Here are a few pictures from the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on June 26, 2010.
Jeanie, Jenny and myself just before leaving the hotel and beginning our epic journey to the start line. Jeanie flew up with her boyfriend from Sacramento to run the Half Marathon. She PR'ed!
A little inspiration I wrote on my hand that I saw on Frayed Laces blog a while back and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it! I wrote one word on my other hand: "Breathe!" which seemed appropriate the last couple miles and going up those hills. I'm also wearing a Brooks running jacket that I found in a thrift store for $4 and planned to use as a throw away before the race (temps were in the mid-50s), but I couldn't part with it and left it in the car. Now I'm stoked I still have it!
This is Jenny and I running by my family members somewhere around mile 15 or 16 I think.
One of the people donating to our fundraiser specifically asked us to use their donation on ourselves in Seattle. We decided to buy matching shirts and Brooks running hats. We also decorated our shirt backs. Mine reads "For Dad and A.H.A. Seattle Marathon Rock n Roll!" Jenny's shirt reads: "We love (*red heart) Seattle Marathon Rock n Roll."
This was taken at the family reunion area at the finish line. It was the first time Jenny and my parents met each other. It was also quite cold and I started shivering uncontrollably. Now I know why they give you those emergency blankets.
At the Health and Fitness Expo the Planters representatives were handing out free pedometers. I've never used one before and I'm not sure about the accuracy and quality of it, but I clipped it onto my pants anyways. This picture was taken at the finish line. More than 41,000 steps? Holy crap if that's accurate! Wow! No wonder my feet were tired!
After having our free MGD 64 beers and getting into a car to warm up we went to the food court in a mall in Tukwilla near our hotel to gorge on food. This was taken unbeknown to me in the parking lot. I'm standing there completely dazed and staring at the single step that lies between me and the food!
Later that night all of our families and friends met at the Tap House in downtown Seattle for dinner. I couldn't decide on what local microbrew I wanted to drink so I ordered the bartender's special and got a variety pack!
I just have to show off what I rewarded myself at the expo for 18 weeks of marathon training - the new Brooks Cascadia trail running shoes! I haven't run in them yet, but I was wearing them during several of our walking/hiking trips after the race. This was on a dock on Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Park near Marymere Falls. The shoes feel awesome so far!
And finally... to redeem myself for the MGD 64 comments that Will Run for Beer called me out on in my last post I have to show everyone that I did, in fact, celebrate the marathon properly with this awesome giant Hennepin Belgian Ale! I drank the whole damn thing the night after the night after the marathon and loved every drop!