Monday, June 20, 2016

Weekend Bliss

I just had the most wonderful weekend. I was able to do all the things that I love with the people that I love! My weekend started off by my bouncing out of work a couple of hours early on Friday to head down to the Rock N Roll Seattle Marathon Expo! One of my favorite race expos but this year I got to volunteer at two booths. I started off at the Seattle Green Lake Running Group Pacer booth for an hour or so and I was very fascinated by how many runners didn't know what a pacer was. It was exciting to tell them what we did and how we did it. I absolutely love being a pacer, helping people reach their goals is so rewarding, it's indescribable! I highly recommend it! 
I then spent the last 3 hours of the expo at the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k booth! I love love love Chocolate, so why not share my love with other runners! It was a blast telling people about the race and how... there really are chocolate aid stations and chocolate at the finish and chocolate chocolate chocolate, did I mention there is chocolate? 
Free Swag Promo Code for Hot Chocolate 15k/5k! "SEATTLESWAG5"
One thing I didn't expect from the expo was how much my jaw would hurt from talking to much! But it was so worth it. 
My pace partner Amy and I at the top and my whole pace team in the bottom middle. 
Amy and I decided to head to our start line a little early and we got there... 2 hours early, OOPS! It was great though, we were able to meet several more pacers and got to know each other better before we ran 13 miles together! Amy was incredible, she completed a 1/2 Ironman the weekend before and she stuck through this race perfectly! Congrats on your Ironman and completing your first pacing event, way to go Amy!
Amy and I at the finish line, crossed exactly as predicted! 
We went through several runners before we finished but one, Eryn, made it the whole way with us! She was so amazing, she was ready to stop at mile 23 but we didn't let her and she ran so strong into the finish. It was worth every second just to see her complete strong and so happy ... <3 font="" nbsp="" pacing="">
After the race a few of us went out and attended the Solstice Parade and Party, which, due to the nature of the event, there are no photos. However, it is a blast if you have never attended!
Jessica and I on a puppy play date on the top of Mt Washington!
On Sunday, my new found friend Jessica and her beautiful husky Addy, Laddie and I went out and hiked Mt Washington. It was the perfect day for hiking! It was sunny and cool. We had a wonderful time just taking it easy and letting Laddie have his first hiking experience. It was a 8.5 mile round trip hike with 3250 elevation gain. Not too shabby. Laddie got tired on the way back but he was a trooper and made it through. 
Rainier from the top of Mt Washington.
I can feel beat down, stressed out, angry, stressed; anything that life can do to bring you down but as soon as I step foot into the forest, everything washes away. My whole life is set aside and it's just the mountains and I together for the day. All of my worries and stress are forgotten, it's as if the mountains are saying; "Thank you for being with me today, I will wash all things away for you." It's really heaven on Earth when you are out there with Mother Nature knowing she is in control of everything and you are just there for the ride. 
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." - John Muir
Keep on Running!