RNR DC Half Marathon
March 14, 2015
Temp: mid 40s, rainy, and windy (read: awful)
What I wore: hat, short sleeve shirt, arm sleeves, Skirt Sports Happy Girl skirt,
PROCompression socks, my Altra Intuitions AND a space blanket tied around my shoulders.
I went into this race planning to run/walk. I’d just run 18 miles the day before, so I expected (as one would) to have tired, heavy legs. As I waited in the corral with my space blanket from a previous race wrapped tightly around me, someone asked my goal. My answer? “Well, I was just running to finish since I ran long yesterday, but I’m so cold that I’m going to push the pace.”
Turns out that’s exactly what I did. I figured if I couldn’t get warm, I might as well get done. I only walked once: the nasty hill up from Rock Creek Parkway. My mind wasn’t always strong, but I KNEW I could keep going. So I did.
- I really like this course. I love the views at the beginning and the rolling hills at the end.
- I really like the medal this year.
- My legs felt really good for legs that had run 18 miles the previous day.
- The Brooks VIP potty access that a friend gifted me with right before the race. (Warm, dry, well-lit flushing potties are priceless on a cold wet day!)
- The awesome friends I saw at mile 10 that totally gave me a boost.
- The Gu at mile 8 or so. Who knew I’d like strawberry banana gu??
- Meeting up with Cythia from You Signed Up For What?
- The rain.
- The cold. I underestimated how cold it was and totally should have worn another layer. (See: space blanket.)
- The wait in the corrals. Normally I don’t mind as it’s nice to get everyone spread out, but I was pretty well frozen by the time my ridiculously late corral started.
- The Gear Check. This was the first time EVER that I’ve checked a bag. I’m not sure what was up with our UPS truck as most were no lines and super fast, but I waited for more than 20 minutes in the cold and rain to get my bag.
- The metro. This year was the worst ever. We waited outside the station in the cold and rain for a crazy amount of time. I spent that entire time panicking because I needed to pick up Jones by a specific time. (I barely made it – got home at 12:28, grabbed car keys, and picked him up at school by 12:35 in my wet clothes and medal.)
Would I do it again?
Probably. I like the course a lot (you won’t if you are not a fan of rolling hills). It’s well organized. I like the bling. But it seems to always fall on the same weekend as an orchestra event, so it’s never easy for me. Also, I will never deal with the metro again. I’m just going to have to learn to drive in DC.
Disclaimer: I got a Tour Pass from Rock ‘n’ Roll as a Rock’n’Blog member. All opinions are my own.