Summary, just an update as to our race plans for the day: I originally signed up for the Full Marathon here but because it's only been 4 weeks since I've been allowed to run I'm not sure I will be up for the Full. Jim and I plan to run together until he splits off for the Half, at which point I can decide to go with him to the Half finish line or continue on to the Full with fellow gypsy, David DeNeire. "Choices, choices..."
|From this angle the Space Needle looks like some sort of alien bug.|
|THE VIP, Joe Harris! Love you, Joe!! (Photo-bombed by Jesus' eyes and the side of Kamika's head)|
|Doh! For the second time this year Jim forgot to check his reading glasses before the|
start of the race. Now he's gonna have to wear them for 13.1 miles. BTW, I love your
support for the CMTA paired with your support for ALD on your bib!
|I wish I took this picture but all credit goes to Al for capturing the fireworks that indicated|
the official start of the race. Best starting gun ever! And great timing on the photo, Al!
|Michelle, thank you for keeping me focused...I love my "Awesome Socks!"|
(Marathon finisher's medal on the right, my bonus Roadie Heavy Medal for completing
5 Rock'n'Roll races so far in 2015.)
|Jim, Joe, and Kamika waited for David and me to finish the Full...so did Ron, Susan and Al|
but they had to leave before we got the photo. I love my Gypsy family and owe them so
much in return for their love and support.
Jim had waited so long for David, Jesus and me to finish the Full that he was starving and
in need of a "real beer" as opposed to the Michelob Ultra "post-race recovery beers". He
found the nearest pub to the finish line so we all followed him there despite the fact that none
of us were showered. At least we all changed into semi-clean clothes before going indoors.
|The bartender standing in front of me was preparing these garnishes. Yes, that's right,|
this is a GARNISH to a drink. Fried jalapeño popper, mozzarella stick, Angus beef slider and
a slab of bacon...
|....were added to the Bloody Mary's as a garnish! (No, no one in our group was ready for|
this level of commitment.)
|That's just crazy.|
We had a great morning at the race followed by a fun afternoon with a slew of Gypsies. By early evening we were all dragging...and Jim and I still hadn't been back to our hotel to shower. Thanks to David for giving us a ride back to SoDo--a much needed treat after such a long day!
Sunday, June 14th:
With a good night's sleep behind us we felt refreshed enough to plan an early breakfast with the gypsies still in town. We settled on a place midway between all parties, a breakfast spot called Planet Java Diner. Here's a link to their website, but I can say we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the hospitality of the staff towards our large, rambunctious group:
|Selfie-Master Ron is at it again, this time with the Breakfast Club.|
|Greek Omelet, crispy hash-browns and English muffins...delish!|
|A busy Sunday at this iconic market.|
|Found a friend in a local chocolate shop, couldn't resist a hug.|
|And finally, back to our hotel for the afternoon...finally able to enjoy the pool.|
|I spent most of my time in the hot tub recuperating from yesterday's efforts.|
|Wish we didn't have to leave tonight...|
|I think Jim could get used to this life.|
|One more look at this weekend's bling.|
Freedom Run 10K ** Greensboro, North Carolina
Saturday, June 27th:RACE DAY!!
Jim and I took last weekend off from running and instead celebrated Father's Day on the golf course and with family. We actually had a rare 2 weekends in a row at home so this weekend we chose to run the Freedom Run 10K as our workout. After all, this race is only about a mile from our house so we had no good excuse not to!
|Jim comes back to where I've been stretching after a brief warm up. So far the weather|
here is not as hot nor humid as it's traditionally been for this race so he's feeling happy.
|Start line selfie--let's do this!|
|When I finished I ran back down to Laura and Manny just in time to|
catch Jim coming up The Hill. You'll note that Jim is just coming up on the guys
in green but a few moments later...
|He's well past them. The guys gave in and walked a bit while Jim kept trudging along.|
Nice run, Jim!
|Happy Early Birthday, America!|