Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tacoma St. Patty's Day Kids Run 2014!

The reason I chose this race for Chase to do is that they were actually giving the kids race finishers a medal as well as a ribbon. Its pretty rare to find kids races that provide a medal and I thought it would be really fun for him to get a medal of his own.

How cute is he???
Since this race was in Tacoma and we live in Kirkland, I knew that I had quite a drive down there, so I made sure to get up early to make sure I got down there in time. The only problem was that the kids race didn't start until 11:00 which was super nice, however the packet pick up ended at 8:30. So I had to be down there by 8:30 and then hang out for 2.5 hours until the kids race started. I had paid $5.00 extra to pick the packet up on race day, they did have packet pick-up the day before, but it was way too far for me do drive just to pick up a T-shirt. Speaking of shirts, the race did come with a cute kid size T as well and I think I paid $20 all together including the packet pick-up fee, which by the way I could have gotten away without paying it since they didn't even check to see if I had prepaid for it or not. Oh well, it goes for a good cause at least.

So we hung out at Tully's for a few hours and had some breakfast, to kill some time before the race. The weather had been kind of iffy, rainy and then nice and rainy again, I kept hoping for a dry race and it stopped raining right before, which was super nice for the kiddos.

I had only found a parking space for 2 hour parking, but it was nice that the kids race was later in the day, by the time my parking meter had run out the half marathon runners were leaving and there were plenty of great spaces by the starting line to choose from, so I moved my car and off to the starting line we went.

I love that both of his feet are airborne in this picture!

This was a 1K race and there were probably about 50 kids or so, some really small, some that could have probably ran the 5K, but fun for all nevertheless.

Off goes the air horn and off goes Chase, he always starts out super fast, its impossible to try to pace a 5 year old kid, so I just let him go and told him that he could walk whenever he wanted to. So we ran a little and walked a little. Chase is super competitive, so when he saw kids smaller than him passing him, he just took off without looking back half way through, so fast that I had a hard time keeping up (needless to say, I should probably start training for my marathon in October). He bolted through the finish line, we even had somebody yell front he sideline "Mom, keep up!"

Chase got his medal and a finishers ribbon, the medal was the same as the half marathon finishers, but he didn't care, he was super happy about the glittery colorful St. Patty's Day medal.

At the finish line they had Little Caesars Pizza, bananas, grapes, candy and water. We grabbed a bite and headed to the Tacoma Children's Museum for some fun.

Hope you enjoyed the recap, I would definitely recommend this kids race for all ages of kids, there was no rush, even the littlest ones could make it.

Let me know of any kids races you or your children have participated in the comments below, I'm always looking for something new.

Thanks for reading and keep on running!

K and C

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon 2014!


So this is a crazy story, I mean not that crazy, but my goodness who would have thought that this would sell out this fast.

Here is how it all started:

The registration was supposed to open on January 23rd, 2014. I had been waiting for this day since I crossed the finish line in August of 2013 at SeaWheeze. This is by far my favorite race ever, even more than the Disney ones. Well, I don't know, they are pretty close, I mean, Lululemon throws one mean party!!!

The day of the registration I just happened to have a meeting for work and I had to excuse myself to go and use the bathroom, just so I can get on my phone at 10AM to register as soon as it opens. I'm standing there trying to log on and the site just keeps loading and crashing and finally 30 minutes later (that's right, 30 minutes later, I don't know what my co-workers thought of that...) I gave up and figured if I had problems logging on others must have as well. After my meeting I decided to check out the SeaWheeze site on my laptop to see if I would get a better connection and I see this...

Thats a huge bummer, they were already 20% sold out and there had to be soooooo many people trying to register for the website to crash. So they had pushed registration back until February 3rd, that seemed so far away and I was so afraid that I was going to forget. Immediately I set myself all sorts of reminders and specifically told my boss that I needed to take a break at 9:59AM on February 3rd. I was shocked how popular this race had become, in the past two years I registered within a week and there were still plenty of spots open.

