Well I did it, actually we all did it! Way to go Marissa, Emily, and Marianne!! Sadly I forgot to bring my camera to the race so there aren't any pics from race day but I do have pics of the goods from the race as proof that I actually ran it. Here is the rundown of the race:
It was a cold start to the race and gloves were a must but the sun came up which was nice. Luckily my adrenaline was pumping so I definitely didn't feel as cold as I usually do with only a few light layers on. We started in corral 8 of 10 so we could all start together (and get to pass people which is always a plus) so I don't think we actually crossed the start line until 7:15. The first 5 miles were great and we were cruising along the flat streets of DC, passing the capital, white house, washington monument, etc. Even the cherry blossoms were in bloom.
We hit a couple decent hills between miles 5 and 7 but training here with all the hills made them seem like no big deal. Around mile 8 I separated from everyone which was kind of annoying because I didn't have anyone to ask what mile we were at and the race didn't have many mile marker signs. Maybe that is a sign I need to invest in a Garmin watch! Everything was going well until mile 11. That's when I started to hit a wall. My legs were feeling sore and heavy, my feet hurt, and I was running out of gas.
The finish line was chaotic and I only managed to get my space blanket while in the chute. I double backed around and finally got a hold of some bling!
They did have nice t-shirts which I appreciate. Plus the swag bags had some funny things including the following:
It's kind of crazy to think that I can run long distance after spending years as a sprinter. My last shout out goes to Hefty for providing inspiration. While I was running I kept thinking how I had to beat her time from the half she ran last weekend. Heft thanks for calling to see how it went and congrats on your award- you really are a hero and an inspiration to many including me. Miss you but we will have to plan a run together this summer.