Two Teens And Their Mama: Rocking Five Miles With A Blogging Buddy

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rocking Five Miles With A Blogging Buddy


Lately my cup of blogging friendship has been overflowing.  Last week I met up with Deena and Carrie in San Antonio, and on Saturday I was so excited to walk an 8K with Susan from the most -- of every moment as part of the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon.

Susan is my very first blogging buddy, and we were able to meet for coffee last year.  Since then we've kept in touch through email and phone calls, and when she asked if I'd like to walk the 8K with her, I jumped at the chance.


T had registered to run his first 1/2 Marathon, so we arrived in Seattle bright and early to find parking and get warmed up.  The first runners were to start at 7am, with "corrals" leaving every 1-2 minutes.  We left T in corral nine with instructions to stay hydrated, and headed back to number 30 where the, um, slower folks were gathering.


The Space Needle blasted the starting fireworks, and we were off!


Actually, we weren't quite off yet.  It took another 50 minutes for our corral to be released at the starting line, but Susan and I were so busy talking, we didn't mind.

We walked and chatted, and chatted and walked some more.  The company was excellent and the views were beautiful!



Every mile or so there was a water station and a band playing rock music to keep everyone energized.


At about the nine mile mark for the 1/2 marathoners, our paths met up with them.  Susan commented that it would be neat if we saw T running, and just then, we did.  It was kind of like a story problem from middle school algebra:  if T leaves at 7:10 am to run 13 miles at 6.87 minute pace, and Susan and Lana leave at 7:50am to walk 5 miles at 15 minute pace, what are the odds that they will meet at the nine mile mark of the marathon?  Or something like that - math wasn't my strongest subject.

I imagine that with 17,000 runners, the odds weren't very good, but nonetheless, there he was.  We hooted and hollered and he gave us a quick wave as he ran past.


The 75 minutes flew by, and soon we were crossing the finish line, very proud of our efforts. We even got medals!


We found our families, and I was able to meet Susan's husband, sister, brother-in-law and beautiful daughter (who also ran 13.1 miles - you go, girl)!  

T's final time was 91 minutes - not bad for his first 1/2 marathon!
It was a wonderful morning, and I'm so thankful that I was able to spend it with Susan.  I know I sound like a broken record, but meeting bloggers and forming friendships is such a blessing.  And when they're as kind and interesting as Susan, it's a double blessing.  My turn to visit you next!

26 comments:

  1. Oh wow that is awesome! Congrats on making it through this event-that's really amazing! I'd be dead at like mile 5. Haha. I'm just lazy.

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  2. It was so much fun to walk the race with you Lana! And a huge congrats to T!!

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    1. Thanks Susan! I had so much fun - let's do it again next year!

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  3. That's awesome! Congrats on walking the 1/2 and to your son for running his first 1/2!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  4. What fun! Always great to make friends online and then get a chance to meet up in real life.

    I'm interested in what T has on his calves. What are those for? I need all the help I can get running : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I'm bummed that I won't be able to meet up with you stylish ladies in Vancouver :(. T is wearing compression sleeves - they are mainly for shin splints and support. He's worn them for almost a year now, and has had no more pain! We got them on Amazon.

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  5. Your photos make me feel even more remorse. Silly me! Next year I'll make sure I book early. Had no idea the race kicks off with fireworks! And from the Space Needle. So cool. Congrats to your son for completing the half. And for you and S to run into him? Wow. Meant to be.

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    1. We really missed you Kelly - next year for sure!

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  6. What a fun day! I so loved reading your fun hypothetical math problem Tee-Hee! Thanks for sharing, Lana!

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    1. Haha - my math problem was a disaster but it was fun to come up with :)!

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  7. So, so envious! Two of my favourite bloggers in the same place at the same time. Sigh.
    P.S. Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thanks Diane! Maybe we'll all meet at the BAM conference one day?

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  8. Oh, I thought about you two all weekend wishing I were with you! It looks like such a fun event! It's time for you to make a visit to the East coast. Like Charleston!!!!! or you and Susan could come down for our walk in October, but I really don't want to wait that long haha!

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    1. We talked about you too Rena. We definitely need to plan a meet up!

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  9. What a gorgeous day! And how awesome to run with blogging friends and family. That's the best. I have met a lot of bloggers in my day. I think my first was.. Michelle from A Dish of Daily Life. And she's totally a runner! I'd love to run with her!

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  10. You did it! And your hair looked great at the finish line...you didn't even look short of breath. Impressive. Looks like the view along the walk was breath-taking. So proud of you to do this.

    I need to check out Susan's blog. Will head over there now. High five!!

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  11. It sounds like you had so much fun... the blogging cummunity is not huge in Nova Scotia... I'm going to have to travel to meet them but I am looking forward to it.. xox ♡

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    1. Maybe we will get to meet one day!

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  12. How come I never saw this!?! I think I liked the Insta photos!! This is the coolest. What a fun day!! And the fact that you have a blogging buddy so close is awesome!! Come visit me next!! :)

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