I received an entry to Rock n' Roll Seattle on behalf of BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK, but all opinions are my own.
And, boy, do I have some OPINIONS. It probably wouldn't come as a shock that I was a bit skeptical of the whole Rock n' Roll juggernaut. This race series is not my typical favorite. I'm usually a fan of local, logistically easy, smaller races. But, I have always been curious and was (as I said before) so excited to get the invite to run. Especially after they made the right call earlier this year and reinstated the elite program. This race negated all my preconceptions: it was absolutely fantastic.
First off, I was apprehensive of the expo. Even though I've run at least eight races since Eugene a year ago, I haven't had to go to a race expo since. Most often, they're a pain in the butt and having to get myself into the city on a weekday involved a bit of juggling with my husband's work schedule. But I'm a fan of the Century Link Events Center because it's a super easy drive and there is plenty of parking in and around the building. The expo is very high energy and has a party vibe, and I'd expect no less from Rock n' Roll.
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|Picked up my shirt, and am VERY pleased with navy blue! Love the fit of Brooks tech shirts for women.|
They're so freaking comfortable. I want to buy ALL THE HEADSWEATS. Moving on... I had to check in with my favorite Nuun peeps and added another bottle to my collection!
Then I caught up with my Hot Chocolate 5K/15K guru Josiah (and have a code now for a free hat with next year's Seattle registration! SEAHAT2). And of course, met up with a bunch of Twitter peeps. Selfies ensued.
|We met up at the Pro Compression booth and they did some fun giveaways - I scored a pretty cool hat, too!|
|Nikki, Stacie and me (with Brian photobombing)|
|Had to get my own selfie with the one and only Pavement Runner|
|Stacie and I again! With Nuunie Zoe!|
|Lifted from the RnR Instagram Account|
|medal close up - I like the 'guitar as spoon'|
I immediately got my medal and skipped the bottles of Gatorade for my recovery CHOCOLATE MILK, of course! After guzzling that down and eating some blessedly salty snacks, I headed over to the VIP area to meet up with my fellow Chocolate Milk runner, Wes.
It was great to finally hang out with him for a bit, since we've only ever side-fived on the Burke Gilman trail and tweet at each other. The wait for a free massage would have cut into my brunch plans, so I took full advantage of the mats and rollers available.
And, yes, I DID get to meet and chat with Apolo!
He ran a 1:36 (a PR) and we talked about his training, being home for less than 24 hours and his disbelief that he's actually doing an Ironman. He was truly a super nice (and super cute) dude.
I headed over to brunch at Buckleys (best place for post Seattle Center races and the take reservations!) in a bit of a blissed out daze. I now see what the hubbub is all about, at least for the Seattle race. Yes I got to meet Apolo and hang in VIP for a bit, but the best parts were the course and seeing so many great peeps from the local running community that come out for this event. It's a big race but it felt small and local since I saw friends cheering (shout out to Portia!) and running along the course, at the Expo and after for brunch. I'm seriously considering paying cash money (lots of cash money: RnR ain't cheap.) to run again next year. Either that or pledge to BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK that I'd walk over hot coals to run for them again...
Did you run Rock n' Roll Seattle? Let me know and I'll add your recap! So far I've got:
Slow Is The New Fast
Hungry Runner Girl
Leila A to Z