Monday, June 25

Rock and Roll

Ben & I ran the Rock and Roll Seattle Half Marathon on Saturday. 
We had so much fun!
This was Ben's first half marathon & my second one.
The weather called for 55 degrees and raining so we dressed appropriately, however there was no rain and it was definitely not 55 degrees. 
In fact, we had a ton of sunshine! We were so excited and so thankful that God held the rain out until literally 30 mins after the race ended! 
BUT, needless to say, we were sweating like crazy during the race---but i'll take that any day over running 13.1 miles in the rain! 
35,000 people raced on Saturday.
Ben beat his goal of finishing 13.1 miles in one hour and forty-five minutes and he finished in
one hour and forty-three minutes!!!!!!
He is soo awesome! That is great time! 
He finished #568 out of 14,089 (There were 14,089 runners running the half-marathon)
Unfortunately, I did not beat my goal of finishing 13.1 miles in two hours and twenty-three minutes (my finishing time in my last half-marathon) 
I finished in two hours and thirty minutes exactly! 
So I only missed my goal by seven minutes--not that bad. I definitely felt like this race was more difficult than the last half I ran mainly because I didn't train for this race as much as I had for the last one AND this race was very hilly! There was a significantly steep hill at mile 5, another at mile 9, mile 11 and the worst hill right at the mile 13 marker
Even though my finishing time was longer than my last finishing time, I know that I did improve on my speed/pace and my running was stronger. I hit mile marker 11 right at 2 hours of running and that is where I crashed! I truly felt like my body had been hit by a semi-truck and that my legs were 1,000 lbs each. I could not run anymore and because of that, the remaining 2.1 miles took me 30mins to complete! 
I will definitely train better for our next race and try to beat my goal again! 
I finished #8,472 out of 14,089. 

Lisa Hallett carries a flag for her husband, Capt. John Hallett, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 as she runs in the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on Saturday, June 23, 2012. She was running with the Wear Blue, Run to Remember group.

Cheerleaders, families, marching bands, and several other groups of people were
on the sidelines all throughout the race course holding signs and cheering all of the runners on!
Some of the signs were really funny!!

Ben stretching out his knee at 6:00am

Our race shirts, race bibs, and finishing medals!
Ben got me new running shoes at the expo for our next race!

We stayed at the Hilton in downtown Seattle on friday night because our
race time was 7:00am and we had to catch the monorail downtown at 5:30am because of road blocks
We both had so much fun and can't wait to run our next one! 
We are going to try to make it a goal to run a half marathon every year to help us stay in shape.
You should have seen how we were walking after the race.....

Friday, June 22

around town

So since I completely neglected my blog for over a month, I'm gonna do a photo dump! 
The following pictures are random photos from everyday life all around seattle.
MVP in Kent

These next three pictures were from the night we brought the motorcycle home

my attempt at making a "hardcore face"
Joey got a motorcycle, too!

extremely high gasoline prices!
trying to make our apt feel like summer!
I found this flower at Ben's work!
Ben & I went for a run one evening and found this cute little fort on the trail
complete with a bon fire!
The flowers in Washington are so pretty!
Ohhh, Tuck!
Cool houseboat in Seattle
I love this man so much!
The making of a Krispie Kreme Donut! 
We pre-bought movie tickets for the opening night of The Avengers!
Ben dressed up for the occasion! 
my bff! 
I truly think we get the very best sunset in the pacific northwest!
Our local grocery store! I walked here one evening because
it was so pretty out and I only needed a couple things!
Around our apt complex

Snoqualmie Falls on a rainy, gloomy day
hottie in a helmet !!
Shopping with Tuck!

relaxing in the sun after a run 
biking riding around seattle
Gasworks Parks on Lake Union 
We bought $1 kites from walmart and played with them at the park for hours!

We weren't the only ones with the idea! 

Alki Beach

My summer flowers

Our community group had a hawaiian party one weekend and I was in
of signs and banners so this was my craft day!

Cherries from the farmers market

Babysitting Isabelle! She has four pet chickens and we took turns taking
them to the park/playground on a leash!
Needless to say, we were very popular at the park!
Another crafting day! Ben and I pulled these chairs out of a dumpster
and $10 later (a can of paint + a sandpaper block) we got pretty chairs for our back porch!
Mint oreo stuffed chocolate cookies for our bon fire & bbq!
Trying this color out on the wall. 
Gasworks park 

Mt. Rainer from the neighborhood!
Another fun day of flying kites!

Cute little package for my niece's birthday!
gifts for two new baby girls-- Adaya Virginia Ciesielski & Mckenna Jane Hedger
And cookies to celebrate baby Addysen's birth (friends from our church here)
Ben and Tucker hanging out at the farmers market

Tulips from the market
Sounder train
Coulon Beach Park
View from dinner with dad and uncle steve

I found this stud on my way home! 
love him!!!
Ben and I go here often for date nights! It's a really cool outdoor environment
with a ton of restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream stores, retail stores,  an AMC movie theater and
outdoor firepits!