Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

8/14/2010

7:30 AM

Marathon  Course Closes 1:00pm

Half Marathon  Course Closes 10:00am

6.7 Mile Run  Course Closes 9:30am

6.7 Mile Walk  Course Closes 10:00am

All courses are along the very rim of majestic Crater Lake and are at altitudes ranging from 5,980 to 7,850 feet above sea level. Be challenged by rugged mountains and breathtaking views.



Transportation

Buses will provide transportation to the start line and back from finish lines as follows: Loading area for those staying in the Mazama Motor Motel or Campground will be in the Mazama Village parking area. Loading area for those driving in on race day will be at the Rim Village parking area. Those staying at the Lodge will walk to the bus loading area in the Rim Village parking area.

We stayed at the Lodge…which is definitely the place to stay!  It books up immediately so reservations should be made well in advance.  We walked down the hill to the Rim Village and caught the bus around 6:15 am.


Pre Race

The starting area…

Brrr!  I don’t know what the temp was, but us Florida chicks were freezing!!

Notice…..SNOW!!!!

The Race

The gun went off around 7:30 and off we went chasing Bill….who was running fast to warm up…or maybe we were just oxygen deprived??

We still couldn’t believe there was still snow!!

I convinced Kari to make some snow/ice angels…yes it was cold and wet!!

The scenery here was just magnificent!!!!

Water stops were stocked with water and gatorade…

So many of the trees were bowed out like this…anyone know why??  Very interesting…

I am not sure what a grouse is either, but maybe I should check it out??

And yes the hills were much steeper than they look!

Obviously we were having too much fun if I took the time to climb the hill for a pic on the tree…:)

The lake was the most amazing color of blue!!

I’m on fire!  Corny I know!

Kari Queen of the pine cones!!

We stopped at the 6.7 mile finish for watermelon and soda.

The trees just seemed to grow out of the sides of the rocks.

Notice the height of the tree pole…they were along the roads…does snow really get that high??!!

They say 50 feet!?!  Yikes!

We met two really nice maniacs!!

I made Bill wear my gloves…hehe…

The finish for the half marathon…and potty stop….and more watermelon….yea!

The last four miles were on this really nice dirt road…although there was a pretty good climb from 22-24….

Kari thought it was wrong to put a mountain at this point….

But I loved the downhill…and went screaming down…Bill said he clocked me at a 6:50…woo-hoo!

Kari is VERY glad to finish this one!!

The musketeers….

We feasted on watermelon and soda…the finish line food…and jumped on the bus for the ride back…

Kari is worn out…

and we are very dirty….

We rode the bus back to the parking lot where we were met by a ranger with our drop bags and then walked to the hotel to clean up…

This race is breathtaking…I loved it!!

T Shirts & Medals

All finishers will receive a commemorative medal and shirt.

Results

Cristy  5:46.03

Bill  5:46.40

Kari  5:53.06

Post Race

Our very cool room in the lodge…two story loft…only one problem…

The bathroom is upstairs…not such a great idea after the marathon!!

We went down to the Mazama cafe for dinner…it was a buffet…and I was starving!!!

Kari shared a kiss and I shared a smoke…hehe…not really…

We then went back to the lodge to watch the beautiful sunset on the deck.  We spent the rest of the evening in the lodge and ordered a fruit and cheese tray…the restaurant in the lodge looked like a great place for dinner…maybe next time…

We enjoyed the evening in cushy chairs, next to the fire, with this as our view…enjoying the company of good friends…

A perfect end to a perfect day!

Life is good.

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Boston Marathon

April 19, 2010

Pre Race

We flew into Boston and met Bill at the airport.  We took the train to our hotels, dropped our luggage, ate some lunch (We ate at the food court in the mall), and headed to the expo for some serious shopping.  It would have to be a rushed trip since I only had 2 1/2 hours!  How could I ever fit it all in?!

I bought a hoodie, T Shirt, jacket, pin & patch.

I tried on numerous shoes…trying desperately to find a pair that leave me with toenails and blisterless.  Since my WONDERFUL Adizero LT shoes were discontinued I have had nothing but trouble!

I am currently running in Puma Complete Roadracers, which I love the way they feel, but they are leaving my feet a mess!

I even considered the Vibrams (even though I think they look funny), but they felt funny between my toes.  I am not sure what I think about the Vibram craze….

I may have narrowed it down to the Green Silence by Brooks for the next shoe to try…even though they are not green?!?

