The month of June and the Seattle race is where all this half marathon and eventually marathon racing business began. Before the Rock and Roll race series came to Seattle the race was the Seafair Marathon and Half Marathon. Myself and 4 of my best gal pals trained our little butts off for it starting at about 3 miles and making out way up to the half marathon distance on race day. Let me take you back on a little trip down memory lane (since I didn't have a blog back then) with my history with the Seafair turned Rock and Roll race...
2008 - Seafair Half Marathon - 2 hours 35 minutes
|pre-race with my ladies|
|post race BBQ celebration with friends and family|
2009 - Inaugural Rock and Roll Seattle - 2 hours, 18 minutes
I was a little skeptical of this HUGE race and how well it would get pulled off in Seattle and while they had some shuttle bus logistical nightmares it was clear the Rock and Roll race series knows what the heck they are doing. My whole team of ladies ran this race as well and for most of us this was our 3rd or 4th half marathon. I have to be honest and say I don't remember too much about this race other than the fact that people freaked out over seeing a bald eagle on the course (tourists!) and that there was this huge dog hanging out a second floor window of a house watching all the runners go by like a spectator.
|This photo makes me really happy!|
2010 - Seattle Rock and Roll - 2 hours 11 minutes
Second year of the Rock and Roll, same course from Tukwila to Seattle and same group of ladies. At this point we had visions of marathons in some of our futures, including Lindsey, who actually acted on the vision and ran the 2010 Seattle Rock and Roll marathon. Seeing her finish immediately started an email chain between a few of us and before we knew it the 2011 Chicago Marathon was on our calendar. I would definitely say this is the race that fueled the desire to try a marathon.
|Lindsey finishing the marathon STRONG!|
2011 - Seattle Rock and Roll - 2 hours 3 minutes
Hey, I was blogging then so you can all go read about it here if you want! I had semi-dreams about running this sub 2 hours but wasn't expecting too much since it is such a crowded race and finding our groove in the beginning can be a little tough. Although the 4th year running this race felt a lot like the previous years, in 2011 I wasn't just going to taper off my running after this race like I usually did. Marathon training was in full swing after June 2011 and I didn't stop until October!
|It was our 4th running anniversary!|
Well to be determined of course! This year the Rock and Roll race has some big changes including a new start and finish line with an almost entirely different course. While I can't say I'm excited about running in South Seattle the course doesn't look half bad and Katie, Lindsey and myself from our original 5 ladies will be running again this year. Of course, being part of this awesome blogging community has made my excitement for this years race go up about 100% and I can't wait to meet so many new ladies, reunite with my Mt. Si Relay crew and meet my Nuun Ragnar teammates!
So what are my goals for this half? I don't have any :). I got my sub 2 hour and that is good enough for me this year. Will I still run my hardest? Probably...why else would I pay an insane amount of money to run on city streets ;).
On a weather related note...it has NEVER rained during this race so knock on wood it keeps up the streak. I'll be back later this week with an official forecast from some experts at NOAA...stay tuned!
Question: Whose running the Seattle Rock and Roll? Are you going to the blogger meetup at 3:00PM at the expo on Friday?