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:
4.5 miles/40:47/9:04 average pace
Easy waterfront loop
Tuesday pm: Yin Yoga with Amy
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!
Checking in at the mini expo:
View of Yaquina Bay Bridge from our hotel room:
Exploring the waterfront the evening before the race:
Dinner at the hotel with a great view:
Saturday, Race Day:
Walking down to the start:
At the race start area:
And they’re off!
A few pictures as I walked back toward the hotel:
Here comes Zach along the boardwalk about mile 4:
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:
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:
After the finish- pouring water bottle on his head:
This says it all!
Exhausted but proud:
Post-race, walking down the boardwalk to lunch:
Salt water taffy at the souvenir shop:
Smashed souvenir penny!
Thanks for reading!!