We are picking up this Seattle adventure report from Friday night, which you can read about here.
Saturday morning was the inaugural 5k for the Rock N Roll Seattle weekend. If you ran the 5k as well as either the half or full marathon on Sunday, you got an extra medal. So clearly it was a no-brainer. I did check with my coach first and she was cool with me using it as a shake out run for the half. I had no doubt that I would be able to behave myself and enjoy the extra experience, get another medal, and get another chance to support the race.
The 5k was set to start at 9am, which was nice because it meant we did not have to get up too early. So I hopped over to Starbucks for oatmeal with banana and peanut butter, and of course coffee with collagen and milk.
From there, I walked down to CenturyLink Field and got on a shuttle. The race had arranged shuttles for $15 to take the runners over to the Museum of Flight. In the future, I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the buses. I know some people were not thrilled about paying $15. However, an Uber or Lyft would have been more than double that to have transportation both ways. And the light rail would have probably been pretty easy except I have no interest in figuring it out at 7am on Saturday hahaha #lazy.
I was early, of course. But I didn’t mind one bit – I would just assume hang out where I need to be rather than sit in my hotel room and be anxious about not being on time. It wasn’t too chilly, there were benches to sit on, and cool little planes to watch take off. People must keep their personal airplanes there. I did not run into Christian from 50 Shades of Grey landing Charlie Tango after sweeping Ana off her feet.
Before we lined up, I met two very cool people while waiting. One gal was from Arizona and we got along right away. We talked races, compared notes, and just talked running in general. Another guy that I met was doing the Rock n Roll Tour Pass. Basically you pay a fee for the whole year and you can do any race you want within the Rock n Roll series. He had promised his kids he would do it when he turned 60, so he was doing a new race event every weekend – the 5k and half. He has 9 kids! That’s a lot of peer pressure if I’ve ever heard it. I told him he should start a blog, but he said Facebook was enough to keep up with. I would imagine with 9 children, that is very true.
The overall feel of the race was pretty calm and low key, and the group wasn’t too big. They lined everyone up right about 8:45 and starting cranking the music. I stowed my bag with gear check and got in my corral. I didn’t get up to the front of my corral because the plan was to trot along nice and slow. And I did do that. But you guys, I will say – it took a massive amount of self control. Something came over me when the gun went off. It was bizarre. I was like maybe I should just throw a surge in to see if I still have some turnover. What?! No! But luckily I am well practiced at reining myself in and checked my pace (and my ego) to stay in the high 8s/low 9s.
The course was a nice little out and back loop around the streets surrounding the air museum. It was definitely hard to keep my pace where I wanted, but I knew keeping slow would pay off the next day. I definitely have the bug to race a 5k now more than I ever did before.
As the race was an out back, you could see some people coming as others were leaving. It was beyond inspiring to see folks running. I even saw a couple of young kids doing the race with their parents and that was pretty neat.
After the race, then runners were allowed free admission into the museum. It was a lot of fun to walk around and see the old planes and technology, and learn about how far we’ve come.
After I took the shuttle back to my hotel, I showered and got dressed (in activewear of course). I found lunch at Homegrown sandwiches. I got a turkey, cheese & avocado with a cup of tomato soup. I ended up eating half the sandwich because one half had a ton on mayo – which I definitely did not ask for. It was all good because it ended up being just the right amount of food anyway.
After spending some time with them, I went back to my hotel room and relaxed for a little bit. I noticed my Garmin (this is the Fenix 5S Sapphire), said my training status was “peaking.” I’d never seen that before – usually it just says maintaining, productive, or unproductive. I was very excited about this haha!
After reading some of my book and going into a brief YouTube vortex, I decided to walk down to Pike’s Place market before dinner. The main goal of this outing was to get my dad a video of the famous fish market where they throw the fish. If you haven’t been, you can watch a clip on YouTube here (just don’t get sucked into a vortex!
We went when I was very little and they scared me with that big fish by making it leap out of the ice at me. Clearly I was not impressed.
From Pike’s Place, I walked another short couple of blocks to dinner with my friend Heather at Orfeo. Heather wasn’t racing Sunday (she is recovering from Mountains to Beach – and you should go read her blog here), but she still ate Italian with me. This is why runners make the best friends. Bloggers also make the best friends because not only do they not judge you when you take a food photo, they are also taking a food photo – so there can be food photo INCEPTION. Anyway – dinner was delicious and so much fun and the highlight of my trip!
Also yes, I had 1 glass of wine. I have 2 glasses on Friday nights before I do my long runs on Saturdays. Nothing new on race day! I take it seriously. I honestly think it helps me relax and fall asleep. Plus, it truly is part of the routine.
The boyfriend didn’t believe I would eat the chocolate, so photographic evidence had to be taken. Then I got right in bed for a solid night’s sleep before the half the next day.
Recap to come tomorrow!