After running two half marathons in June I’m a bit burned out. I didn’t PR like I thought I would so I’ve been a bit bummed out when it comes to running. Granted, I’ve played more ultimate frisbee in the last month than I have since college so it’s not like I haven’t been running. But I do have another race coming up- Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon in Woodinville, WA on September 10th!
After seeing posts from races in Arizona and San Diego in years past I am very excited to run. This year participants get a sweet finisher’s medal, beer glass, a cool shirt, and a free Redhook beer at the finish party! They also have a 5K option too! I am hoping this flat-ish course is just what I need to get my legs back under me. I also re-joined the training program for fall which might help me get out of this slump.
If you want to join me use code BIBRAVEHALF for $10 off the half and BIBRAVE5k for $5 off the 5k.
Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
I’m going to be honest- this is a local race for me so I might be a bit more bias than most. I am very happy I trained on most of the race course this year so I had some idea of what to expect when it came to the course and the hills.
I left work a bit early and arrived at the expo around 5:30pm. There was Warped Tour going on so the normal walk from the International District took much longer than normal. When I got to CenturyLink Event Center there was no one there. I am not joking, there was no one at bib check in or waiting in line. I got my bib in five minutes and then headed over to the Brooks merchandise. There wasn’t much so I headed into the expo. Walked around a bit got some free sunglasses from Visit Seattle and got some free body glide from Westin. Besides the Nuun booth there wasn’t much else to see. I felt pummeled by Rock N Roll merchandise. All in all I spent an hour tops at the expo.
I opted to run the 5k for the remix challenge. Honestly, it was alright. The corrals were small and cramped and the course was an out and back. I am glad I ran it but might skip it next year.
Sunday – race day!
Let’s just say I did not get any final information from Rock N Roll until Wednesday. They also changed the start time for the race from 7 to 6:30am. I understand their reasons but it made taking a bus to the start not possible, my options were to buy a shuttle ticket, bus to downtown then take the light rail, or bum a ride/take an uber. I decided to take an Uber with a friend from my place to get to the start line. This ended up changing Sunday morning.
I woke up Sunday morning to no Ubers in my area even though I scheduled one. So my amazing boyfriend ended up driving me and my friend to the start. Yes, he wins boyfriend of the year. We finally got to the starting area around 5:40 and holy crap it was not the standard Rock N Roll start. There weren’t defined corrals and the gear check was so far we had to walk a good distance to get to it. After gear check we got in the bathroom line then headed to the corrals to find a few of our friends from Fleet Feet Seattle.
The actual start took forever. I was in a front corral and even though corrals were starting we did not move for 10 plus minutes. I also realized I was not in an actual corral, even though I was between two fences. Not a great way to start the race.
Once we finally started the course was narrow. I prefer the older courses of this race. I was dodging people much of the time I was running. The first six miles were quite scenic and hilly. I was so happy I trained on most of the course so I knew what I was expecting. At mile 8 is where I got into trouble. I did not realize there was a steep hill and I started to cramp due to the humidity. Oh well… I kept running along Rainier Avenue South toward the finish line. I will say these miles were dull. I was so happy to get to the mile 11 aid station and see my friends from Fleet Feet Seattle. It was a great pick me up for the last hill which was the on ramp that gets to the finish.
The finish line was standard, the medal this year was great! I love it! I found my boyfriend and we set off to find my Remix Challenge medal. I had a hard time finding the medal tent and the gear check. They were far apart and part of it was that I was tired. I did get a pair of flip flops from Toyota because we have a corral which was nice! Surprise finish line swag is always nice.
I found my friend and we walked to the bus on 3rd Ave. We didn’t have to wait too long which was fantastic considering all of the traffic chaos caused by the race course closures. Once I was home, I ended up spending the rest of the day resting. I think Joey was concerned I spent a long time with my legs up the wall while watching TV.
My recommendation to Rock N Roll is to start at CenturyLink and finish at Seattle Center if they are going to do a point to point course. I know there is a lot of construction in Seattle but the current finish is brutal ending at CenturyLink Field. I know a lot of people who live in Seattle had a hard time getting to the start line on time due to the start time change AND the location of the start line.
Overall if you live in the Greater Seattle Area, I would run this race. It may be hilly but it’s a great course to challenge yourself on.
Disclaimer: I received a pair of Adidas Ultra Boost X shoes as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
I’m not going to lie, I was super excited to test the Adidas Ultra Boost X! I usually like a low to zero drop (the difference between the heel and forefoot heights in the shoes) shoe but the Ultra Boost X were so different and might have helped me with my speed work.
First, these are unlike anything I’ve ever felt on my feet. These shoes are very light, a size 7 weighs just 8.3 ounces! The arch of the shoe is not attached to the sole, so the shoe fits more like a sock. This was a little off putting a first- my feet did fall asleep the first few times I took them for a run. But after I got used to them my feet felt great and I did not have any shin or knee pain.
