Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Recap

Did I seriously just run 13.1 miles 5 months preggo???  WTH?  
I'm not going to be able to walk tomorrow.
Kick ass!!
I can't feel my left toe.
That was the most difficult race I've ever run.

These are the thoughts going through my mind as I cross the finish line, smiling.  My goal for this race was to just have fun and finish.  Mission accomplished.  I just didn't realize that I was going to finish that fast.  Ultimately I said "under 3 hours" and even told Travis that that was probably my estimated finish time, and perhaps even 3.5 hours.  Let's just say Trav missed my finish because Kasey, Cassie and I were speedier than we anticipated. ;)

Rewind to Friday Night...
This was the first time I was going to utilize the gear check, so I had to have all my stuff laid out.  Compression Cat (aka "Murphy") thought he'd jump in the picture because he is crucial to my post-race recovery.  I just didn't think he'd like being in a plastic bag for 3+ I decided to leave him at home.

After my gear was done posing for pictures, I proceeded to work on my post-race sign.  Yeah, it was past 11pm, but I needed to make this sign.  It would be too much fun to pass up.  Not sure if I should've been so close to that Sharpie for so long...

Finally crawled into bed and little Miss Goober couldn't contain her excitement either--she was moving around and "dancing."  Silly Goob.  But I finally managed some sleep.  Of course, I woke up 20 minutes before my alarm went off.  GRRRR.  Oh well, I was too excited!  I quickly got dressed and made a PB&J sandwich and was on the road to meet up with Jill, Mel, & Marlene to carpool.  My car was super stoked to see Mel's car; they haven't "hung out" since February!  Reunited!  Before I left, I noticed that Travis had got me a surprise and left it on the kitchen counter:
Isn't that sweet? :)

Thank goodness Jill was gracious and let me tag along that morning...I probably would have freaked out if I had to drive myself.  Mel & Jill knew some super secret route, and before we knew it, we were already outside the van with thousands of other anxious runners.  Someone was actually dropped off at the start in a Limo.  Um, serious rockstar status much?  Next year, right?

(Again, thank you to the wonderful ladies for providing some great group photos...)

Me, Mel, Marlene, Jaime, Jill -- carpool peeps!

I went straight over to gear check to free up my hands, and I bumped into my HS buddy Brian.  Also said hello to my little sister's friend.  How am I seeing people I know?  Crazy!  Somehow I lost Jaime in the crowd and called Jill to see where they were.  Corral 6. Gotcha. 
I'm the prego albino chick that isn't cold. ;)

Shortly after Cassie found me and we hugged and cheered!  We haven't run together since High School X-Country, and I've missed her so much!  (She's the Raiders girl on the right in the pic w/ me blindfolded in the "How 'Run, Zoe, Run!' Came to Be" post about my Mum.  We've got a lot of history.)  I introduced her to my new blog friend Kasey who was going to run with us too.  Then we went to Corral 9 and waited a little bit for the start.  EEK! Nerves!  And then we clapped...uh, for what?  Dude next to us says "They just had someone sing the National Anthem."  Ohhhhh.  We did not hear a single note.  But the crowd started moving forward.  Yes!

The crowd of runners behind our Corral (#9)

Then we were up to the Start Line and the we're running!  The Announcer says over the mic "Baby Runner on board!  Does he get his own number?"  And I smiled:  Miss Goober is famous.

And there was more smiling.  More running.  More laughter as I spot a line of Nekkid Semis just parked all neatly next to the road.  But of course!  They were finally showing their support!  Then I swear I smelled freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  My uber sensitive nose was playing on tricks on me: "That's cruel!"  Cas and I proceed to reminisce about the killer delicious Otis Spunkmeyer cookies that were sold during break in High School.  I think I may have drooled.  Before Kasey, Cas and I knew it, we were passing mile markers left and right. 

We made a quick porta potty stop, which is a first for me during a race.  It wasn't too bad, but why isn't the hand sanitizer stocked?  Seriously, I'm about to eat one of my Clif Shot Bloks and I've got nasty honey bucket hands.  Then I hear a familiar voice yell out my's KERRIE!  YAY!  I wave and smile and she's awesome and takes pictures:

Kerrie's cheering was just the kick I needed for that hill.  And if you can't tell from the pics, I was a big  cheeseball with my "fly-catching" grin.

