Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Quick Update and Newport Marathon Photos

It’ll be a quick update because I had a very light week last week.. the focus was all on Zach and his big marathon on Saturday. That’s my excuse anyway! I only ran twice, did yoga twice, and that’s it. Quickie recap:

Monday: rest

4.5 miles/40:47/9:04 average pace
Easy waterfront loop

Tuesday pm: Yin Yoga with Amy 

Wednesday: rest

8.0 miles/1:06:58/8:22 average pace
I ran 3 miles by myself right after work up in Northwest @ 8:50 pace, then I met Zach at home and we did 5 miles together @ 8:06 pace. It was tough tempo-type run for me and a walk in the park for Zach! It was fun to run with him right before his race.

Friday, Saturday: rest (Newport)

Sunday pm: Yin Yoga

That’s all I did last week, a measly 12.5 miles! That’s fine though. I was going to run Sunday but decided to bag it and spend the day with my marathoner husband – we went out for brunch, sat in the hot tub, and listened to the details of his epic day. It was a great day!

I picked it right back up this week though and got out for a good run yesterday:

8.0 miles/1:11:28/8:56 average pace
Nice run along the waterfront/Springwater. It was finally nice and warm out so I enjoyed running in the sun and took the pace easy.

Today I’m about to head out on a little bike ride with Alisa, who is recovering from a pretty nasty bike crash last week- I’m eager to go out on her first post-crash ride with her and see her build her confidence back up. She’s well into her training for her first Half Ironman and this is a pretty significant bump in the road, but she’s going to get past it! Thankfully she wasn’t hurt seriously and her bike is fine, and she’s got a great attitude. I’ll report back later this week hopefully, and I will hopefully have more runs to report!

Saturday I am running the Helvetia Half Marathon and I have no idea what to expect- it’s just for fun so I’m not expecting any big PR or anything! Plus it’s a hilly course and it’s supposed to be a hot day. I’ve got all my excuses lined up and ready to roll! :P The best one is that my bestie Inga is flying up from Phoenix and we’re going to probably spend the weekend talking and laughing and being silly and sappy and the race is just a part of the weekend’s festivities. She is coming to spectate with Deana and Dana and Zach, it’ll be a little IMAZ spectator reunion! So fun. So if I don’t update before then, I’ll be back with a race report asap!

Let’s get to the good stuff: Pictures from Newport! Zach is going to update his blog very soon with a great race report, so I won’t spoil it for you. I specifically left out the finish line photo that shows his time, so you’ll have to read the report. :P The photos tell a lot of the story though!

Congratulations Zach on an amazing race, it was fun to watch and I am so proud of you!!! :)


Friday, Race Eve:

On the road to Newport:


Cut over from the highway to check out part of the course:


Flat and scenic!



Host hotel:


Checking in at the mini expo:   


View of Yaquina Bay Bridge from our hotel room:




Exploring the waterfront the evening before the race:

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Dinner at the hotel with a great view:


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Saturday, Race Day:

Walking down to the start:


At the race start area:

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And they’re off!


A few pictures as I walked back toward the hotel:

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Here comes Zach along the boardwalk about mile 4:

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I drove out to Toledo and made my way down to the turnaround point about mile 15. Here comes Zach:


And here he is after turning around and heading back toward Newport:

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Approaching the finish line! They had to run down that steep hill and then round a sharp corner, not fun! But he was SO glad to be finishing:

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After the finish- pouring water bottle on his head:


This says it all!


Exhausted but proud:


Finisher shirt:


Post-race, walking down the boardwalk to lunch:

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At Rogue:

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Salt water taffy at the souvenir shop:


Smashed souvenir penny!



Thanks for reading!!


Amy - the gazelle said...

I will also be at the half spectating Lori on Saturday! See you then!

This week is going to be light for me (last week of class), so I may not see you 'til then.

I hope you ladies have a great ride this afternoon.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Looks like a FUN trip!!

Petraruns said...

What a great trip you had and I'm looking forward to reading Zach's report - it looks like a gorgeous place to run and race and sweet of you to keep your own running down and support him.

Good luck this weekend - just go out and enjoy yourself! It's a way to get a hilly 13 miler in right?

Jo Lynn said...

Running down a steep hill and taking a sharp turn sounds like my kind of fun!!
Congratulations to your hubby. Man, that expo was tiny, wasn't it. LOL
Thanks for sharing the pictures. There are some really cute ones. ;)

D10 said...

I always enjoy your posts and you always have such great pictures!! Congrats to Zach.

John said...

Congrats to Zach - sounds like he met his goal! And what a great looking race site. So pretty out there.

Ali said...

Looks like a beautiful course. Beer and taffy almost worth running a marathon for :)

Marya said...

Looks like you had some great spectating weather in Newport!

Next weekend's weather makes me nervous...but I'm sure it'll be ok... Hope you have a blast with your bestie! Hopefully I'll see you at the race! :)

Ewen said...

Nice looking and well deserved beers!

Zach looks like he's flying in that finish photo from behind. Now I know the reason - racing gassy stomach guy to the line ;)

Have fun in the half on the weekend, and catching up with the IMAZ cheersquad. Sample some more good beers for me.

KK said...

That town looks like a little slice of heaven-sign me up for that race. The pictures capture the essence of a fun weekend.

Also, love that you wore your Boston jacket-show all them runners who's boss!

Also, good luck in your half mary. Loved the line "I've got all my excuses lined up and ready to go."

Also, (last also, promise) how much do you love yin yoga? Forced stretching for 60 minutes. Sometimes the pain sucks you-know-what, but so worth it in the long run. Okay, enough rambling. Someone get the hook!

Tara said...

Love all the pics! Zach looked great out there! Have an awesome time this weekend :)

Alisa said...

Awww thanks for the shout out!

Yay for Zach's marathon pictures!!!!!!!!!