I don't know if I'm going to run with my coworkers, or do it on my own. I'd like to at least carpool with them because I don't want to go into Seattle on my own, but we haven't talked about it very much.
So . . . this last weekend . . .
I ran Bloomsday. I ended up going to Spokane alone. Damian had a track meet on Friday and I couldn't take Maddox because Damian was going to be my babysitter while I ran. I don't/didn't trust my aunt to watch him, and I don't think she could have anyway. She didn't feel very good the entire time I was there. So they both stayed home and I did the 6 hour drive on my own. That particular drive is very hard because the first 3 and a half hours are the same as going to my parent's house. About 1 hour from my parents house though you turn and still have another 2 and a half hours left of the drive which makes that time awful.
Anyway, I made it okay. I listened to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for most of the trip. I also rolled my shoulders while driving with a lacrosse ball, which worked surprisingly well. My shoulders are surprisingly less sore.
My cousin's son is living with my aunt right now. I can't stand my cousin, but I actually like a couple of his kids (I've only really hung out with 2 of his 4). My aunt was in bed when I got there, but awake, she came out and said hi and went back to bed. My cousin (cousin once removed, but I'll call him my cousin from now on) was awake and he likes to talk. And talk. And talk. I went to bed around 11, or later, not sure exactly and I think he was still talking.
On Saturday morning I was up earlier than everyone else, which isn't new for me. =) I got my coffee and read for a little bit. I was thinking that it will be nice not to have any kids, but it wasn't long before my cousin was up and talking again. He had to go to work and my aunt wasn't feeling very good so was laying down, so I thought I'd get a break. But I did want to go for a run. My aunt heard me getting dressed to run and she came out and said there was a bluff a little ways down the road. I was only wanting to go about 3 miles, but I figured if I got lost it'd be okay to go farther. I decided to go to the bluff my aunt talked about and see where that led me.
Anyway, when I got back I showered and was looking forward to a quiet afternoon reading without kids. Ha! My aunt decided to come out and chat. I think I read a total of 15 pages. =(
I had to go to the Trade Show to pick up my race packet but my cousin wanted to go with me. He was late getting home from work, but we went after he got there. It was kind of fun wandering the trade show with him. When we first entered the area there was a place giving out donuts, I think they were selling them, but they had mini donuts as samples. I went to grab one and the guy gave us this paper hat upside full of mini donuts, so we wandered around carrying a big thing of donuts snacking on them. =) I wish I had taken a picture but I didn't think of it.
I was looking for a armband that would fit my phone with the case on it. I just got one a couple weeks ago and I hate it. It's too big for my phone, it bounces around a lot. (I ordered it online.) The armband I did find was a bit more than I wanted to spend, so I ended up not getting it. But we had fun.
My cousin drove me to the race start on Sunday morning. We were almost late because there were no safety pins in the bag and I didn't realize that. I spent too long looking for some in my aunt's house, and then found 4 in my car. =) I guess that's the life of a runner.
So my cousin dropped me off and I passed an empty porta potty, but thought that I was late and wanted to get to my color corral, so didn't stop even though I had to go. That was such a stupid mistake, the closer I got, the longer the lines were. By the time I got to yellow (the runner's corral) the line was ridiculously long. I decided I could wait until I found one on the course. Ha!
|At the start, the first time I've been close enough|
to the start line to see it from where I was standing.
It's the balloons that you can barely see.
From experience, I knew there were outhouses close(ish) to the start and I knew I needed to stop, no matter what. I got to them about mile 2 and thankfully the line wasn't long.
I did not really go into this race hoping to make a PR, I didn't think I could. I haven't been very fast in my regular runs, almost all my 5 mile runs have been over 9 min miles, but I kinda hoped I would. I'm going to walk it next year with my sister and I don't know if I'll run it again, but I wasn't putting any pressure on myself.
About mile 6 an old high school friend was there cheering on his twin brother (who starts with the elite runners, no joke, he had a 6.35 avg min/mile time) and then waited for my slowness to pass him. I didn't stop, but I waved on my way past. And then at mile 7 my aunt, cousin and sister were waiting. I high fived them, they took a picture and I kept running. =)
Anyway, when I crossed the finish line the time said 1:15:?? and I was pretty bummed, my previous time was 1:10:15. It took me a little while to remember that I didn't start with the gun, but was actually quite a bit back . . . so I waited, very impatiently for the official results to post.
|My aunt and I. I'm wearing the Bloomsday shirt, which you |
can only get if you finish. No medal, just a shirt.
I just looked up the official race photos, and I don't have any that are as good as the ones from 2 years ago, but I have a couple good ones. You may have to zoom in quite a bit to see me in the first one, but I'm wearing a pink shirt and purple striped capri pants.
|Behind the blonde with the purple pants|