Thursday, June 24, 2010

It's Officially Official With All The Officialness

I picked up my bib, t-shirt and swag bag today at the Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo.  My first half marathon is on SATURDAY.  I've been reluctant to post on here how my training is going because I didn't want to disappoint myself when I didn't reach certain goals. 

My training was going really well until about mid-May and then I had to stop.  I got shin splints and tried to keep going, but didn't want to make it worse.  Plus, it eventually became almost impossible to run because of the pain.  But I kept my shins iced and stretched, and switched to doing a more weightlifting based workout regimen.  I'm not fully prepared for the race, but I've gone on several shorter runs in the last few weeks and the shin pain hasn't returned.  So come Saturday, I'm going to run as much as I can, but at a pretty calm pace, and walk if I feel the pain creeping up on me again.  My "predicted finish time" is 3:00:00.  I would be pretty happy if I beat that time, and I think I can do it.  The course is awesome, winding through some beautiful parts of Seattle.

 Running along Lake Washington

Port of Seattle and Waterfront


Last Year's Finish Line (same as this year)


The race expo was fun, as they always are.  I get such a rush from all the positive energy in that type of atmosphere and it was really cool to see all the different types of people picking up their race goodies.  My good friend, Sabrina, was working at the Larabar booth handing out free samples so we got a chance to walk around and catch up a bit. 

So here's my bib, timing chip and official race shirt!  The shirt's pretty cool, and it's GREEN, which means I can reuse it for next year's St. Patrick's Day Dash


See you at the finish line!

21 comments:

  1. You're gonna rock it! So proud of you and excited to hear how it goes! xoxo

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  2. Wow! That will be such an achievement! Good luck :)

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  3. OMG I am soooo excited for you!!! Goodluck lady!

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  4. You are a rockstar!!!!!!!!!! I am sending you good thoughts for an awesome run

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  5. Thank you EVERYONE for your encouragement and sweet comments!

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  7. A half marathon through Seattle sounds dreamy. Sounds like you have a very reasonable plan to make it to the finish line ... I just hope you ENJOY the experience!

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  8. Hi, just came across your blog!! Good luck this weekend! I have always wanted to do a half marathon... I hope your shins are feeling better.. Shin splints are the worst!! Can't wait to hear how well you do :)

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  9. AWESOME! I ran my first half marathon last November. It was a lot of fun and the scenery was very pretty (it was through fields and trails with trees and tunnels).

    The Seattle one looks great!! Good Luck! I'm sure you'll do fine :)

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  10. You're going to do great, and the weather is supposed to cooperate as well so that's an added bonus. :-)

    BTW - love the new layout.

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  11. I saw the bib and immediately thought it was the St. Patrick's Day Dash before I remembered it's only June. I love running races just because of all of that positive energy. Good luck!

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  12. Good luck! It looks like you will have some great scenery for the race!

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  13. It's so cool you're doing the R&R Marathon, wow! I have friends that have done it in past years and/or are racing tomorrow. It sounds like a really fun event. Good luck, you're going to do AMAZING! :)

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  14. That's so cool! I'm sure you did great. Congrats!

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  15. Hope it went fabulously!! :-)

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