Slowly but surely we are catching up!! When I first decided to do 40 races in 2017, I hadn’t really thought through the dedication it would take. I still feel as though I am going from race to race, but it keeps me motivated!!
#11 Hop Hop Half – I really wasn’t truly ready for a half, but my training plan called for 11 miles. What’s another 2.1 after 11? I figured I would slow down my intervals once I hit 11. The course starts off with a short loop before passing the finish line and heading out onto a bike trail along the Columbia River. The views were gorgeous! It was also starting to get hot. I held on to the 1:1 intervals for as long as possible. Of course the Peeps at around Mile 8 helped with my energy! Finally I was crossing the road for the last little stretch. I backed off to 1:2 intervals. And there it was – the finish line! One of my favorite parts of this race is the after party, with mimosas! Secret goal going into the race: under 3 hours, actual time 2:52:33.
#12 Top Pot 5K – This was a replacement race (another one I hadn’t done in awhile). When I ended up in Seattle for a few weeks, I had to switch around a few races. Fortunately Top Pot 5K was an option! The course takes you around Green Lake and finishes with donuts!! Top Pot donuts!! Its been awhile since I’ve actually raced a 5K. I hesitated slightly in my decision to actually race it. The course was fairly crowded, but still manageable. I came across in 38:14, which I was happy with.
#13 Cinco de Mayo – Another replacement race! Instead of Cinco de Mayo in Portland, I was doing Cinco de Mayo in Snoqualmie. Slightly different! I hadn’t really paid attention to the elevation knowing it was Snoqualmie and there would be hills. The course started off with a loop before catching up to the 8K course. The out was a slight downhill which meant a huge uphill on the way back. Funny how that works! The weather was perfect, overcast with a hint of rain. It did start sprinkling towards the end. I was slightly worried about the time limit, but at the first turn around I saw that I wasn’t last. I kept my place for a long time before I started picking off runners one by one, for a total of 5! I wasn’t sure about a time goal going into it, but I was hoping for under 2:55. I came in at 2:49:24!! Starting to move closer towards 2:45 again!
Stay tuned for the next round!!