On Sunday I ran the Rain Run as part of my marathon training. I ran this race in 2014 and knew it was flat. I arrived about 8:15 for a 9 am start. Quickly got my bib and waited in the car. It was about 45 and cloudy, perfect running weather.
This was my first race with my Oiselle singlet. I joined the team in October in my never ending quest to find more running buddies, the women I meet at this race we super supportive and friendly. I love Oiselle roga shorts and capris.
The race started on time and we headed out on the Sammamish River trail. There were only 3 water stops and I wish I had carried water. It got a little warm the few times the sun came out. I finished in 1:57:30 a solid sub-2 which I am very happy about.
The post race food was trail mix, pretzels, halos, bananas and cupcakes. One of the best things about this race is the different swag. Last time I ran it we got an umbrella, this year it’s an awesome blanket and a metal.
Great burger for lunch after the race!
This is a recap of my 2016 running and travel. Looking back on some of my posts reminded me to be grateful for all I have been able to do this year.
In February I went to Vegas and the Grand Canyon for the first time.
In April a long time goal was met, I finished the Boston Marathon! This was an amazing race and I truly appreciated all the support I had that day. My family was at miles 15 and 25.5 and friends from Boston actually saw me on the course. Love this city!
I never wrote a post on my trip to Japan, but I loved it. I will be back in February for the Tokyo Marathon.
In September I ran the Tunnel Light Marathon. Not the time I wanted, which was the never-ending theme for my running this year.
In October we went to Sydney and Port Douglas, Australia. We had a great trip. My favorite run all year was running over the Harbour Bridge as the sun was coming up.
In December I made my way back to Boston on a cheap flight for a long weekend. I stayed with my brother and SIL and had a great time. I also ran the Frosty half marathon that my east coast running club puts on and had my only sub 2 hour half all year.
Looking forward to what 2017 has in store!
On Sunday, December 11 I ran a very cold half marathon. I was back in Boston for the weekend to visit family and friends, and my east coast running club, Colonial Road Runners, was putting on this half. I have run it once before. I knew many of my old running friends would be there and my dad and sister were volunteering.
The race is in a small town south of Boston. The race starts and ends at Raynham Middle school. You can stay in the warmth of the school until minutes before the start. It’s a slightly hilly course that runs along country roads. I was hoping for a sub-2, which used to be my norm but this year has eluded me.
It was about 15 degrees at the start and I was cold. I’m not used to running in that cold anymore. The first few miles I just settled into my 9 minute pace, and let people pass me. I held that pace for most of the race, other than mile 10 with a big hill that I walked up. The volunteers were awesome on this very cold morning. Lots of shout outs and cheering at the water stops and each turn had someone at it so you didn’t go the wrong way.
Finish 1:58:55!! Not a PR but I was very happy with it.
After the race the club serves a full breakfast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruit. And you can use the locker rooms to shower and change which is awesome.
Instead of a shirt you get a hat and lip balm as well as a medal. This is a great well run race. I may have to come back in 2017.
My favorite tree at Faneuil Hall
On Saturday I ran my 26th half marathon the Seattle Ghost Half. Thanksgiving weekend was a mixed bag for weather here. On Saturday it was raining all morning. The course could be beautiful with views of Seattle and the mountains, but not on this day. It’s a small race, about 300 runners, but I was unsure about parking and arrived at 7 for a 8 am start. I have been sick most of November and finally went to a doctor. I had a sinus infection., so I was running this race on antibiotics. This year, not one race has gone as I wanted it to and this one was no exception.
The start was in a small park and the organizers had tents with heaters. We started a few minutes late and I was wet from the start. I think there were only 2 water stops, but this was an out and back so you could get water 4 times. I just carried water. We made our way around Seward Park and Lake Washington. I have to say this race had some of the friendliest runners. It’s part of series for Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics of 4 half’s or full’s in 4 days, crazy. I got many shout outs and gave a bunch in return.
I finished in 2:03. The medal is cool and I love the hoodie instead of a shirt.
The second half of our trip was spent in Port Douglas. We took a plane to Cairns and drove about an hour north to this quaint town. The first thing I noticed when we landed was the heat and humidity. It was like Hawaii humid. The entire time we were there is was at least 75 with 100% humidity.
One of the reasons for heading to Port Douglas was to see the Great Barrier Reef. I was snorkeling and Larry was scuba diving. Unfortunately the day we went the water was very rough and I was seasick on the boat. I was great in the water, but could keep nothing down on the boat. It made for a long day and I was dreading the 90 minutes back to land. The reef was the most beautiful one I have seen. It is crystal clear, has amazing colors and tons of fish including Nemo and Dorys.
The next day we drove to the Daintree Rain Forest. One of the things that I really wanted to do was zip lining. I had done this once before a long time ago and was scared, it was not fun. This time it was great! Sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone and let go.
I also went to the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. Most of the animals are free to roam where they want and the wallabies, kangaroos, and all kinds of birds come right up to you for food. This is where I meet Sampson, one of the highlights of the trip. He was heavier than I thought he would be, but super soft and so cute.
Our last day was spent in Cairns waking around the harbour and doing a little shopping.
Have you been to Australia? Highlights?
Back in April Larry and I booked a cheap flight to Sydney! It was too good to pass up, even with our trip to Japan in the works. Life stuff got in the middle of things this summer, but we went anyway.
We had a connection in LA then on a 15 hour flight to Sydney. It was not as bad as I thought. We ate then slept, watch a few movies, slept, more movies and we were there.
We went with Airbnb for this trip, as hotels were super expensive. We stayed across the street from Hyde Park, which was a great location. There is a huge British influence in Sydney. At times I felt like I was in a warmer, sunnier London. We could walk to the Harbour and had many restaurants and awesome food trucks nearby.
Here were some of the highlights for me,
Running over the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Opera House, it is more beautiful and bigger in person than I expected.
The Botanical Gardens
The Taronga Zoo
The cliff walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee. The beaches are pristine and well used.
Sydney did not disappoint in the food department. Great fish & chips, ramen and Thai food were some highlights.
On Saturday I ran my 25th half marathon. I don’t know why I had to run a half so soon after my marathon. I knew it was not the best idea for a PR, but off I went Saturday morning with high hopes.
This is a small race in a farm town about 20 miles outside of Seattle. I was going to have fun and enjoy the race. You picked up your bib and shirt before the race in a school gym. It was nice to have a warm dry place to wait. The only issue was, one bathroom was open which meant a long line. The weather was showers, about 50. The killer was the wind. The course was an out and back along some farm roads. Most of the way back was a strong head wind. The course was flat and had lots of horses, cows, and a few pumpkin patches.
I had a good pace through mile 8 then my tired legs got the better of me. I still had fun, thanked the volunteers and tried to pick it up at the end.
Not the time I hoped for, but the silver lining is first in my age group!
The finish line had bottles of water, bagels, bananas and oranges. It’s a race I would consider again. Good course, great volunteers and easy to get to.