So way back on April 27th I ran the Nike DC Half. I went into the lottery as a team (there were actually 2 teams) with a bunch of chicks I didn't really know (minus my 2 running buds) and hoped for the best. I wasn't really properly trained to do anything more than just run, I was sad and sort of meh. The good news is that as soon as I took a little nap on the 'ol Amtrak I snapped right out of it! The sadness over the boy lifted, I bonded with the gals, and had a blast! It's amazing what a little sleep can do!
|On the Amtrak|
As far as the race goes, I did better than expected: 2:12:15 - not too shabby! I was really pleased with my mile splits which were all even for the most part. I have had some major fluctuations in past races and was so happy to see that each mile was basically even. I was able to kick it up for the last mile which made me happy.
So would I race this again? Only if we got in as a team. $175 is a lot, and I could care less about the Tiffany's necklace! The course while nice, was a little boring. I was expecting to see the monuments and I think we only ran past the White House and the back of the Lincoln Memorial. I would also plan to stay over 2 nights next time so I could get more sights in. You just have too much to do the day before a race to really do anything else. Nike did a nice job, I never felt too crowded on the course, but I was also in the 2nd corral, those in the back had a much different experience. The expotique was a little cheesy, but that was to be expected. Major props to the staff and volunteers. I was also pleased to see a bunch of men on the course (I know, I know...). They were fun to run with and seemed to enjoy the all women's theme!
We also managed to make pyramids to happen. We tend to do that a lot, doesn't everyone??