Saturday, March 21, 2009

National Capital (Half) Marathon.

What a nice morning for a run! I completed the race (13.1 miles!! This is actually the longest run that I have ever completed in a race. As part of Operation Run Fatboy Run this is the first of series that I am running (next weekend is MCM Run to Register 10K, so that I get my spot in the MCM next fall) in just a shade over 2:20(so basically around a 11 minute mile).

The good:
  • Pretty course. I can't think of the last time I have been through some of these neighborhoods and it was a really great way to see DC
  • Overall a fairly level course
  • Good crowds. I liked the one neighborhood where people had beer available to the runners (I did not partake. I had been contemplating having beer at the end, but my body disagreed).
The bad:
  • Wow, DC roads are in bad shape. There really is no point where you are not looking at the ground making sure that you have good footing
  • Running out of cups. Really people.... this is race management 101. Having people take water/poweraide from gallon jugs was just plain awkward.
  • Not training enough. I was destroyed after the run. Like by the time I made it to the Metro with CupcakeGirl? I was warming my hand in her hands. For those of you that know me, that is unheard of. By the time I made it back to Courthouse? Teeth chattering, slight nausea.... I am only feeling human now, some 5 hours after the race.

yes, I am a fashion disaster when I run....


giovanni da procida said...
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Kristin said...

Congrats on making it through the race, even if you were a bit tattered by the time you finished. You did finish, and that's awesome.

rachaelgking said...

Agreed with Kristin- crossing that finish line is the only thing that matters :-)


John said...

I don't like the sentence "This is actually the longest run that I have ever completed in a race." That's not actually true is it? I know what you mean, but that sentence confused me.