We ran through some cute neighborhoods that had people sitting out front of their houses watching and waving.  I told Kasey and Cas that if I lived here, I would totally have a stereo system blasting some Michael Jackson tunes for the runners.  Um, three houses later what do we hear???  A disco beat with "don't stop 'til you get enough..."  HECK YES!!  Are you kidding me?!  Coincidence #1.  That was totally awesome.

With my Baby Runner on Board tank, and the sign that said "Baby on Board's 2nd Half Mary" on my back, a LOT of people were making comments and saying "That's awesome!" "Congrats!" "Good for you!"  A couple of younger guys passed me and tried to slyly look at my belly...but I caught them.  It was funny.  The shirt/sign combo was definitely a hit!

I felt really good going up the hills, as I get a lot of practice in my neighborhood.  Downhill was a different story, and my legs did NOT like it.  There was a spot where we got close to the Lake and a long line of spectators were cheering and holding large American flags.  It was beautiful!  I spotted a soldier in uniform and ran up to him, gave him a high-five and said "Thank you."

Around this time I spotted Coincidence #2 (you'll get why later).  A dude's running in a freaking polar bear suit!  WTH?  The guy's nuts!  Kerrie was kind enough to get a pic of this dude (because she knew about the coincidence too!).

The race course was right next to the water, and we walked a bit (but seriously not that far) here and there.  The view was amazing and I totally felt like going swimming right then.  We stopped to stretch a bit right before we went up to the I-90 tunnel.  Getting back to moving was hard and my tummy was starting to growl.  It was loud and hot in the tunnel, and Gus II did not like being surrounded by so much concrete.  Kasey got a serious kick and we were going a little faster.  Perhaps because it was so loud and hot?  Blech.  We were getting so close to Downtown!

Since our pace was not entirely consistent due to slowing down for water stops and some walks, I noticed that we passed the same two dudes often.  One in a physical therapy company shirt and another with red hair.  They were running together and they'd pass us, then our group would pass them...and so on.  Well, when we passed the red haired dude again after the tunnel I turned around:
"We've been yo-yo-ing here.  What's your name?"  
"Hey Scott, I'm Zoe.  Nice to meet you!"
"Yeah! You too!  Guess I'll see ya in a bit!"

We approached mile 10 and I called Travis to see where he was.  Of course I told him my goal time would be 3 to 3.5 hours.  HA!  Travis had just left our house!  I was about 30 minutes from the Finish Line.  Boo. :(  Oh well.  As long as I got to see him at the end.

I tried my hand at running pictures with my new iPhone 4.  Surprising steady considering I'm, well, running.
Ooo! Safeco in sight!

Rock on, Cassie!

At this point all three of us just wanted to be done, so we decided to just keep running with no walking breaks if possible.  Since I'm a huge fan of running through the city during races and seeing large crowds of cheering spectators, I felt amazing!  Then there was a steep decline before we got on the viaduct.  Holy crap!  I thought my shins were going to break in half and I'd roll down the hill.  Ugh.  Not the best feeling.  But then the viaduct was home stretch!  SOOOO CLOSE!

Running towards Qwest Field I told Cassie to leave me if she needed to go faster (and Kasey was booking it!  Woot!).  I got my usual kick, but I didn't realize that the Finish Line was OUTSIDE of Qwest Field.  It's right THERE!  I picked up the pace even more and had a goofball mega-grin going on.  Yes!!!
I'm actually considering purchasing these pics from the event photog:


Me, Kasey and Cassie with medals!

We grabbed water, bagels, granola bars and headed to gear check.  I needed to put on my brand new Swift Socks I got from the Running Skirts twins at the expo.  Oh my gosh, can I just say that I've truly been missing out on this calf compression stuff?  Incredible!  They made my legs feel soooo good.  Travis met up with Cas and I near the giant gear UPS trucks.  "Good job, babe!"  Three words that just lingered in my head.  *sigh*

Trav didn't want to miss the USA World Cup game that started in about an hour, so it was time to head out.  But NOT BEFORE I busted out my sign near the finish line and cheered for 10 minutes!!!
And now, I present to you, the reason behind Coincidence #2:
Ah ha ha ha!!