Anyways, here come February 3rd and I'm eagerly sitting at my computer and on my phone, I figured at least I would get two chances if one failed, I would still have an opportunity. They had changed the registration this time around though. Once enough people had started registering they started putting people in a queue, who might or might not get in. This seemed like the registration for Comi-con or something, so crazy. They didn't have us pick the shorts at registration, it would have taken too much time and also they only gave you 10 minutes to register once you got in. There was even a count down clock as I was filling out the form, this did not help with my already high anxiety and stress levels.

Like I already said, I got in right away, I kept refreshing the site every second and finally my computer was faster then my phone and I was in and filling out the registration form. I knew from the earlier site crash that there were going to be so many people trying to register and that this would sell out in the matter of minutes, so I made sure that I was on the site at registration opening. Just like I thought, seemed like it sold out in about 10 minutes or so. I might be wrong, but I tried logging on later and it said that it was all sold out :(

Needless to say, I'm so happy and so excited about this race, I wouldn't miss it for the world. For all my friends out there, next year, please make sure you are on it the minute it opens, otherwise you'll miss out on the best race EVER!!!

Let me know if you were able to get in and hopefully I will see  you there in August!!!

P.S. They did change the date this year, it will be August 23rd, 2014!!!



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Welcome to 2014!!!

Sorry, I've been MIA. I haven't really been running any races so far this year and I've been trying to figure out what my race calendar is going to look like. When I started running in 2012 that was my year of mud runs/obstacle courses, 2013 was a year of half marathons, what should 2014 look like???

I'm not quite ready for a full Marathon yet, I'm leaving my first one to be something really special, but again not sure again what that will look like, but what I do know is that I will run one either towards the end of this year or the beginning of next. I cannot go back on that now, can I, since it in writing and all?

I'm really seriously considering going back home (that's Estonia) this year, lots is changing there. If you haven't heard the big news yet, I'm going to be an AUNT!!! I'm so excited, my little baby niece is going to be born somewhere around May and I would love to see and hold her. Also some sad news that I got is that my Grandpa is not doing very well and it would be an honor for me to have him see Chase. He is the sweetest, most selfless person I have ever met. Shhh... don't tell my Mom, this is not at all 100% and I really don't want to get her hopes up. If you think that she can just find out from here, I don't think so,  she can't speak or read English, thankfully!

I really want to get my son involved in running and in some races. So far we have done the 12K of Christmas kids race in Kirkland, WA. That was really fun, super cold, but it was less than a mile and we went for a hot coco at Starbucks afterwards, so he was a happy camper.

On February 2nd we did the Mill Creek YMCA kids 1 mile run. This one was really fun, also super cold, however they had a place for people to wait inside, they had hot coffee, tea and donuts. Since it fell on Groundhogs day, they had balloons shaped like groundhogs (more like cats, but whatever), if you found a groundhog during the race and got a picture from him, you could turn it into a little prize at the finish line. At the end they had a finishers certificate and a ribbon for all the kids 1 mile finishers. Bananas, water and energy bars galore for all the finishers. I would definitely recommend this race for all the little ones, they did have a 5 miler and a 5K as well. This kids race did cost $15, but this was the best $15 ever spent, it came with a tech shirt in a kids size, a goody bag filled with stuff: a brooks watch, brooks headband, brooks water battle, brooks pins, brooks drawstring backpack and lots of coupons. They did run out at the end, I would recommend to get there a little bit earlier, I would have been bummed if I missed out on that.

I also signed him up for a Valentines day race, however this was located at the Green Lake Park in Seattle and we could not find parking for the life of it and we missed the race :( Super sad, lesson learned though, next time give myself a lot more time if we are doing any more races in Seattle, parking sucks there anyway and then add an event to it, its a 1000 times worse. Oh well, maybe next year.

If you have any suggestions for great kids races in the Seattle area, please comment below!!!!

Keep on running.... with  your kids!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Seattle Marathon and a Half Marathon 2013!

My goal of 13 13.1 milers in 2013 has officially been completed!

It all ended with the Seattle Half Marathon. It was on the very first day of December, the weather promised us lots of cold wind and rain, but we ended up having a beautiful fall day, go figure, huh?

