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Race #15/Half Marathon #9 of 2012: Seattle Amica Marathon

Monday, November 26, 2012

My husband and I ran the Seattle Amica Marathon (the half marathon race) today. We signed up for it somewhat late as we had thought we wouldn't do it again--last year was miserably cold, wet, and windy. Then a friend asked if we were doing it and it got us thinking that we should give it another try before writing it off for the future.

The weather this year was much, much better. It was dry, although a little foggy and definitely cool, so the race had that going for it. The weather last year made me forget the other not-so-fun aspect of the race: HILLS. It is in Seattle, after all, and that is synonymous with hills. I either need to move somewhere flat or do a lot more hill work if I'm going to keep running around here!

The closer we got to race day, the less enthusiastic I was about running this one. We got a bit of a late start out to head to the race, and deep down I was halfway hoping we'd get there too late to do it. We got there in time to find parking, porta potties, and a place well back in the crowd, though, so I resigned myself to the fact we were definitely going to run it. Here are our traditional pre-race pictures:

It was cold waiting to start, but we didn't have too long before the race got going and we made our way up to the start line. We decided to go with our run a mile, walk a minute or two pattern as long as we could, and so the first mile went by quickly, especially since much of it was downhill. I started feeling better about doing the race. When we hit some of the worst hills, though, we both opted to walk more.

I had no great expectations for setting a PR with this race. With all the hills and with the amount of running we've done recently, the most I was hoping for was to finish in about 3 hours. We were doing pretty well until about halfway through, when my hip began bothering me and my husband was having some trouble with his ankle. It wasn't debilitating, so we both were able to continue running most of the time, but we were definitely slowing down. There were times when I could have kept running but he needed to walk, and vice versa.

In the end, we were able to finish in just a hair over 3 hours, 3:02:50 was the official chip time. I was a little disappointed we couldn't push it to finish in under 3 hours, but then I went back and looked at our times from last year; we shaved about 13 minutes off our time, and that's without really training well for the race.

I am glad we did do this one again this year so we'd have a better experience with it, but I'm not at all sure I'll do it again. I may volunteer instead!

This is probably our last half for the year; we did one in December last year, but I'm thinking we need to take some time off to enjoy the holidays and put together a real training plan. We want to do a full marathon next year, and that's going to take some serious work if we're going to do it well. We will be doing the Disney Tinkerbell Half Marathon in January, and it would be nice to be well rested and actually properly TRAINED for that one!

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    Great job! Congratulations! Great that you can do that with your husband. I have not yet made it to Seattle since my Dad passed away, but I got credit from the organizations I had signed up to run marathons with out there this fall. I will be out there in a couple of weeks, if all goes well!
    2332 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Glad you had a good (if a little tough) experience with the race. It sounds like you mostly enjoyed it. Have fun during your race break during the holidays and enjoy the challenge of just training for awhile. The Tinkerbell race sounds like a great way to start the new year!
    2337 days ago
    Fabulous job! That's inspiring!!
    2339 days ago
    You are my hero!!! The Disney is something we'd like to do too. Enjoy the holidays without dreading a race; you deserve to take a few weeks off! emoticon
    2341 days ago
    Enjoy the holidays and your time off from racing. It's always nice to take a break this time of year. The Disney race sounds fun and something to look forward to.
    2341 days ago
    Volunteering is a fabulous way to be involved in the race if you aren't running it!
    You two always look great in your race photos. I need to get over dodging the camera as much as I do LOL I did a 5K yesterday, in which the 2nd mile was slightly hilly (or insurmountable for me!) and it reminded me that I need to include more hills in my training - that is, if I'm going to keep training. I'm working on that.

    I think you're wise to take a bit of time off to enjoy the holidays, and to be at your best for the Tinkerbell in January!
    It doesn't mean you won't run, you just won't be racing. You'll be all daisy-fresh when the time comes.
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  • no profile photo NYKIMMIE
    emoticon great!
    2341 days ago
    Those hills did indeed suck!
    I felt good enough to do some jogging....then I didn't.
    It almost broke my friend who did the full marathon.
    But we did it!

    2341 days ago
    emoticon , I heard the weather was really nice for running. Stay well, and enjoy the holidays. I love reading about your races.
    2341 days ago
  • MOMMY445
    congratulations! that is amazing! have a fabulous day!
    2341 days ago
    I love how much you and your husband race together. How great for your relationship. I train with mine but we race separately. I can't keep up! But I'm working on it!!
    I hope you get the rest and the miles you need in December :)
    2341 days ago
    Considering you weren't properly trained, nor motivated for this race, you did a great job improving on your time from last year!! emoticon
    2341 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/26/2012 7:44:37 AM
    great job!!!!
    2341 days ago
  • PAG2809
    Great job! I loved that race, mostly because it is well-organized. Definitely not for the hills! Take a look at their 10K. Its during the summer and the course is different (and not just because its only 10K)... Awesome job!
    2341 days ago
    Hey, you finished! THAT is GREAT! Sure, we can always have a better time, feel better prepped, whatever - but you finished! And had fun! So don't sweat the small stuff!
    2341 days ago
    Congratulations on your HM finish! It's nice that you and your husband can share race experiences and keep each other going. It looks like the two of you are a cute matched set! :)

    2341 days ago
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    I saw your blog title in the Community Team huddle and wanted to congratulate you! I don't run, but would love to one day participate in a 5k walk! Good for you for pushing yourself forward! You rock!!! emoticon
    2341 days ago
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