You know what I wish? I wish I was running my Sub-2 Half next weekend.
Because I’m sort of ready. Saturday’s long run of 13 miles, which was run at a nice conversational pace, was a 2:06. I know I can break 2. And right now, I am healthy and ready. But my race isn’t until Sept. 18. I have to wait for more than a month! And there’s that little thing called Hood to Coast before then, too.
Saturday’s run was a lot of fun. Zoë (Run, Zoë, Run) and her little Goober, me and Mel (Tall Mom on the Run), all met at the Orting Trail at 7 for 13. Well, Zoë and Goob would hang as long as possible, since pushing a jogging stroller is not easy. I’ve done it and I refuse to do it longer than 4-5 miles. Zoë made it past 7! (Goob fell asleep.)
I engaged my friends on the Mom vs. Marathon Facebook page the night before then run to see what I should wear: my crimson Washington State University Tempo shorts or my pink Washington State University tech-tee. Mel showed up in a Gonzaga tee and Zoë sported purple for her alma mater and WSU rival, University of Washington.
Janna arrived to get her Fleet Feet training group course marked and ready. It was fun hearing about her 50-miler! Then we asked her to take our picture.
|Me, Zoë and Goober, and Mel.|
It is such a difference from this picture taken (also by Janna, I think) in January 2010:
|Mel, and Zoë. Me, circa frump.|
Of course, this one was after we ran. I ran 10 hard miles that day. I think Mel and Zoë ran 11. But look at us in the top picture: We look so much more confident now, don’t we? Also, as Mel said, I have found my “adorability.” Aw, thanks Mel. I think it has to do with confidence.
Which is why I am READY to go after my Sub-2…NOW!
Things that happened during our run (Miles 1-7.35):
- A man running with a PACK of German shepherds came toward us. There were probably 8-10 of them and none of them were on leashes. I called them Iditarod German shepherds. The girls thought they looked small for German shepherds so I hypothesized that maybe they were actually a breed called Belgian Malinois, a dog that looks like a German shepherd, but is smaller. They made fun of me for knowing this, but I only know it because my brother-in-law is a K9 police officer and has worked with this breed before.
- An Emu…or at least something that looked like one. It was fenced, not running wild or anything.
- Lots of runners, including Facebook friend and WeROKC member Carla!
Miles 7.35-13 (in the other direction):
- Lots more runners!
- Four young male runners that looked like they might’ve been on a cross country team — all running in stride. Mel challenged them to a race, but they just laughed at us. What?!
- We heard a whistle, then some hootin’ and hollerin’. What the? Then Zoë drove by on her way home with Goober. Hahahaha!
- We passed a McDonald’s at about Mile 12 and I said, “I’m gettin’ a chocolate-dipped cone on my way home!” (Well, I got a vanilla cone because the chocolate hadn’t been heated up yet. “That’s okay,” I told the young man working the drive-thru. “I realize 9:50 a.m. is a little early for a chocolate-dipped cone.” But he assured me that it usually is ready, they’d just recently cleaned it and it hadn’t reheated yet.)
Don't worry, once you get to that sub-2 readiness, you will probably stay there. The best thing to do is maintain and give yourself a good race plan come race day. Once I got my sub-2 finish, I never looked back.You'll get there FOR SURE!Oh…and you do look ADORABLE. I love the braids. Hmmm… maybe I should get myself some running gear for my alma mater. Go DUCKS! 😉
How cool to be running with your friends. I wish I got to see all the stuff you did on my runs. My runs seem to be pretty boring. Not alot of people out an moving where I live.Congrats on your run.
You are total awesomesauce! that sub 2 is yours! And I totally agree with Mel. You are embracing your “adorability”
You do look adorable, and so thin! Love the braids.That sub 2 at YGG is yours, can't wait!
The sub-2 is in the bag. ENJOY Hood to Coast. It will be a blast. :)ANd you look AMAZING! You look confident, adorable, and like you have lost weight. Awesome! 🙂
You said Circa Frump…you look so cute, adorable, and confident!!! It's awesome!!So surely you can find a half i the ext two weeks! Too bad Tacoma Narrows just passed. =/ I can't really remember any before Jock n Jill on Labor Day weekend. But you'll get it on the 18th!!! And it will be AMAZING!!!!Oh and I bet that guy was training those dogs. If they were young germans there is a training school out there somewhere in the area that trains world renowned German Shepherds. Pretty cool!
GO COUGS! You are an inspiration to all of us! Thank you for sharing all of your successes! You look fantastic and yes very confident! Best of luck!
haha a big ice cream cone would be the perfect thing after a hot run!
You are definitely on the ADORABLE list. The sub 2 is definitely in your reach!!
There is no doubt the sub 2 is totally yours. :)You ARE adorable!!!!
What an adventure filled run…you definitely look adorable!Too bad you can't find a half next weekend and just go run it 🙂 ah you'll do great when the time comes I'm sure!
You totally have that sub-2 in the bag. I can't wait to read how many minutes under 2:00 you come in at. You are rocking your plan and your times are awesome! I'm a little jealous. 😉 I'm getting the miles that my plan calls for, but with low temps in the 90's in Texas my overall times just aren't that great. I have to do my speed workouts on the treadmill to be able to hit the goal paces without collapsing of heat exhaustion. 🙁
yup — you are definitely rocking the adorable look!! 🙂 thanks to the braids and the skinny new bod :)I agree — I bet you can maintain and build upon your readiness for your sub-2 race — you are doing great with all of your training!LOVE the McD's cones, too!!!!
ADORABLE and fast and ready!! And remember that we did not run TOGETHER in the old photo and now we are all running together :)love it!!
There were lots of runners out there, but you three were the most stylish by far. It's inspiring to see three happy, cute, confident runners out having fun. You're going to KILL it at YGG!
You are sooooo ready and you look adorable in the braids!!! Obviously, captain obvious!
wow great run! also love all the pink!
I love that you stopped for a cone!!! I think i may have waited for the chocolate to heat lol.
I've had those feelings many times in the fast – like, can it be race day TODAY please? It's hard not to worry that you won't be feeling as strong as you do now, but keep doing what you're doing (and please be careful at H2C) and there's nothing to worry about. INTHE BAGAnd I love how adorable AND confident you are now!!! You've worked for that. Own it!!!
TOTALLY adorable. Love the braids!