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Today was the Seattle Marathon…. a long-ass run around Seattle and Lake Washington. They also have a half-marathon course, which is only 13.1 miles instead of the longer 26.2 mile course. Let’s go back about 7 weeks… one of my co-workers, Stefany, told me she was planning on running the half-marathon and I thought it sounded like a cool idea. I’ve run 5 or 6 miles before, so the entire 13 couldn’t be that bad…right? During weekends in Oct & Nov, I would attempt longer runs, 7 then 8 then finally a 10 mile ordeal while home in Hawaii in early Nov. Since then, i’ve been working a bunch and have not been able to run during the weekdays and only got in a 6 mile run in once. Fast forward to this morning. I met Stefany at the start line and we were about 50 yards behind the actual start line due to the thousands of people running with us. When the starting gun went off, we immediately went… nowhere. It took a little bit for the crowd to move and for us to get to the start line. Once there we got a medium jog going, since the pack was so thick. After a couple miles, it thinned out and Stef and I were having a nice run and conversations that got our minds off of the distance left. At mile 5, i realized Stef was keeping a slower pace than I wanted, so we wished each other well and i took off ahead. Even though this was my first organized run of any kind, I still wanted to make good time, and for me, that was under 2 hours. That’s just a round number that sounds good. The rest of the run wasn’t too bad, except my left knee started to feel like jello after mile 10….
The last mile seemed the easiest, since there was no pain after seeing the finish in sight. Lee and Sachi were there to cheer for me as I approached the finish line and they got a good picture of me passing by. I crossed the line at 2 hours, 2 min, 14 seconds…. Sooooo close to my sub-2-hour goal. Afterwards, when my legs started to rest, it hurt to bend my left knee…. and now (10 hours later) it just hurts to move in general…
And to follow a relaxing 13.1 mile morning run, I met some friends for a Seahawks tailgate and then went to today’s 4 1/2 hour game (which the Seahawks finally won in overtime!). Not the best way to recoup from a long run (especially walking up 8 flights of stairs to get to our upper-level seats), but I had a blast today. Maybe I’ll sign up for next years run…. maybe.