They didn’t have my size, so I will try to find them when I get home.

We shopped until the very last second then picked up our packets.  We got a great long sleeve tech shirt – teal for the girls & blue for the boys.

We met Chuck, Chuck (to be known as Chuck squared in the future) and John out front and headed over to Cheesecake Factory for dinner.  We had a bit of a wait so we headed over to the hotel, dropped our stuff, and hung out at Starbucks (where else) until time to eat.

We headed back over to Cheesecake Factory and I was ready to eat!!  I had sweet corn tamale cakes and jamaican black pepper shrimp…some of my favorite dishes!!

We said good bye and turned in after sorting through our schwag.

We took a taxi to and met the guys at Panificio for breakfast.  I had delicious french toast!  As we were leaving, we met the editor of Runners World.  Very fun!

Now it’s off to spend the day at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum!

Our trek begins!

We took the train and got off at the JFK/U Mass station.  The museum and U Mass must be close!

Even though it was chilly and rainy, it was a beautiful walk to the museum.

We walked through some cool neighborhoods and Callie had the opportunity to get some nice pics.

Okay, the walk was a little further than we expected!

The rain finally stopped and we made a pit stop at the University and then headed to the museum.

We FINALLY arrived at the JFK museum.

It is my goal to visit all of the Presidential Museums…this will make number 4 for Chuck and me…Bill, Kari, & John are behind!

Our official photographer!

We were all very happy to learn that there was a shuttle that would take us back to the train station!

The trip back was a lot faster even if it was not as scenic…

Now the train…

Chuck was showing off his new Boston jacket while we waited!

Callie wasn’t sure that she wanted to be associated with the boys!

They just look like trouble, huh?

We stopped at Starbucks before heading back to our hotels.  Callie and I made one last pass through the expo while Bill headed back to the hotel to do some work.

We met Bill at the hotel then jumped in a cab to go to the pasta feed.

So much for relaxing the day before the race!

We pulled up to the pasta feed just in time to run from the cab to the front of the line to catch the boys who were already going inside…woo-hoo!

The room was decorated with balloons that had videos of past races projected on to them.  Very Cool!!

Geoff Smith…1984 and 1985 winner from Great Britain.

Our meals consisted of salad, rolls, tuna fish pasta salad, pasta marinara with sausage, and mac & cheese.  I stuck with the meatless choices – mac and cheese and salad.  It was very good!

We got a big table inside and a girl from Idaho and her hubby joined us.  The pasta feed at Boston is fun and now I know we can sit inside…we have always been outside in the past and the weather can be chilly.

On the way out they gave out bags of Toblerone and Lindor chocolates, cookies, chips, etc.  Yummy!!

We headed back to the hotel and laid out all of our race stuff and hit the sack!

Race

We were up early and I had my traditional breakfast of a donut and Starbucks bottled frappuccino.

We headed out for our mile + walk to the buses.  We met a super cool guy along the way, Neil from…Idaho!  We talked all the way to the buses and we found out it was his first Boston.  We kind of adopted him into our group as we navigated the crowd to find the guys.  The guys had started talking to a couple of gals…also from Idaho!  I think the whole state of Idaho must be in Boston!

Chuck, the Idaho girls, and Neil…

me and Bill…

and John and Chuck…

enjoyed the long ride in traffic to Hopkinton with great company!

We were dropped off in the Athlete’s Village and wandered around for awhile looking for a warm, comfortable spot out of the wind to stretch out.  All of a sudden, I hear “Cristy!”  It’s Jan from Phoenix!  Wow!  What a small world!!

Here we are!  Look at my crew of guys!!

We finally find a spot on the grassy knoll!

Chuck settles in and has a snack!

I am sooo happy!  I love the experience of Boston!

John is ready to go!!  hehe!  He might be warm but he is still funny!

The buses in the back are our bag drop.

Woo-Hoo!!

Our new super fast friend Neil is ready to run his first Boston!  Yea!!!!

Bill disappeared into the port-a-potty line…Where is he?!  It is time to go!!

John is ready to go…we just don’t want to talk about what he plans to do with the empty bottle…hmmm.

Me and my guys!!

I think we are all psyched and ready to head to the start!

Bill, Neil, and I were in the first wave and headed down 30 minutes before the three musketeers.  We wished Neil luck as he headed up to his corral.

