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.]