This is just past the 10K mark, which I ran in about 55:40 (my 10K PR is 56:25), and the first time I spotted Aaron, his mom and my mom along the course. Woo-hoo!

The woman to the left is Meredith. Around mile 2, she said to her buddy, “This woman in the pink is my pacer.” I yelled back, “Me?” She replied, “Yeah! You’ve got really good form and you’re going at a great pace. I’m following you.”

And she did. The whole race.

Around mile 7, she asked, “Are you running the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll half?” I replied, “Yeah, how did you know?” She answered, “I didn’t. I was just hoping you were so you could pace me there, too!”

Oh, Meredith. I heart you.

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