|Good start to a crazy day? I think yes.|
One of these crucial-to-my-happiness-especially-on-Thursdays blogs is Ali on the Run. Ali's a working/running gal in NYC with a competitive streak and a killer sense of humor. Recently she ran her first marathon, raising money along the way for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Part of her fundraising efforts included these killer "I ♥ Sweat" tee shirts. Since I'd been stalking her blog for months, I figured it was time to pay up and support a great girl and a great cause.
I was super psyched when the shirt arrived in time for the last long run of our half marathon training program! We decided to do the Snoqualmie Ridge 5 mile trail run, which coincidentally was the day of Ali's marathon. Obviously I planned to be a vital part of the long distance cheering squad.
|It came! Woohoo!!!|
Being avid magazine subscribers and cooks (well, one cook and one hobbit - good team), we decided to test out Gesine Bullock-Prado's Long Run Cake (yup, Sandra Bullock's sister).
Tons of chocolate...and it's made with black beans. Who knew?
|Finally used the Twinkie pan my dad gave Jared|
Bad news: If you eat it before a run, you will REALLY want to support anything to do with Crohn's or IBS or...anything, because you will spend most of 5 miles in the woods debating whether you'll last till the end of the race or have to hop off the trail and improve a porta potty out of bushes. I kid you not.
Race recap beyond the TMI above? Sure thing, but be warned. It gets gross.
It was chilly to start, but a beautiful clear morning. There were only about a hundred runners, which made it kinda nice. I could've kicked myself for not starting farther back...it's too easy to get caught up with the speedy starters and charge ahead...and then poop out towards the end. Which is pretty much what I did. Jared, being sweet, ran with me the whole race. (Even held my hand at one point...I like that kid.)