11 on the course

Heyyyy-o, here’s what the course of my upcoming half-marathon looks like:

The East Lake Sammamish Trail is packed dirt/gravel, flat as a pancake, and flanked by multimillion-dollar lakefront homes. If I get bored during the race, I can just count the Range Rovers in the driveways.

I did my 11-mile run on this trail today to get a feel for it, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The first 8.5 miles of the race are going to be on this trail, and the last 4.51 are going to be on pavement. Today I discovered that I can flyyyyyyy on pavement after running on gravel!

The last two miles of this run were on pavement. Yessir.

My goal pace for the race will be in the 9:00-9:05 range. I’m getting nervous about my chances of actually achieving a PR (sub-1:59:46). We’ll see!!!

And speaking of nervousness… Aaron has his first mountain bike race of the season tomorrow! His goal is to WIN. He got second-place overall for the whole race series last year, so I think his chances are good. He has been working harrrrrrd this year!

And speaking of hard work… man, it was tough to eat all the food we ate last night at our belated Valentine’s Day dinner. 🙂

We started with a side of the BEST mac ‘n’ cheese I’ve EVER had. And that’s saying a lot.

Aaron had delectable beef shortribs over egg noodles.

I had filet mignon topped with crab, asparagus, and bearnaise sauce (WHAAAAAT???).

And we shared this stupid-huge ice cream sundae, which contained hot molten chocolate cake, caramel, vanilla ice cream, and homemade whipped cream. WHAT WERE WE THINKING.

Get yourself to Morton’s right quick if you want to go cray on some amazing food… and then run fast the next day.

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