Saturday, March 9, 2013

Run for Gabby & PRx4

Today Team Gabby celebrated an end to her cancer treatment.

Today I ran the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon in honor of Team Gab and it was a beautiful day. It was a cool morning in the upper 30's with heavy fog. This race was three times bigger (~1,400 people) this year than when I ran it in 2011, so the start was actually a bit congested. Fortunately, I found Meghan, Megan, and Zoe, Lindsay, and Carla at the start.

Meghan, me, Megan, Zoe
The race ran along a trail of compact gravel along the east "coast" of Lake Sammamish from Marymore State Park to Lake Sammamish State Park. It's a nice trail, running mostly through wooded residential area along the lake. Nice but not so interesting. After coming through the first mile with Meghan too fast (9:05), I dropped back. After that I was on my own. And it was boring. 

I never get bored during races! Or so I thought. It was actually hard not to push myself and "race." My goal was to go no faster than 9:30 but I was feeling so good with the cool weather, which was warming as the sun rose and fog lifted. It was strange to be simultaneously feeling like I was going too slow (I am able to and wanted to run faster, it was a race after all) and also going too fast (need to keep HR and body temp down for baby brewing). 
Fog lifting on the lake
To keep my mind occupied, I thought about form:
1. Chin & knees up
2. Back straight, chest up
3. Feet silent, light

This helped keep me occupied until I found a groove and settled in at about 9:20-9:30 pace. I stopped at each water stop to drink several cups, took one gel. It felt so good to have that sun come down on my skin, I was even able to peel down my arm warmers and run in short sleeves!

By mile 9, I was getting antsy though. I was thinking about Gabby and my friend's dad who just passed (an inspiration runner to his whole family), and I decided to have a little fun. I let myself pick up the pace and squeezed in a couple miles at ~ 8:55 pace.

It felt SO good! I knew this is probably the best I would feel while running pregnant so I enjoyed it for a couple miles before putting myself back in check to keep my HR down. I think the following photo was taken just as I was bringing it back down & feeling good. Have you ever had this happen to your arm (note right upper)? Where your arm fat wants to jiggle off? I wish it would have...jeez. Need more Jillian Michaels PRONTO!

Photo credit: Woodinville Bicycle
Coming into the finish, I saw Zoe with a big smile on her face. Zoe PR'ed by 10 MINUTES! 
Megan also PR'ed (and this was part of a 19-mile training run for her)! 
Double PR!

Also, I'm giving myself TWO PR's for this race (finish time of 2:01):
1. First/fastest half marathon as a master's age group-er
2. First/fastest half marathon as a pregnant runner (< 15 weeks)

Women's winning time was 1:15:57, just 2 minutes behind the leading male runner in 1:13:02 (do you think he was bummed about not running 3 seconds faster?). The top 13 female finishers were under 1:30, with the rest close behind. Very impressive!

It was a great day for many and I can only imagine how great the live celebration was down in SoCal, where Team Gabby met up to run & party.


  1. Very nice! PRs all the way 'round!

  2. Way to go. I'm running solo for Gabby today. You are a speedy pregnant woman!

  3. Nice job for a great cause.

  4. You're the fastest baby grower ever!! Congratulations on you new PR's ;).

    Thank you <3

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  6. what a fabulous race for everyone! i was actually thinking how great you looked for being pregnant and running a 1/2!! not the arm :) congrats!!

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  8. Hooray for all the awesome PRs, you did fantastic and I'm loving that smile on your face at the end. Pregnancy and running suit you well :). I raced a lot when I was pregnant with my daughter - up until 6 months. With my twins, I couldn't go as far but it was still fun. I'm glad you're enjoying it, too! :)

    Yeah, I did a 7k this weekend and was 34:02...I was kinda bummed with that extra 2 seconds. Hahaha. I hate sometimes how competitive I can be :).

  9. Congrats on your TWO PR's!!!! That's amazing :)