Race Recap: Rock N Roll Half Marathon Washington, DC 2018

I did it! Here’s a recap of my first Rock N Roll race, and my first half marathon post-injury…

I flew down this past Friday for the Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon. Registration was super easy, and despite the crowd of people, there wasn’t a line to pick up my bib. (Although, I was a bit annoyed that there was no mailing option for the bibs).

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The Expo itself was neat, and the cash registers for race gear moved pretty quickly. There were booths to help us figure out transportation issues on race day, which was helpful. Being a St. Jude Hero for this race, I also visited the St. Jude booth. But, despite being exhausted, with all of the cool vendors, it did what it was supposed to do — it got me hyped for the race the next day. I spent the rest of the day resting up for the race and “carb-loading” (as if I needed an excuse to eat carbs!).

On race day, I had a cinnamon-raisin bagel with cream cheese, a green tea and tons of water with Nuun in it. So, of course, by the time I got to the race I needed to find the port-o-potty lines, which were amazingly long!

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Then, we were off! Since my training lagged a bit during the winter months, I decided to run-walk this race. I used Runkeeper to set up a workout where it prompted me to run 0.5 mile then walk 0.5 mile, repeated 13 times, with a cool down for the last 0.1 mile. It worked well! I was able to play my own playlist on Amazon Music, but the Runkeeper prompts interrupted with updates when it was time to switch, and again at 30-minute intervals.

Miles 1-5 felt great, but around mile 6, there was a really steep hill, aka the Blue Mile, that was decorated with photos of military service men and women who lost their lives while serving. Near the middle of the mile, just as it got pretty steep, there were people holding flags cheering us on to push through. I must admit, I walked a little longer than 0.5 mile after that hill, but I didn’t fall too far behind.

Around Mile 9 or 10, I met a woman who was running her first half marathon. We began chatting and pushed each other through to the end. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the 20K sign (“That’s 0.7 more miles to go!”). I felt so good when we ran across the finish line, high-fived and hugged. I MADE IT!

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My longtime friend Rashonda came and met me near the finish line. Of course, we went to eat afterwards and I replenished my carbs burned with a nice Apple Tartini and a glass of wine!

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I got super stiff after the race, but it only lasted for 2 days this time… better than after the 10K... and a 2-hour massage on Monday took the last of the soreness away. Next up: Rutgers Half!

Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago: Race Recap

I did it! My first 5k in years and my fastest 5k since the fracture/injury.

I couldn’t make to the Expo, so I had my packet mailed to me ahead of time (I actually heard the Expo was smaller this year compared to years prior). So, I still got to lay out my #FlatJane the night before, complete with my bib:

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On race day, finding the corrals was a bit confusing. But, the race itself ran smoothly. The announcer said there were 45,000 runners between the 15k and the 5K!  (I did the 5K). LOTS of runners, a bit crowded… Definitely chilly!

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It was below 40 degrees this morning in Chicago, and my poor Garmin watch literally froze. So I just ran not knowing time, pace or distance. I felt good though. No pain.

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I started out feeling great until at least the half-way point. When I started feeling a bit winded, I slowed down a little. There were some walkers in wave 1 that you had to weave around, but it was manageable. That small incline just before the last 1/4 mile of the race was a struggle, but not too bad.

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Post-race, the band was fun. I thought the lines to get our hot chocolate would be mayhem with so many runners, but it was organized by line number and I had no wait! And even though I’m not a big chocolate fan, the finisher’s mugs were yummy!

I would definitely recommend this race.

Week 8 Recap

Monday

I did this week’s long run on Monday as a solo morning run: 4 miles straight without walking (my longest distance during this training so far!), complete with 2 inclines on each of the 3 laps. My “bad” foot did go numb from mile 2.7 to 3.9 then the tingling just disappeared. Weird. Still feeling proud of myself for getting to mile 4. The weather was nice and cool, which helped.

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Tuesday & Wednesday –  Rest days. Mostly because I worked back-to-back 13-hour shifts.

Thursday

A quick 2-mile run at home on the dreadmill while watching Grey’s Anatomy, after my 3 back-to-back 13-hr shifts. Another run was scheduled at 8am the next morning, plus my foot went numb, so I didn’t wanna overdo it.

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Friday

Sluggish morning run. I was so beat, but we did it! My foot also went numb again for the last mile which is getting annoying. But hey, it’s another 3 miles in the bank. Not stressing over one tough run.

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Then, later that day, I headed to the airport for my trip to the Bay Area.

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Saturday & Sunday

Having a ball so far in California… lots of good eats. Saturday was Sam’s Chowder House (beautiful views of Half Moon Bay) and today, we went to Brenda’s French soul food restaurant. I skipped my hills workout today after we walked nearly 4 miles up and down San Francisco’s hills (my Garmin says it was the equivalent of climbing 28 flights of stairs). I’ll make it up tomorrow (Monday).

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Dessert at Sam’s Chowder House

Week 6 & Week 7 recaps

Week 6 Recap

After the 5k run on Wednesday, the 20th (see the post here), I finished off the week with two additional runs.

Thursday

I had a nice afternoon solo run. I was scheduled for 2.75 miles, but I took a pee break after the first 4 minutes and my Garmin can’t pause. So, it’s broken into 2 entries! I kept an average pace of sub-12, complete with a few inclines… and I didn’t feel like I was gonna die! #Progress Maybe I took today’s shirt literally. 🙂

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Friday

A short Happy Friday run with a running girlfriend: 2 miles. I’m getting faster!

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Week 7 Recap

At the beginning of week 7, I took a brief hiatus to recharge and vacation in Atlanta. So, I only got 2 runs in before the end of the week.

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Monday-Thursday (Atlanta)

I also took a break from low-carb on my getaway, and enjoyed some good eats! In particular, some great seafood gumbo at Pappdeaux’s and the best strawberry cheesecake at Sage Woodfire Tavern!

 

Friday

My first full day back in NJ, we did a slow and easy 5K distance, catching up on life.

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Saturday

After a lot of self pep talking this morning, I got out on the track for 5 miles of speed work with run-walk intervals. My overall pace was faster than my normal running time (including walk breaks), which shows me that I could probably be running faster.

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