Monday, June 29, 2009

Mission Accomplished with a PR { personal record }

Roth and Me edit

Saturday morning, I ran the best race I have yet to run in my past few years as a "runner." My ultimate goal was to run the Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon in under two hours - I didn't quite make the goal, but came pretty damn close. I completed the most scenic half marathon, I've run to date, in 2:00:47. I ran the entire race with my dear friend Kim (Rothie), but she was able to muster up a little bit of energy at the end and finish ahead of me at 1:59:33. Not only did she beat her goal, but she also did this in two DIFFERENT SHOES! She grabbed two separate shoes Saturday morning and besides for a little pain didn't realize it until Sunday morning - ha! During the last half mile, I ran down the last hill, could see Rothie in the distance in her bright pink shirt and got goosebumps and had a huge smile on my face because I was so excited for her. She is a huge motivator for me and I love that we both share this passion and have a partner to run these races with. The entire race was perfect - excellent course, water stations prepared with water, awesome volunteers, lots and lots of port-o-potties and ideal temperatures. The shuttle service heading from downtown Seattle to start line in Tukwila was a bit rough, but we made it through and got ourselves situated in a good corral.

The two downsides for me was that Steve was unable to make it due to the big move of our house this weekend, which was a perfectly good excuse because it meant for less moving for me AND my shoes. I realized the night before that my shoes are not in any condition for running a mile let alone 13.1 miles. My Asics 2130's have hit the pavement for the last time, but have done me good over the past year.

Roth and Mike edit

Rothie and her husband Mike (who finished in an awesome time of 1:42:32)

Qwest edit

The scene at the finish line in the north parking lot of Qwest Field

* We spent the entire rest of the weekend with the move - fingers crossed we'll be finished this afternoon - I'll post photos soon *

11 comments:

Megan, Ryan & Addi said...

Good job on the run! Very impressive times! Way to go!

aimee heff said...

Great job, Erin! I always get goosebumps when I watch people come into the finish line. I can just imagine your smiling face. Very cool.

Congrats on your PR too!

DeLane & Kevin said...

AWESOME!!! I can't wait to strap on my shoes again soon!! great job friend.

Courtney and Nicholas said...

Way to go girls- so proud of you both!! One of these days, I'll be running it with you :)

aimee heff said...

Erin, I used your blog template. If you are totally annoyed please, please, please tell me and I will change it. I was hunting and hunting but I kept coming back to how clean this one looks. I hope you aren't bugged at me. I will pay with cookie.

Jen Lee said...

So impressive Erin! Great job!

Lynne said...

Congrats! I am so proud of you

Shelby said...

Wow you guys rock. Seriously impressive!

Tara said...

Great job! You were so very close to your goal- nice work.

I am running my first half-marathon in a month (the Chicago Rock & Roll)- so much anticipation!

Oh- and I found your blog through Yellow Brick Blog!

Lyndsy said...

Congrats friend! Such a proud accomplishment! I am inspired by your great time and motivation! Woo-hoo!

Blyth Family Blog said...

CONGRATS! Wish I could've run with you friend! so proud of you!