Another PR in the books!
Two thumbs up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA half marathon. Other than a killer hill at mile 6, this was an awesome race.
The morning started off at early o’clock, when I rolled out of bed and went straight to meet Anne at the metro. Usually I wake up a good hour or so before I leave for a run — but yesterday I sacrificed my routine for an extra hour of sleep (Anthony and I hosted a dinner party the night before the race and got to bed around 12:30 a.m… oops)
Anne got us extra-special access to Brooks’s VIP porta potties. Real doors, running water, complimentary energy chews — what a luxury! Thanks, Anne!I was still half asleep when I made it to the start line (I hadn’t had any coffee and was still recovering from one too many glasses of wine). Still, I was happy to be out and running — the weather was perfect and the race energy was high.And then we were off! I didn’t stop to take any photos during the race because I was gunning it — though I did have to stop once and tie my shoe, which is the worst. Luckily I am pretty fast at the double-knot 😉
I was aiming for 7:25/min miles. After I saw my first mile split, I realized I better pick it up — and then picked it up a bit too much! My pace was sort of all over the place during this race, but I just went with it. Around mile 8 I realized I could really crush my PR, so I started to “empty the tank.” That is crazy talk for “shred every muscle and let your body go numb.”
The Calvert St. hill (mile 6-7) was definitely the toughest part of the course — but after mile 10, it was pretty smooth sailing. I love a good downhill finish.
I also ran into my friend Allison at mile 12, and we crossed the finish line seconds apart! She helped me run the Marine Corps Marathon, too — basically, she’s my race angel.
Official finish time: 1:36:34 (7:22 min/mile average) — about two minutes faster than my previous PR! That felt pretty good.
And also pretty bad, thanks to a late night beforehand (which was totally worth it!).Anthony and I hosted a group of his co-workers over for dinner, a lot of wine, and a rowdy game of Cards Against Humanity.
We kicked off the eve with some maple-bourbon cocktails…The moved on to massive quantities of cheese, olives, and meats that our guests brought over!Since we had a vegetarian in the group, I went for a salad on the heartier side — goat cheese, dried cranberries, roasted squash, red onion, apple, sunflower seeds, and quinoa. I know it’s almost spring, but I guess I was feeling fall flavors?Anthony stuck to his Italian roots and made chicken rollatini and roasted rosemary potatoes. Yum!Another Skinnytaste recipe for the win!
Plus dessert. Homemade whipped cream, strawberries, and some crushed-up chocolate animal crackers I’m not so sure this was the best pre-race meal, but apparently it worked! Looks like I’ll have to load up on wine, cheese, and whipped cream before every run from now on. It’s going to be a difficult task…
Have a great rest of your weekend!
- Did you race this weekend?
- How early do you wake up before a race starts?
- What’s your favorite board/card game?