Oh my God, I did it!

10 post-race miles: DONE.

I hung out at home for a few hours after the race, eating lots of food and refreshing Online Race Results obsessively until the official results were posted. I was the 21st female, 6th in my division, and 57th overall out of 309 finishers. Whoop!!!

And then I surprised myself with how good my legs felt, and with the pace I was able to maintain during the 10 miles.

The last few miles were really mentally tough because I had been running… for… so… longgggg.

And now I’m stupid-tired and hanging out on the floor, from which I’ll only rise to get food.

Total miles: 19.3
Total running time: 2:44:23
Overall average pace: 8:30
Total calories burned (according to Garmin): 2,128

Make that lots and LOTS of food.

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.

10.5 long run

True life: I haven’t done a double-digit run since the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon in December 2011!

Until today, yo.

I branched out from my usual loop around Green Lake and did a… slightly bigger loop around Green Lake.

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I liked the change of scenery — it was particularly fun to run around my alma mater, the University of Washington — but I didn’t like having to cross so many streets, watch for cars, wait at stoplights, etc.

Green Lake has made me soft. I’ll just have to get used to it again; my runs just get longer and longer when marathon training starts, and I’m definitely not going to run in 2.8-mile circles for 20 miles.

I ran 10.5 miles today rather than 10, since I cut a half-mile from Monday’s run to make sure I got home in time for the TV crack that is The Bachelor.

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I sipped Nuun throughout the run and ate a chocolate Clif Shot at mile 5.5. I felt great except during mile 8, when I shuffle-ran up Ravenna — a big bitch of a hill.

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Sometimes my stomach feels off after long runs, but today I had nooooo trouble plowing through a banana, my leftovers from dinner last night, and a bunch of chips and salsa. Yum yum yum.

Let’s talk about dinner last night. Aaron and I went to Local 360, a lovely restaurant in Belltown that sources most of its ingredients within 360 miles of Seattle. Aaron’s mom gave us a gift card (thank you, Greta!!), so we went a little cray last night (most of the damage was documented on Instagram).

The highlight for me was my entree: beef shortrib with roasted potatoes and yellow and purple carrots, all smothered in béarnaise sauce.

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The shortrib was a little too rare for my liking (I was kind of scared), but all the flavors were awesome. I saved half of it and microwaved the crap out of it post-run and it was amaaaaaazing.

I think it’s safe to say I’ve replenished all the calories I burned, and it was a joy and a pleasure.