I Rocked the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon!

Last year, after the semi-disappointing 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, I told myself I would finish the next one in under two hours.

And I did!

On Saturday I crossed the finish line at 1:57:01—a full 6 minutes faster than last year. I was so happy and proud of myself that, as I finished, I choked back a couple of tears. I know that sounds really lame and dramatic, but I had wanted to do that for so long now. To some, that’s not fast at all. To some, that’s lightning fast. For me, it was truly awesome.

Funny how running is, though, because now I want to do it even faster next time. I know I can. I ran a 10 miler in 1:24:05, so doing 13.1 in 1:50 is possible. This race is a hard one to train for, so easier said than done. Training takes place January through March when the weather is usually awful. I hate treadmills, and weekend weather is unpredictable, so my training slacks. I think doing Body Pump twice a week for the past couple of months really helped my leg strength a considerable amount, so at least there’s that.


Again, the race was great. The course was new-and-improved, and included a MASSIVE hill up Calvert Street into Adam’s Morgan that proved to be the most difficult stretch all morning. I rocked it, though! Didn’t walk one step, even though I was tempted to. The rain held off, and was actually warm and sunny towards the end. (Meteorologists have the easiest job.) My playlist was fucking awesome. (Thank you Rachael for the recommendations!) The crowd. DC people—thank you. The support along the course was so much better this year than it was last, and it helps. I take every free high five I’m offered. 

Me, Ashley & Kristie (my sister) before the race


Spirit fingers at the finish!


First place! (Kidding, obvs. Also awful picture but whatever.)


So, that’s that. It was a great day. Not sure when the next one will be.

[P.S. I still update my race results post, if anyone’s interested.]


My love it is your birthday. Your 30th birthday to be exact. So I thought, what better way to celebrate 30 than to relive some highlights of your twenties.

  1. Any bday celebration where we got too drizzy, wore costumes and tiaras, and had extreme dance parties
  2. Yamamotos + 1
  3. Your amazing wedding 
  4. Dance parties at concerts
  5. PBR… bad decisions
  6. Laughing so hard we can’t stand
  7. NYC, New Orleans, Bethany, Richmond, Charlottesville
  8. Your running - hell you finished a marathon in 2012!!!
  9. Tattoos - birds of a feather
  10. Pop music
  11. Hipster music
  12. Rap music
  13. MUSIC
  14. You are still the prettiest Justin Beiber I know
  15. Adopting Scout, don’t worry BH- I was only the stand-in spouse
  16. Making friends on the Internet - you are internet famous
  17. Day-Drinking
  18. Dewey Devils
  19. Neon’s triumphant return
  20. All the other great times, good friends, and amazing memories that were made in your twenties

Your twenties were pretty spectacular. I say we make our thirties even better. Welcome to the club lady, I have been saving you a seat right next to me.


Don’t be super bummed about The Neighbourhood! They were good! The singer sings just like you hoped he would. If he’d just learn how to talk in between songs and not sound like such a womanizing, I’m-God’s-gift-to-women, look-how-good-I-look when-I-take-off-my-leather-jacket-I’m-wearing-in-90-degree-heat, oh-look-I’m-also-wearing-a-Neighbourhood-beanie-just-barely-on-my-head-in-90-degree-heat-to-look-extra-cool scumbag…(or just stay quiet?) they’d be worth the price of admission! But not worth more than $15 at this point in their career. /rant

Youngblood Hawke—don’t let my tiny review of them be the be all/end all. They just tried super hard and sometimes (like someone of the opposite sex) that’s just not appealing.

I appreciate the props. Everyone else? Go follow miss rae if you aren’t already—she’s got great taste in music and posts plenty of her faves!