It’s still bloody hot here. Not sure what the actual high was today, but it was pretty darn close to 90, if not higher. G and I woke up bright and early to start Seafair at 7 am. They had some snafus with the shuttle buses to the start and I was very glad we didn’t rely on them. As it was, they started the race about 15 minutes late. I was anxious to get going before it got too hot!
The course was new this year and started by crossing the 520 bridge over Lake Washington. It was a stunning view and just starting to get pretty warm. After the first few minutes, I ran the whole race solo. G had a great time for the half (about 1:46). My split times were nearly identical: for each 1/4 of the race I ran 1:02, 1:03, 1:03 and 1:04. The whole thing took me about 4:13. Official results here. Not half bad, all things considered.
I liked the new course, although they clearly had some issues with the organization. I’m not sure what the temp was when I finished, although the bank I ran past said it was 90. In any case, it was REALLY hot. Fortunately, there was lots of shade in the early parts of the course. Miles 21 and up, though, were rough. Full sun, no breeze.
Anyway, I felt great (if hot) for the most part. G surprised me and jumped in to run the last half mile with me. It was great to see him there since I had no other support on the course. After I finished, we didn’t linger long and started the journey back to Seattle to get Lucy.
After a quick stop for lunch we picked up the girl and came home for showers and some down time. We then attempted to go out for a) ice cream (shop closed due to AC malfunction) and b) margaritas (restaurant not open). We finally ended up at Tutta Bella where we couldn’t even get a draft beer (their CO2 was broken). Geesh! Ah well, we managed to down some pizza, salad and gelato and are now firmly ensconced in our Adirondack chairs. As G said, “I feel great, as long as I’m not moving!”
Super duper thanks to Phillipa and Tim for watching Lucy (and at 5.45 am, no less!).