2013 Nike Women Half Marathon DC….The Race!

So………I was looking forward to this race. I promise I was! Then why did I only do a few short runs?

Honestly, boot camp and life just completely took over my life. The weather has been sucky here, and I had a million and one excuses each day.  After this race, I vowed to never sign up for a race again without swearing to myself to stick to a training plan. I just am not sure what I am trying to prove by running a race without fully being trained? So, to the cyber world, I am declaring if I ever fall back on a training plan, I WILL not race. It is not fair to my fellow runners, or to my body!

Anyways, start time was at 7am. It was right next to a metro station, so it was perfect! I arrived at 6:15am and found a tree to use to stretch.

And then this happened:

I got pooped on.

I got pooped on.

Thank goodness it was chilly and I had a throw away sweater on. I just laughed at myself and tried not to even think about it. I saw Tori about 3 minutes later, and was in such a daze she probably thought I was crazy:) BTW, she looks way too cute when she is about to run a half marathon!

I got in my corral, did some of the group stretching, and before we knew it we were on the red carpet and about to start!

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The start line!

The start line!

And we were off. I thought I was doing pretty well for the first 5 miles. And then at Mile 6, something happened.

I was in terrible pain, and decided to lay on the ground. I was able to massage my knee, when some random guy saw I was crying and decided to help massage my knee. He was definitely an angel! He gave me a pep talk and told me, the worst was over, now the courses is just beautiful and a great tour of the city. I didn’t catch his name, but am thankful!

I got back up and did a skip almost for 1/4 of a mile. I finally was able to focus on each step, and not worry about the knee as much.

Here are some pictures of moments from the course:

Only Cherry Blossom tree on the course:(

Only Cherry Blossom tree on the course:(

Passed Lincoln at mile 8:)

Passed Lincoln at mile 8:)

On the course, I think close to mile 12?

On the course, I think close to mile 12?

About .2 from the finish.....these signs were great!

About .2 from the finish…..these signs were great!

NWM Half Marathon DC Finisher! Give me that box!

NWM Half Marathon DC Finisher! Give me that box!

So HAPPY my sister in law could be there to watch her first half marathon!

So HAPPY my sister in law could be there to watch her first half marathon!

The BLING

The BLING

Cherry Blossoms!

Cherry Blossoms!

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So even though I got pooped on, my watch wouldn’t turn on, it was a little crowded in the tunnels, I had terrible shooting pain in my knee…..I would do it all over again. The volunteers were great and the course was beautiful! AND I just love cherry blossoms:) They were the centerpieces at my wedding.

My next half marathon will be Rock n’ Roll Savannah. I am shooting for a 2:30 time. Since I am making it public, clearly that means I will be held to this!! Running with a group of friends, and I am clearly the slowest, so I need to step up!

PS: I wrote this blog last night, but something happened to the last half of it when I went to publish it. Thanks to everyone who cared! I didn’t realize so many people read it:)

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2 thoughts on “2013 Nike Women Half Marathon DC….The Race!

  1. Way to tough it out! We ALL occasionally get to the start line feeling that way, but I’m so glad you were still able to find the beauty in the course. Congrats on another half marathon!!

    P.S. Thanks for the shout out. I’m so glad I ran into you! I definitely didn’t think you were crazy 😉

  2. This race is so on my bucket list. I’m happy despite the bumps that you still had fun! I seriously lol’ed when i saw the picture of the poop… haha!

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