I yelled!  I cheered!  I whooped it up!  Some people saw the sign and were bewildered, but many others were like "Right on!" and one woman even said "That's the best sign I've seen all day!" People actually took pictures of me and the sign while they were running.  All I was looking for were some smiles.  It was definitely a success. ;)

Then it was home, epsom salt bath, lunch, nap, lounging, dinner in Bellevue and comedy show in Kirkland.  Busy day, but oh so worth it.

Final Stats:
Mileage - 13.1 (13.3 per Gus)
Time - 2:32:19
Overall - 10815 out of  17605
Division Place - 1431 out of 2246 (F25-29)
Sex Place - 7024 out of 12571
Pace - 11:38

Like my Baby Runner on Board Tank?  You can purchase it HERE.


  1. haha I had a half marathon this past saturday as well and my hubby was totally anxious about getting back to the hotel in time to watch the USA play soccer.

  2. Awesome race report and pics. Congrats on a great race. I LOVE the bear sign. How funny is that?

  3. You are awesome. If I ever get pregnant, I want to be like you. :)
    I'm sure Goober enjoyed the run with her mommy.

  4. Aww, I love this! So amazing! You're totally cracking me up, Zoe!

  5. Awesome recap! Too funny about the bear! Definitely get those pictures. You look awesome!

  6. rock star! awesome pics! seriously Zoe your glowing! I mean you're gorgeous to begin with but you have that extra glow =) and no it's not just sweat hahaha And I say you should get the pics for the baby book!

  7. Awesome, awesome, awesome. I hope I can run TWO half marathons when I have a baby runner onboard!

  8. Great job, Zoe! you are inspiring - can't believe you've been running half marathons this far along in your pregnancy! And funny about the bear - I passed him as well! And people were yelling "there's a bear behind you!!" haha! You look amazing - thanks for sharing!

  9. you should totally order those finish line pictures. i swear the lil goober is getting more popular by the day and she hasnt even been born! crazy :)

  10. I read about Otis Spunkmyer and instantly wanted cookies! Amazing race though.

  11. I was cracking up when I saw that Bear too!! Next time we should put "Run Faster Elvis's Ghost is chasing you!" I saw 2 Elvis dudes on the course.

    CONGRATS on another amazingly stylish and adorable race with Goober. It was GREAT to see you again...

    And Otis Spunkmyer, YUMMERS!

  12. You guys did amazing! Love that pic of Cassie - it rocks!

  13. That was awesome! I love the photos. Your finish line ones are great! Could you have a better smile? Goob is one lucky baby!

    Glad you beat the bear! ;-)

  14. First time visitor! Love the blog! A friend of mine did that race as well! :)

  15. You should definitely order those race photos, you look great! Plus you'll need them for Goobers baby book! : )

    Congrats on the race!

  16. you are amazing girl :) CONGRATS on running a freaking half marathon FIVE months prego! wow :)

    LOVE the shirt and looks like it was such a fun race!

  17. Great job on the half!!! You are an inspiration!

  18. Congratulations - you rocked that race!!! And you should totally buy the finish line pics and put one in the baby's album! I can't wait to do my first half after reading your recap - thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Awesome, so inspirational, seriously. So many women see being pregnant as a time to eat a lot and relax, you have just demonstrated how wonderful the opposite is.

    I LOVE the bear poster, it would crack me up in a race.

  20. congrats to you and miss goober on a job well done!!! :) i love all your tanks and that you've been racing with her! :) way to go mama!

  21. Awesome recap Zoe!!! You and Miss Goober did great!

    That bear cracked me up! He started in coral 7 and I was in 8! I didn't know you were in 9! So close!!!

  22. Very cool Zoe! Great report and lots of great pictures. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

  23. Loved your blog, Zoe! Great job for you and Miss Goober!!

  24. You are amazing!! Running while pregnant. I Love it!!! go girl!

  25. absolutely amazing! Rockstar with baby on board!!

  26. Double congrats, on your pregnancy *and* finishing the half! What a group of hotties too, wish I ran the Seattle RnR this year so I could meet everyone, ha!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog, but for some reason I got an error when I tried to approve it. Weird. Just so you know that I didn't reject your comment!

    Happy recovery,

  27. Loved the sign on the shirt!! Way to go girl!

  28. I still just love the race shirt!! sorry I'm finally just back home and getting caught up!

    I think you shoudl buy those race pics they are some of the best I've seen!!

    hope you enjoy the 5k this weekend running or spectating


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