I’m Running My First Marathon – Rock N Roll Seattle!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock N Roll Seattle 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 always get the question- “Amanda, have you ever run a marathon?” I can now say that I am training for my first ever marathon!

That’s right- I am running  Rock N Roll Seattle on June 10! Part of me is terrified and part of me is super excited. Running Rock N Roll Seattle will allow me to build off of my training from Big Sur 21 Miler in April. My biggest goal for this is to finish and try to enjoy the full 26.2 miles. I am running a half marathon the week before but it’s super flat and I can cruise it and enjoy the scenery.

Seattle from the Ferry!

The new course was announced this morning, it very different from last year . I am hoping my boyfriend and family can find me on the course during the last 10 miles since it’s an out and back on Aurora. I will say Aurora is not my favorite and the known

I am still undecided if I am going to run the 5k the day before to complete the Remix Challenge. Last year it was a lot of fun but since this is my first marathon I want to make sure everything goes well.

2017 Rock N Roll Seattle Medal

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Are you running Rock N Roll Seattle? Let me know in the comments!

I’m Running Rock N Roll San Francisco!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock N Roll San Francisco 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 am thrilled to announce I am running Rock N Roll San Francisco on April 8, 2018! I am very excited to run a race in San Francisco. And the best part – I am going with fellow BibRave Pro Jeannine! She’s never been for SF so we will see all of the sights and run all of the miles. And yes, I will do my best to re-create this photo with Jeannine.

 

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This is going to be my last long run before Big Sur 21 Miler at the end of April. The best part is that the new RnR San Francisco course is a bit less hilly than in years past. We will still run over and back on the Golden Gate Bridge and run through the Presidio and along the Wharf.

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Race Recap: 2017 Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon

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.

Expo:
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.

Saturday 5K:
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.

I was clearly not thinking straight

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.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Training Update

 

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 🙂

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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!

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Race Recap: 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

Here’s part two of my Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Weekend trip!

So the morning of the half marathon arrived and it was FREEZING. Yes, it was windy and cold. So my first goal was to find warm clothes for running and walking around. I found the closest mall to my hotel was The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace but it was still quite a walk. I ate quick breakfast and walked over. Found a few things at Gap and H&M that would keep me warm and hoped for the best.

Getting to the start line was also quite a process. I took the monorail as far south as I could, think it’s MGM Grand, then walked in and out of all the hotels to get to Mandalay Bay. Since it was gusting winds up to 40mph I waited with Kristie in the casino until it was time to get into our corral. We met a very nice British man who was running the marathon as a Boston qualifier. I think he ran a BQ (!!) I wish I was that fast!

Here we go! #rnrlv #runchat #remixchallenge #oiselleteam

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We got into the corral and realized that this was not the race to run fast, it would be a feat of running smart because of the severe headwind and rain we would have on the last 4 miles toward the finish. The race started and we south toward the Las Vegas sign and then made our way to the center of the strip. In years past I’ve heard there are lots of spectators. This year not so much because of the wind. All of the neon was flashing and the music was blasting, it was super fun. As we made our way to Old Vegas and the Pawn Stars Pawn Shop it started to get dark. There weren’t many lights. As we made a turn we saw a few people almost wipe out on manhole covers because of the rain earlier in the day. I was so happy to see the Clif Bar fuel station with lights and music. I can’t imagine how lonely the marathon would be if it were that dark the majority of the race.

We then turned on the rest of the strip and has a massive headwind. It was pretty much buckle down and do work to get to the finish line. I am not a huge fan of straight-a-ways but the Las Vegas Strip is an exception. There was so much going on with the lights and people around I didn’t have to think about the horrible wind. As we got close to the finish Kristie and I both picked it up and made it in a respectable time. I was so happy I ran with Kristie otherwise I don’t know how I would have made it!

The finish chute was super organized compared to other Rock ‘n’ Roll Races. Even the remix and other medals line was quick. (My medal is defective, the little slots are not on the right way but I could care less!) Kristie got her sweet roadie medal and we went to the Bellagio fountain for photos. I was so cold we snapped a few quick photos, said goodbye and went on our separate ways. Side note: Kristie and I are now facebook friends and hope to meet up at RnR Las Vegas next year!

I went back to the hotel showed then set out to find food. I got a seat at the bar at Yard House. I’ve never been so hungry after a race! I ate a full burger, two orders of fries, and at least two beers. Gotta stay hydrated!

Overall I enjoyed my trip to Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas weekend. I wish the weather held up but overall it was super fun and I can’t wait to do it again!

Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What was your favorite part?