Bill and I started out running together, but after a short while I let Bill go as I wanted to be a bit conservative during the first half.  I had been suffering with some pretty severe back pain all week and just wanted to ensure that I could finish.  I caught back up with Bill after a few miles and introduced him to an Aussie that I met.  He was 72 and shooting for a 3:33.  I kept Bill in sight until I pulled off before Wellesley for a pit stop and to dislodge a pebble from my shoe.

I avoided the kisses and ran through the Wellesley girls on the opposite side of the street, although my ears were still ringing for miles!

I ran down the hill after the Wellesley girls and through the downtown area feeling okay.  I think it was on the next uphill slope that I started having trouble…my back started having spasms so I made the decision to make sure I could finish.  I walked up every uphill from there to the finish.

I made it to the Newton Hills and found orange slice heaven!

There is nothing that tastes better to me during or after a run than oranges!

…and I am pretty sure I ate about five whole oranges on my journey through Newton!

I knew once I made it to the top of Heartbreak that I would finish and just enjoyed the run.  Boston College may even surpass the Wellesley girls for enthusiasm and noise!  As we ran by their party seemed to be just getting started!  I had some stomach issues and ducked into an empty port-a-let.  I think it was empty because you had to weave through a sea of spectators to get there!   I ran past a girl that was struggling…so I decided to run with her for a bit.  She had a hip injury and was suffering.  We talked for a bit and she seemed to start feeling better (or she was very brave).  Off I went to the Citgo sign…one mile to go!

I love Boston because it is 26.2 miles of 500,000 spectators!

I turned the corner to Boylston and reveled in the moment.

I felt mixed emotions…so privileged and proud to be there, but a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to have the day I had hoped for…but as the throngs of people several deep on Boylston cheered…I came to peace with the day…it is Boston…and I finished…loving every minute…what more could I ever ask for!

LIFE IS GOOD!!!!

I looked for Callie as I was running in, but I didn’t see her (she was there waiting for an hour but didn’t see me either…what a trooper!)  Bill was waiting for me at the finish line.  We got our medals and potato wraps and headed for the food tables for cookies and snacks, and then to the buses for our bags.  I still had an upset tummy (which is unusual for me and it lasted for a couple of days…ugh!) and I was starting to get cold!

At the finish, a sea of potato wrapped runners make their way to the buses to pick up their drop bags.

We got our bags, put on some warm clothes, called Callie, and headed to the hotel…stopping by Starbucks to look for Neil…but no sign…it turns out we missed each other.

Post Race

Callie met us at the room, I took a nap while Bill showered, then I took a long soak in a very hot tub. (also unusual for me as I find the thought of hotel tubs icky) but felt a bit better afterward…maybe it was the Pepto?

We took a cab to the North End to meet the guys, and walk to an Italian restaurant…well with some shopping pit stops along the way!

We had a great dinner at La Famiglia Giorgio!

I had a great stuffed eggplant!

Chuck J. had this yummy looking mussel dish.

We finished the evening by getting a Gelati at the Gelatateria, going to Mike’s Pastry for Cannoli, and next door for coffee.

I slept sooo sound!  Bill got up and met the guys at Panificio for breakfast, but Callie and I opted for breakfast at the Pour House and shopping on Newbury Street before we checked out and headed to the airport at noon.

Maybe this would have helped Monday!

Should we go to the airport or Wonderland…maybe the airport.

Results

Valerie Bertinelli ran to support research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute-The Jimmy Fund.  She finished in 5:14…

Bill  3:36.04

Cristy  3:48.19

John  3:58.12

Chuck  4:42.12

Chuck J  5:04.38

Neil  3:58.52

Ahhh…the decision…to run or not to run…

I had a pretty good week last week of 69 miles.  I have been trying to get my mileage back up after a slow winter.  I usually average 70-80 mile weeks – but with alot of LSD (long slow distance).  I will talk about my thoughts on that on another day (or two).  I start my running weeks on Monday as I find that the average totals seem to not jump around so much if I race on the weekends.  I took off Monday – which is my normal day off – ran one 8.5 mile run last night with my running club, and did my usual 6 mile run with my running buddy this morning.

I am running the Antelope Island 50 Mile, my first, or 50K, if I chicken out.  So how much taper is needed for a run of this distance?  I have not been able to come to a conclusion yet.  I seem to feel sluggish with too much time off, but I always feel that it is better to go into a race well rested.  I have done quite a few runs over 26 miles – but not more than 35 miles – and have never altered my schedule, so the decision…

to run or not?