|Nice & flat for the first half. The hills look worse than they actually were.|
|60-degree water was quite frigid but refreshing.|
I feel so proud to have completed my second 20 miler and also glad I went a little beyond that 20-mile mark. I have one more 20-miler scheduled before race day. I feel like I could run a 20-miler every other weekend and it would still hurt. 20 miles is a LONG freakin' way!
The first 10ish miles were on crushed gravel (same route as the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon that I ran with Megan & Carla) which was nice for the cushion but it was pretty flat & boring. I saw a few runners out and chatted for a while with one guy who was training for RNR half.
|Beginning of trail, nice & pastoral|
This guy was actually closer than he appears. He came barreling up behind me and sprinted past, only to slow down and run the exact same pace as me about 30 yards ahead. Silly boys.
|Ok so you can barely see him, but I swear he was right in front of me for several miles.|
Lesson Learned: See that scratch on my chin? Yeah. Well, that's from texting & walking (across a street no less), missing the curb, and falling with my face landing on my phone. I gave myself a fat lip and cut. Dumbass! Don't worry, my phone is fine!
|Just took this action shot to prove I've given up Ninja Style|
|Nice scene in Marymoor Park|
|Thank you, Little Store!|
The last HOUR was rough. I had to really focus to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It was a struggle and humbling after my great half marathon race two weeks ago, but I'm so proud to have finished and proud that I didn't stop to walk (only to refill water and snap a couple photos).
I have two more intense weeks of training then it's the downhill taper. I feel like the time is going to FLY by and race day will be here before I know it. Right now my big pre-race question is:
Do I buy a Sparkle Skirt to give me super powers again and if so, what color? I'm equally torn between the turquoise, green, and purple.