Marathon Relay – My New Running LOVE!

I discovered a whole new way to run races today and I have to say I’m head over heals in love with the marathon relay!  Specifically with the Tacoma City Marathon Relay!

Team Kicking Asphalt had a blast out there today!!!  We finished in 3:49:34 and had so much fun along the way! 

From L-R Chuck (Michelle’s brother), Michelle, Alicia (long time friend of Bob and Michelle), Me, Dev (Josh’s son), Elya and Josh…pre-race.  Photo credit – Bob
I can’t tell you how much fun we had waiting at each exchange, cheering friends and strangers alike as we waited for our runners.  I saw Amy come through the water station at every exchange (except the one at the end of my leg) and we all cheered and screamed our heads off for her, and all the runners really.  
It was kind of cool because we got to each exchange (always at a water station) so quickly that we would see everyone (minus the speedsters that were leading) up to the 3:35’ish pace group go through over and over again, and it was awesome and fascinating to see how some changed over the course of 26.2.  The best part was cheering those same runners across the finish line.  It was extra special when someone we knew ran past, but we were pretty excited for complete strangers as well.  
   In race group selfie, waiting for Alicia to arrive and send me on my way.  Photo credit – Michelle. 
I LOVED being able to cheer and observe the race, but also get to run as well.  It’s the best of both worlds really.  I knew we’d have fun as a team, but I had not anticipated how meaningful it would be to cheer other runners on, and watch my friends who were taking on the full marathon.  
I also found out what it’s like to run when you have a team waiting for you.  I set a new personal record…5 Mile Drive in 52 minutes, which is the fastest I’ve ever run it, and that was with a couple extra miles tacked on as well!  
I decided to just go for it and see what I could do.  My legs felt it…I was so ready to tag in Chuck when I got to the exchange.  But, it was worth it…I’m really happy with the pace I kept and how I felt doing it…hard, but I got it done!   
I’ll tell you though, there is no pride in passing full marathoners when running a relay leg.  I was fresh and only running 6 ish miles, and they were on miles 12-18 and doing their best to get up and down the hills.  I felt bad every time I passed a marathoner because some of them were clearly in pain and ready to be done.  
        Finished!  Photo Credit – Josh

Tacoma City Marathon Association put on another great event.  Tacoma City Marathon is the biggest race of the year around here and they were very organized and runners had everything they needed along the course.  They even had wicked cool medals for us! 

Race medal turned bottle opener…brilliant!!  I opened a few bottle with it today!  🙂
I seriously want to go find as many relays as possible to run now!  Can’t wait for whenever the next one is!
Who else ran this weekend?  Tell me about it!!!

All Kinds Of Running Fun!

Last night was the Fleet Feet Run Club (FFRC) First Annual Christmas Part!  After a little 3 mile group run (thank you Michelle for sweeping with me!) we gathered for food, drinks, cookies, and gifts.  A good time was had by all!

Run, drink, eat!

Can we just talk about these cookies for a moment please.  They are amazing, if I do say so myself.  Let’s be clear here, I am not a baker, like never, ever, don’t even like it.  Give me $150 cut of prime rib roast and I will spend all day in the kitchen perfecting the most amazing meal, but give me $7 – $10 worth of ingredients to make cookies with and I break out in hives.  Not. My. Thing.  I was super not excited about the cooking exchange part of the FFRC party, but like a good sport I searched Pinterest and the blogs and found these bad boys. 
 Hot Chocolate Cookies!

I got the idea from Hungry Runner Girl, if you don’t read her blog go check it out!  But, the recipe is actually from Seeded At The Table, which isn’t a blog I follow, but maybe we all should!!!  
My only word of advice would be not to double the batch because the batter is so thick that it becomes impossible to blend.  As in it burned up my mixer, it was actually smoking.  I finally had to put gloves on and use my hands to blend it all together.  Other than that they are easy to make and totally worth the time and effort. 
The running fun continued today with a visit from adidas for the stroller group run.  Everyone that wanted to try out the Glide Boost had an opportunity to do so.  Those raspberry pink laces just make me smile!  After the run we had snacks and more cookies.  But the best part was Elya and  her new bundle of joy joined us for cookies, and baby snuggle time.  Thank you to Kelli for bring the shoes for the group to try out.  They appreciate the effort and attention!   
Sky just loves babies so much.  Once she got her hands on Rielle she was not going to let go.  It took some convincing to get her to share the baby with everyone else.  I’m so excited, for all the right reasons, that Rielle is here and part of their family, but I’m also excited because it means that soon Elya will be back to running.  I have missed running with her so much!  
Don’t tell Sky but I’m sneaking over to Elya’s when she’s at the grandparents this afternoon so I can have my very own baby time!!!
The last exciting running tidbit is that in a last minute decision Sky will be running her second race this weekend!!!  We visited Tacoma City Marathon Association (TCMA) offices today and got her registered for Santa Runs Tacoma 1K.   
I found out today that the kids get a wrapped gift at the finish…How cute is that!  Per usual there will more pictures than are necessary.  🙂
What is your go to Holiday Cookie?