|A faint double-rainbow. Ohmygosh! SO INTENSE! ;)|
Saturday morning came too fast after a late night chatting with Lolo and attempting to watch some Bridesmaids (Lolo hadn't seen it yet! Say WHAT?!). I scrambled to get all our lovely St. Patrick's day garb on, wake Goob up, feed Goober, get the jogger in the SUV and try and remember to eat something before Karla and Kerrie showed up. Oops. Forgot to eat something!
We piled into the SUV and it was a cozy ride to Tacoma. Oh, and it was snowing. Snow/raining actually. Did I mention it was freaking snowing? Oh goodness, this will be interesting. Another first for me: not wearing a billed-hat at a rainy race (not the best decision). Anyway, we parked in a lot that was a couple blocks from the start, which wasn't too bad, but since it was freezing out and pouring rain we all jogged to the start. Karla was doing the 10K and didn't have that much time to pick up her packet before the race. Bad omen...the packet pick-up line was ginormous, longer than the porta potty lines. That's another first. We waited in the rain and finally got our bibs, shirts and timing chips. Goober was holding it together despite wanting to rip off her warm hat every so often.
|Lolo & I all green'd up|
I was already soaked to the core. Rain was dripping off my eyelashes and running down my face. I couldn't feel my hands, so thankfully Mel helped me pin my bib on my Brooks jacket (a gift from Mel!), which was over my long-sleeved Brooks shirt (another gift from Mel when I had Goober). Another first: I wore two long-sleeved shirts at a race...WOAH. We waited under the awning of Hal of a Sub with Mel, her sister J, Kerrie, Jill, Tiffany, Alma, Kim, Jamie, Chelsea (such an awesome chick for spectating this crummy race day!), Lolo, Karla and Goob. Now, Goober was throwing a fit because she does NOT like to sit still in the stroller for very long now that she's an official "walker," so Kerrie, Tiffany and I ran around the block to warm-up. This calmed down the Goob until I started my iPod on speaker, and she was all set to race.
Since I was running with Lolo and Goober, we took our place near the "walker" start line. FINALLY the gun goes off and we start to make our way down a big hill to the waterfront. Lolo is being a rockstar and keeping an 11:00 pace for a bit. YEAH! At the 1.5 mile turnaround the 10K runners were swishing past us slower 5K'ers, but some people just didn't listen to the shouts of "on your left!" and "runners coming through!" I felt kinda bad, but I think everyone was just soggy and waterlogged. Kim (running the 10K) shouted my name and held out a hand for a high five as she passed...but my slowness with the jogger caused me to miss. Whoops! Sorry Kim!
The rain still doesn't let up, and at around the 2 mile mark we do a little long-stride walking. I'm proud of Lolo! Then there's a giant, long hill back up to the finish and after catching her breath, Lolo finishes strong with Goober and I trailing behind her. Way to go, Lolo!
|Jill, Tiffany, Chelsea, Mel, Kerrie, Lolo, me and Goob post-race|
Tiffany's hubby was a great photog...here's some pics he took:
|Tiffany, Chelsea, Kerrie, Lolo, me & Goober, Karla, Mel, Jill and Kim|
|Waiting and waiting and waiting for brunch to be served|
Although the spiked coffee was warm (albeit small) and delicious, the food took over an hour to be served after we ordered. We were hungry runners! Thankfully our cheerful conversation and race recaps took our mind off the wait. These ladies are so much fun to be around...I'm a lucky runner!
I got pancakes and scrambled eggs for me and the Goob. She devoured the eggs (I swear sometimes she doesn't chew) and decided to try on the RazzyRoo tutu I was sporting (yet another gift from Mel!).
|It was more of a "dress" on her|
Other race recaps:
Tiffany @ Musings of a Runner Girl
Kerrie @ Mom vs. Marathon
Karla @ Running On Eagles Wings
Jill @ Running to Sanity
Mel @ Tall Mom on the Run
Mileage - 3.1
Time - 42:19
Overall - 1238 out of 1698
Division Place - 140 out of 179 (F25-29)
Sex Place - 827 out of 1184
Pace - 13:39