I remember falling into the seat of the airplane exhausted after working and packing a suitcase that would last me until the end of July. That’s when the excitement and anticipation to see my friends set in. I enjoyed meeting all the athletes on my flight traveling to “Rock” the streets of Seattle. The Seattle/Tacoma airport has cool art exhibits in their concourses and easy access to public transportation. It reminds me a lot of Cleveland, Ohio.
After arriving in the city of Seattle, I went straight to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Health & Fitness Expo. I volunteered in the Rock ‘n’ Roll booth where I was able to share my race experiences and listen to the goals of future “Rock Idol” heavy medalists. It was truly inspiring. Getting to see fellow teammate Apolo Ohno later that day at the Team Chocolate Milk booth was very nice. Before I left the expo I made sure I was registered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon where we will be running the Las Vegas #StripAtNight! I purchased a new Sweaty Band with custom Seattle graphic and new SPIBELT. Y’all if you have not tried Sweaty Bands or SPIBELTS; you have to try them, they are AWESOME!
After leaving the Rock ‘n’ Roll Expo I went to see Pike’s Place Market and had a great time running into friends along the way. The lines were long that evening so I went to Hard Rock Café. I had a burger that was soooooo good… it was “legendary”! I got a pin for my Rock ‘n’ Roll TourPass lanyard and met up with friend Eric Frank before bedtime. I always feel like 19:00 (7pm!) is the time the night before a race that my carriage is going to turn into a pumpkin = time to sleep.
Race day was a ton of fun at the start line… It was a “selfie-fantasia”. I saw Pavement Runner and running buddies from Madrid, Spain. Running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon is like running to OZ. The only difference is the yellow brick road is a lot more paved than brick and instead of ruby slippers; I would like to imagine myself running in ruby Brooks Pure Project shoes.
One of my favorite parts of this particular course was the mile dedicated to United States service women and men. The park was very serene and I saw a few rabbits – but no lions thankfully! The volunteers and different cheer teams were giving 100% to the athletes. By the time I ran into the disco tunnel and was back in the city; I was ready for the water stop with all the Starbucks volunteers around mile 23.
When I crossed the finish line, my finisher’s medal had a cool coffee cup on it. The post race party was a melting pot of great music by Sir Mix-A-Lot, creative post-13.1/26.2 race dance moves, and Michelob Ultra beer.
Later in the day I visited the Fremont Street fair and the Solstice Parade with friends. The festival had so many local restaurants and mobile food vendors + a lot of people watching opportunities. One of my favorite life memories was sitting with my friend Candy Johns on the river watching the party boats and drawbridge.
I remember sitting at the airport the next day to catch a flight to Gdansk, Poland thinking; there’s no place like home! Seattle, Washington is a community that makes you fell like the Emerald City is home.
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