Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rock n' Roll Seattle Marathon 2010

We did it! We finished the Rock n' Roll Seattle Marathon! It was so much fun and such a beautiful course.

The night before the big race we went down to Qwest field to pick up our bib numbers and goodies bag. We then shopped at the huge Expo where we bought shirts, fleeces, and running socks...and of course ate all the free samples of power bars, granola, etc. Jim and Debby were over this way because of some work meetings and decided to stay the weekend to help cheer us on at the race. After the Expo, we all went to The Old Spaghetti Factory to carb load!! Then it was off to bed. Brandon and I had decided we wanted to get a hotel downtown the night before because we didn't want to wake up extra early to fight traffic and parking. We stayed at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle and had the most awesome view overlooking the city and Sound.
The next morning we woke up at 4:30am to catch the 5am shuttle to the start line in Tukwila. The shuttle pick up was right outside our hotel lobby (soooo great). Once we got to the start line we sat and waited with the other 27,000 runners for the race to start. Finally we were all off and running around 7:30am.

The course was beautiful and the weather was perfect. We made our way along Lake Washington and Seward Park. We even got to run on the I-90 floating bridge. We then went up by Lake Union and the Space Needle. All along the way were local rock bands and cheer teams to pump us up and keep us going. I loved the energy of this run. It felt so much bigger than St. George and the time seemed to pass by much faster.

We finally made it back to Qwest Field in 4 hours 30 minutes and enjoyed all the free food and rock concert by Tonic! It was so much fun to run this race with Brandon! He was a rock star! The longest run he had done before the marathon was 14 or 15 miles. That's a big jump to go from that to 26.2 miles. He did get sick to his stomach afterward but by the next day he was fine. And then within a couple days he wasn't even sore anymore! He left for Alaska again Monday morning and the other night when we were talking on the phone he said he wanted to do another marathon! ;) Now we are getting ready to move on Saturday! I have been slowly packing up the apartment over the last couple weeks. I can't wait to be done with transition and just be in our new home. We are so excited for this change but so sad to leave our good friends in Redmond!

10 comments:

Angel said...

Wow! You guys are amazing! I can't imagine running a full marathon. Way to go Brandon! Thats crazy to jump from 15 miles to 26. What a champ! :) Good luck with the move and take lots of pictures of your new home!

Lindsey said...

Way to go! What an amazing accomplishment! Wish we could have been there to cheer you on. Good luck with the move. Sorry I'm stealing mom from you.

Jessica said...

Way to go you guys! That is so great! I bet it was so much fun to run with Brandon! I'm glad you had such a great run!

Camille said...

Karen, you are superwoman! How fun to do that with your husband too. Good luck with the move. Enjoy the new house!!

Connie and Brandon said...

Congrats on your marathon!! You guys are awesome!

Grant said...

Congratulations. We are so impressed. Best wishes with your move.

Rachel said...

Way to go!! That looks like a SUPER fun marathon! And what gorgeous scenery too. I ran my marathons with my hubby too and it made all the difference I think. :) Glad that Brandon made it to the end with you.

Where are you moving to?

Liz Walker said...

Wow, way to go, Karen and Brandon. You guys are awesome. That is a huge accomplishment and so cool that you did it together.

Taylor and Cami Weight said...

congrats karebear! that's so neat you guys did it together...you've inspired me to try to get tay to run one with me now :)

Rachel said...

Good for you! I'm very impressed!