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Half Marathon Complete (yayyyy)

Monday, December 02, 2013

Sparkie IRP1114 and I completed our first half marathon yesterday! We were so excited! There were about 15,000 entrants between the four races (full marathon run, full marathon walk, half marathon run, half marathon walk).

Here's the starting line:



We ran down 5th avenue



and then up the express ramps to I-90. It was very strange to be a pedestrian on this vehicle only ramp:



There are a couple of hills that are scary looking but ended up not being as bad as I thought they would be. Here's interlaken Blvd. Beautiful scenery and goes through a quiet ravine:



There were fiddlers there too:



Later, on the home stretch, there was a fella giving out donut bites:



The race ended with a short but significant hill at the end (kind of made you want to say shucks):



Then, we rounded the corner into memorial stadium.....



......and IRP and I ran and crossed the line together:



....and got our medals :)




It was so much fun and such a neat race to work up to. Maybe the full marathon next year? :)




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BLITZEN44 2/18/2014 8:54PM

    Wow! Nice job! Is the first pic at the EMP? Awesome pictures.. you never see those streets free of vehicles unless you do a run like that I guess. Kind of a neat perk! Love the fiddler. The Krispy Kreme devil is a great shot too. Congrats!

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68ANNE 1/6/2014 7:54PM

    That is so amazing!

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KALIGIRL 12/4/2013 9:15AM

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/4/2013 1:37AM

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/3/2013 2:57PM

    I know...that cracks me up!

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IRP1114 12/3/2013 2:41PM

    Lol! I didn't even notice the horns! Too funny : D

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/3/2013 12:44PM

    MWWENSIN...I wondered too then I realized that he was "tempting" us with his evil ways...AKA donuts, LOL!

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HILLSLUG98239 12/2/2013 11:46PM

    Congratulations!

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IRP1114 12/2/2013 10:30PM

    Very fun! Almost was too short lol! Definitely want to do the full next year ; )!

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JMEPAYNE 12/2/2013 7:31PM

    Congrats! what a fantastic accomplishment!!

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SDLOV3R 12/2/2013 7:03PM

    Oh how EXCITING!!!!! I just finished my first half a couple weeks ago and I about burst into tears crossing the finish line. What a huge accomplishment for you both! You're more of a runner than I am though if you're contemplating the full lol. I say GO FOR IT! You ladies rock!

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MWWENSIN 12/2/2013 6:41PM

    What's with the Devil horn's on the guys hat handing out the Krispy Kreme donuts?

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/2/2013 6:37PM

    Yes we did!!! Yay!!!!! It was so fun to run with you Imelda.

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IRP1114 12/2/2013 6:14PM

    YAY! WE DID IT! Thanks for posting the pictures!! I have NO pictures!

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MWWENSIN 12/2/2013 3:08PM

    Great job!

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LINDAK25 12/2/2013 2:31PM

    Good for you! Fantastic!

I'm assuming that the start line photo isn't from this year? Fiddlers? A marathon serenade (there's probably a song in there somewhere).

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WALLAHALLA 12/2/2013 1:42PM

    Totally emoticon journey!!! I'm really impressed!

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/2/2013 1:39PM

    Thanks so much Dolly Holly. Injuries are the worse. Hope you recover quickly and are out there on the trails/roads soon :)

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K-GETTING-FIT 12/2/2013 1:37PM

    Oh Kim, I am so very happy for you and Imelda!!! Yes, dorky Kristin's eyes are tearing up. It is wonderful that you both shared that moment. Alhough I am not quite the runner that you ladies are, I am even more excited to run my first one in May with my fellow spark buddies. Yes, I will be crying:)

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 12/2/2013 1:36PM

  Awesome! Half Marathons are great events. Good luck on your next one.

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DOLLYHOLLY 12/2/2013 1:28PM

    emoticon That is emoticon You inspire me to want to run again when I've recovered from injuries and my joints are repaired!

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/2/2013 1:21PM

    Thanks so much IAMZBEE! Still smiling from it :)

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/2/2013 1:20PM

    I think we have caught the HM bug...we were talking about looking into another one yesterday. We live in the south end, so Tacoma would be perfect (that's such a beautiful area too). Thanks for the tip. Will definitely have to check it out!

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IAMZBEE 12/2/2013 1:19PM

    Way to go, ladies!!!!

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PMRUNNER 12/2/2013 1:17PM

    Yay! Way to go! I did the Seattle half a few times back around 2000-2003. There is another really nice half in Tacoma that goes through point defiance park and along the Tacoma water front. It is called the Pacific Rim HM. If you have caught the HM bug, you should check it out!

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