I primarily wore the Ultra Boost X for my weekly speed workouts and for short runs. I prefer very cushioned shoes for more than 5 miles. The great part about the the Ultra Boost X was that I felt great running sprints because of the Boost sole that is super responsive. I will definitely wear these for 5ks.
A few more things I love about the Adidas Ultra Boost X are:
The sock-like feel of the supper and arch, it made me feel like I was running in a support shoe not a neutral shoe.
The colors- the orange and black are fun and fashionable.
The Continental Tire tread- they don’t squeak on plastic floors when they get wet and I had no trouble at all running on different surfaces with them.
The toebox- when I first got them I thought they would seem super narrow but because of the knit upper my toes have plenty of room.
Disclaimer: I received a free entry to North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
This past weekend I ran the North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon in Port Angeles! I went into it with high expectations that I quickly realized were wishful thinking.
The Friday before I summited Mount Saint Helens. It was over 5,000 feet of elevation and a very long trek to the top. On the glissade down I ended up face planting due to the snow conditions and tore my pants in the process. When I woke up on Saturday to leave for Port Angeles my right leg was covered in ice-burn and I have two deep purple bruises from my ice axe. Let’s just say, my legs were not feeling so good. The drive north was beautiful and we arrive to Port Angeles in good time.
The race expo was held on Saturday only from noon to 6pm. The bib pickup was pretty organized, but due to a name mix up I had to go back and get the correct bib. I was very happy the long sleeve half zip was a womens cut! That was a wonderful surprise. We also received a reusable gear check bag that had a place to write your bib on with a bunch of paper flyers. There weren’t many vendors at the expo, mainly local running races.
We checked into our hotel then found an early dinner. I highly recommend Barhop Brewing, their pizza and beer was great! We also swung by the natural food market for some snacks. I opted for fresh guacamole, hummus and chips which seemed to help my stomach instead of hinder it on race day.
Getting to the race day shuttles was a quick walk from my hotel. NODM did a great job organizing the start times for the Half and Full marathons so that it was easy to get on a shuttle to the start. The volunteers loading runners on to the shuttles were wonderful too!
After a 20 minute shuttle ride we arrived at the start line. It was an open soccer field. There was a marching band and a small shelter that had cups of water. There were also plenty of porta-potties! The lines were never too long for them which was wonderful. I did find my fellow BibRave Pros Bradley and Jeremy before the start! It’s always wonderful to meet fellow pros.
The start was pretty organized considering there were less than 1,000 runners. The course is relatively flat but the hills are pretty steep. I ran with someone from my Fleet Feet Seattle training program for the first 6 miles before I started to really feel my legs. By mile 10 I was not a happy camper and was having issues keeping water and my shotblocks down. I knew after mile 6 that my goal of running a small PR was a no go. I will admit, at mile 10 I did phone my BRF to have her kick my ass into gear and finish. Cassidy- you are the best BRF a girl can have. I even called my boyfriend and asked him to have a coke ready for me at the finish. Yes, coke somehow helps me intake some sugar after I finish a race, not sure why it’s the easiest thing for me to stomach but it is.
Even if the last 3.1 miles suck they were beautiful! The last 4 miles look out over the Puget Sound and are on a very flat trail. All of the volunteers on the course were wonderful too. They were super enthusiastic and did a great job giving everyone directions. I was very happy to see that finish line even though I was in a lot of pain.
The finish line was pretty well organized. I quickly got my finishers medal, a gatorade and my gear check back. There was plenty of post race food too. I didn’t really eat any of it until I got back to my hotel, I was trying to drink as much liquid as I could since I was dehydrated.
Overall I would recommend this race to anyone looking for a relatively fast course and some sweet swag. If I were to run it again, I would definitely not summit a mountain two days before. Onward to Rock n Roll Seattle Half for a PR attempt!
Another week down, just 4 weeks more until Rock N Roll Seattle! I can’t believe it’s May AND my BIRTHDAY today! This year, and training cycle have flown by. This past week I took it easy and ran just 3 days. Two speed workouts, one on Wednesday as part of my Fleet Feet training group and the other Sunday playing ultimate. I cut my long run short to 9 miles, it was super hilly… I definitely felt the hills Sunday during the ultimate game. I even played some softball Sunday. Joey got to come with too 🙂
One of the more frustrating parts of the week is my pelvis/ lower abdomen. I am not sure what causes the cramping and discomfort while I run and sit for a long period of time. I won’t know until the week before Rock N Roll and I’ve decided that no matter what I will run the 5K and Half that weekend. I know I am crazy but for me I’ve trained for the race, the least I can do is run it and hope I don’t do more damage.
On a happier note- today is my birthday and it’s going to be 80 DEGREES in Seattle! I will definitely take full advantage of the beautiful weather and spend spend some time outside!
If you still want to run the Seattle Rock N Roll Half, you have time to register! Use “BibRave15” for $15 off the Half Marathon.