Nike Women’s Half Marathon
Lifetime half marathon #30
April 27, 2014
Temp: high 40s and windy
What I wore: hat, Swirlgear short sleeve shirt, Skirt Sports Happy Girl skirt,
PROCompression socks, Nike Elite arm sleeves, and my trusty Altra Intuitions
It was a beautiful day. Sunny but not too warm. I should have had a good race (and looking at my time, you might think I did), but this one was rough for me and it was all my own fault. Why? I totally screwed up fueling and hydrating and by mile 8 was dizzy and seeing spots. I really need to remember to take food and drink with me when I have to leave the house an hour and a half before a race. Despite feeling awful for the last five miles, I managed to maintain fairly even splits. Who does that? I just had nothing to give at the end.
- The course was beautiful. The race started facing the Capitol, which was an awesome sight in the morning.
- Packet pickup: This went totally smoothly. I was in and out in less than 10 minutes. Kudos to the organizers for making some changes that truly seemed to make a difference. (Mind you, I was there on Friday, not Saturday, but I haven’t heard any issues from Saturday either.) It was beautiful out, so I walked the 3ish miles home instead of going for a run.
- The weather was perfect! I wore the arm sleeves until about mile 5 because of the wind and then pushed them down to my wrists until about mile 7. Then I yanked them off and shoved them in my pocket. They were a last minute purchase and worked out perfectly for me.
- Plenty of porta potties at the start. I never stood in line for more than a few minutes and I was in the line often (this likely contributed to my hydration issues).
- Organization for this race was top notch.
- Seeing my MRTT ladies at the second water stop. They ALWAYS give me a boost.
- The oreo I got from a random spectator.
- Chocolate milk at the finish line.
- The bag at the end. It was awesome to have someplace to shove things in as they were handed to us, instead of having to juggle everything.
- The metro was running a little weird, but I got there fine.
- As much as I love nuun, I really could have used a liquid with calories once I got dizzy.
- The crowding on the course and the lack of knowledge of running etiquette.
- The women who actually ran so close to me that they kicked my shoes. (This happened multiple times. Seriously, people, I’ve run bigger races with fewer rude runner issues.)
- Seeing spots at mile 8 was not awesome.
- The nausea that was with me from mile 8 until mid-afternoon pretty much sucked too.
Would I run it again?
All in all, my issues with this race were personal. The course was great, the organization was awesome, the weather was perfect. If it were not so expensive, I could see running it every year. Yes, I realize we got Tiffany necklaces. But, as pretty as it is, jewelry is not a big thing for me. I’d rather take that money and run two races that give me medals. If Tiffany is your thing though, this is an awesome race to run!
And because I saw Shalane wearing one, I had to buy another shirt. (OK, really, I just loved the color…)
And to truly make my day complete, we were able to join Jamoosh for dinner at Mad Fox – good food, good beer, and one of my favorite bloggers!
Now go and enter my Lift Your Sole charm giveaway!!!