I was super excited about this race, I hadn't had a large race since the Lululemon SeaWheeze one in August, so I was courius to see what the expo was going to be like and to see how different the course was from the Seattle Rock'n'Roll Half.

The expo took place at the Westin hotel in downtown Seattle, I decided to go the day after Thanksgiving, big mistake by the way with black Friday and all. Anyway, I needed to go and it was my day off from work, so might as well. It wasn't nearly as big as the Rock'n'Roll one, but they did have a fair amount of booths there. I ended up buying a 13.1 window sticker for my car and a beautiful pendant that had the state of Washington on it with the word "run" inside and a separate little 13.1 round pendant. I figured what is the best way to celebrate my 13 races than these.

The hardest part for me for this race was how I was going to dress. All the other races have not been rainy or cold and the weather forecast promised cold winds and 100% chance of rain. I brought my rain jacket with me, but once I got downtown the weather looked decent and people weren't wearing anything heavy and I did not want to be carrying around a jacket that I wasn't going to wear.

I have to start from race day morning. If you are thinking of running this race next year, please take my advice and wake up extra early to give yourself tons of time to get downtown and don't take the Seattle Center exit, instead take the next exit down and find a nice empty lot a few blocks away. This was the mistake I made. I thought I had a bunch of time, however I did not anticipate the traffic to be so bad and everybody was taking the same exit that backed up all the way to the Space Needle. It was a nightmare. I thought that I was not going to make it to the starting line. The race started at 7:30AM for the half marathoners, I was so lucky to find a parking space within minutes of the start time. I was running there and I could hear them singing the national anthem as I was sprinting down the street. They once I made it there I couldn't find an entrance to the start line, they had blocked off the whole street, I guess this was a nice warm up, but I literally got into the crowd as I heard the gun go off. Wow, this was even closer than my Tinkerbell Half Marathon and I promised myself I would not do that again.

Like I said earlier, when I looked at the map it looked really similar to the Seattle Rock'n'Roll Half, however when I was finished with it, I realized that it was actually much different. This was my favorite course out of all the Seattle races I ran this year. Mostly flat, lots of city and water views, some paved trail and beautiful Seattle of course.

I felt great during this race, if you have read my previous blog posts, you know that I have not trained for any of my races this year. I did go swimming a lot in between this race and my last and I think it helped with my stamina. I ran thru the whole thing, with some minor stops to take my energy gels and one bathroom break. The water stations were very well stocked and there was support and cheering all throughout the course.

It finished at a high school football field which was kind of cool and the finish line support was great, with lots of snacks and drinks. I just grabbed a banana and some water and went home. I'm not huge on sticking around these things because I'm always by myself and its kind of pointless to be just standing around people watching after 13 miles.

Overall I would definitely recommend this race, I loved it so much that I'm thinking about doing it again next year. They do have a kids marathon as well the day before, I think I'll sign my son up for it and we'll brave it through together.

And so this year ends with at least one of me finishing at least one of my resolutions. Time to starting thinking of next year!

Hope to see you at my next race, this was just the beginning, maybe a marathon next?!?!


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Elf on a Shelf! Its almost time for him to come again!

Wow, only one more week until December 1st! I cannot believe how fast time flies.

I started this tradition last year when my son was 4 years old. I feel like that was the first year when he was really into the whole Christmas spirit and a great age to start with traditions that he can still remember. Our elves name is Cadem and he starts coming on December 1st, I know some people will do it after Thanksgiving, but what I do is I have him bring the advent calendar as a welcome back gift for Chase.

Below are all of our Cadems mischievous doings. I got a lot of ideas from Pinterest, there are some great ones, mostly the same stuff though and also lots from my coworkers and friends.

Feel free to use these, but give credit and please comment below with some ideas that you've done. Its hard to keep coming up with new ideas. Thanks in advance.

December 1, 2012

We were introduced to our Elf on a Shelf, we found him hiding on the top of our Christmas Tree on the very first day of December. Chase decided to name him Cadem because his best friend at the time as called Caden, so he wanted to honor him, but still make it a little bit his own by replacing the "n" with an "m". Welcome Cadem to the Silverman home!

