My first run in over a week due to the aforementioned nasty chest cold! The charming Ben from the interwebs was in town and I wasn’t about to pass up the chance to meet a bunch of seemingly cool people ready to Do Life.
I parked about 10 miles away (or so it seemed) and sheepishly crept up to where the group of Life Doers were hanging out (I am usually the queen of social awkwardness). Ben was just as charismatic and friendly as he seems on his blog and welcomed me with a handshake and a smile. I got a photo in which I look way too squinty/happy:
I got a bit tired on the actual 5k (which was along a cool waterfront path I’ll probably return to), likely as the result of a week of sitting around on my arse doing nothing, but ran most of the way with a fellow from Australia who said he usually is more of a cyclist and hadn’t run in years, and ran the whole thing in Converse shoes! (oh man my feet would be KILLING me heh, those aren’t even comfortable to walk around all day in). So it was fun to chat with him, and then with a bunch of other folks afterward at a little seafood diner. Ben’s girlfriend’s parents from Vancouver, Canada were there, so I talked to them about the Olympics last year, and found out they used to live right across the water from my hometown in Victoria, BC (where I used to go all the time back when I lived in Port Angeles)! I met some other folks currently at about the same running stage as myself and even recorded a little “how I’m doing life” blurb for a video being created by Dev on Running, which should be thoroughly embarrassing to watch once she’s completed it! x_X (EDIT: here it is! Aiee, I am an awkward dork [memo to self: the Nike visor, while it keeps the rain/sun/hair out of your eyes, is not the most flattering thing. Also, don’t do the nervous laugh/eyeroll so much], but the video is awesome!)
Devon also posted a Flickr photoset of the event, and caught a pic of me flailing wildly with my hands while talking (not that I do that all the time, and regularly whap other people accidentally, or anything):
Ben was cool as well and busted out the dance moves a few times:
I forgot to stop Henry the Garmin at the end of the run so my time is a little… crazy, but that wasn’t really important – the more awesome thing was meeting some great people, doing life with fellow runners, and enjoying a little camaraderie in the drizzly Seattle morning.
Some other photos courtesy of Devon and her talented photographer boyfriend Aaron: