This past Saturday, June 22, I ran my 25th marathon. I ran the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon in about 4 hours and 25 minutes. This was my first visit to Seattle and several friends made it into a long weekend vacation.
There were 4 of us in my group – 2 running the full marathon, 1 running the half and 1 spectating. We arrived on Friday afternoon and promptly went to the expo and then to dinner to carb load. The race was early Saturday morning, which left ample time to visit the tourist attractions after we ran.
The first 15 miles of the course were very scenic. Mt. Ranier was visible for several miles and the sky line was impressive. Once we hit mile 16, the course became unbearable. We ran on I-90 for 10 miles in an out and back loop. It was hot, boring, and full of car fumes. We ran through several tunnels which created a claustrophobic feeling. Once we hit mile 25, we slowly made our way off the highway and back in to town. I would rather have run a hilly and scenic course than this painfully boring one. Surprisingly for Seattle, the weather was sunny and warm. Running on the asphalt highway made it seem even warmer than it was. Luckily for us, it didn’t rain a drop during the race!
After the race, we quickly showered and began our whirlwind sightseeing tours. Over the next 48 hours, we did a 3 hour bus tour, a 1 hour cruise, went to the top of the Space Needle, visited the Chihuly Glass Garden and ate our way through Pike Place Market. I love how running in different cities affords me the opportunity to visit places I might otherwise never visit. Earlier this year I ran in Charleston and in November I’m running in Savannah – 2 cities which are new to me! We had a great weekend and I would definitely go back to Seattle, but not to run this race. My next scheduled event is the Iron Girl Triathlon in August. That will be my first triathlon!
From Washington, D.C.