December 2, 2012

Cadem found all the cars that Chase owned and lined them all throughout our living room, must have taken him all night, he got so tired that he fell asleep in the pile of cars at the end of it all!

December 3, 2012

Don't you hate when this happens, you wake up in the morning and go to get yourself a cold cup of milk and this is what you see when you open the fridge door!!! Our mischievous little elf decided that it would be funny to turn our milk green for the day!

December 4, 2012

You've heard of TP'ing somebody's house for fun, right? Well, I guess Cadem took it a step further and decided it was an awesome idea to TP our Christmas Tree, but he was caught red handed on the top!

December 5, 2012

This one got lots of laughs! What's better than drawing funny faces on all of our beautiful pictures!

 December 6, 2012

Looks like our Elf thought that Chase has way too many cars and was going to tow them away, good thing we caught him in act!

December 7, 2012

Elves do know everything, especially that Chase loves Star Wars. He was so kind to set up a battle between the Dark Lord, Darth Vader and himself, he did get some back up from R2-D2, but how much of a help is he really? (Glow sticks really made it cool looking when we woke up in a dark winter morning).

December 8, 2012

I guess the stuffed animals really wanted to hear a story and we were all sleeping, so Cadem (our elf) decided to read them a story instead of waking us up and making us do it. Which I much appreciate!

December 9 2012

I guess Cadem was trying to drive out cookie train out of town, good thing we woke up before he made it out the door!

December 10, 2012

Just "hanging" out!

December 11, 2012

Just another family game night. Paddington Bear, Mater, Monkey and Cadem, BFFs!

December 12, 2012

Cookies and milk are not just for Santa, Cadem found some that were just his size.

December 13, 2012

Always fast to blame other people, that's the kind of an elf we got. Chase denied everything, by the way :)

December 14, 2012

Somebody made themselves comfy in my gravy boat. Who would have thought that little elves like taking bubble baths in gravy boats?!? The bubbles, by the way, are those little things that Squinkies come in (if you have children, you know what I mean, they were just perfect for this).

December 15, 2012

I think after waking up this morning to what you see in the picture, my son really believes that we have the best elf in the whole wide world. To combine some of his favorite things and to come up with an Angry Bird Lego game, was just amazing to him. We actually ended up re-setting this up and playing this game over and over again. Super fun!

December 16, 2012

This day was a shocker! It had been raining underwear all night, I swear! Our whole living room was filled with underwear and look who we found trying some on! Even our Christmas tree got redecorated with underwear, I sure hope they were clean ;)

December 17, 2012

Our little kitty cats were super happy when they woke up to this! All Chase had to say was "Oh Cadem, what have you done now?" Cutest thing I've ever heard.

December 18, 2012

I guess the other toys just got sick of him playing tricks around the house and finally did something about it!

December 19, 2012

Wow, he is a real artist, didn't even follow the rules, Spiderman is supposed to be RED!!!

December 20, 2012

I guess our elf likes videogames as much as our family, like father like elf! Unfortunately this game is rated "M".

December 21, 2012

I think Cadem was ready to go by this time, its hard to come up with new stuff every day for 24 days straight!

December 22, 2012

This is a great day, no matter what year it is. Its my birthday!!!
I guess Cadem wanted his very own Christmas Tree, so this is what he came up with!

December 23, 2012

He snuck into Chases bed for some cuddles!

December 24, 2012

Ahhhhhhh! Christmas Eve is finally here. When I was little this is when we would celebrate and give gifts. I just love this holiday so, so much and hope to bring lots of fun traditions to our little family.

Good bye Cadem, it was very nice to meet you, but now it is time for you to fly back to Santa and tell him we were very good and to bring us lots of presents tomorrow! See you again next year!

Thanks for reading and please leave me comments on what you have done to help me this year. I always struggle the closer to Christmas we get.

Happy Holidays, may it be filled with joy and happiness!
Keili, Mark and Chase