Short story: 1:32ish and I had so much fun!
Long story: My dad and I headed over to the race around 7am. We went the back way because of potential lane closures, but got super lucky and found a great parking place. A short walk later, we were at the starting area. With 30 minutes to go, we got in the portapotty line and waited. And waited. And waited. When we were down to 5 minutes to the Wave 1 start, we decided we just had to head to the start line, even though my dad was in Wave 2 and I was planning to run with him. We got partway to the line and realized that we both REALLY needed the potty. So, back to the lines we went. Best.decision.ever.
At that point, we found a section where the lines were only 2 deep. We got in quickly and then headed back to the start line, getting there with a couple of minutes to spare before Wave 2 started walking to the start line. I’ve never started in Wave 2 before and was dreading it, but it actually turned out well. I’m usually way at the back of Wave 1 and spend the first mile trying not to trip on anyone. We were only about 10-15 feet back from the start of Wave 2, so we were able to get moving pretty much right from the beginning.
We did a pretty good job of taking it easy for the first five miles. I actually saw the Washington Monument this time! (Yes, in past races, I’ve been too focused on running to notice WHERE I’m running. My goal this year was to see the course.) We walked the first two water stops and at one point ended up in a construction area where we were running on gravel. That was interesting. At mile 8, we picked it up (just as we hit the “hills” AKA bridges). That was exhausting. I kept wanting to slow down, but I kept repeating “suck it up, buttercup” and “leave it all on the course” in my head. Over and over. In the end, we managed negative splits and I was only a minute or so off of my PR and I had a lot more fun than previous years. Win/win!
Mile 1: 9:17
Mile 2: 8:52
Mile 3: 9:27 (water stop)
Mile 4: 8:42
Mile 5: 9:26 (water stop)
Mile 6: 9:05
Mile 7: 9:02 (water stop)
Mile 8: 9:00
Mile 9: 8:42
Mile 10: 8:45
(Garmin says I ran 10.25 miles, so numbers may not add up correctly LOL)
All in all, it was a great race. It’s unlikely that I will run it again, so I was happy I enjoyed it this time.