The only good thing about having a crazy hellacious morning before the race is that you don’t have time to think about what you’re about to do…
Before Amanda and I knew it, we were off!
The first 5 miles of the race were pretty great. There were a ton of spectators, bands, and puppies (YAY!) and the excitement was high. Amanda and I both felt good and we were pumped to be smack dab in the middle of D.C. on such a beautiful day.
I really don’t remember the next 4 miles. All I remember is multiple small (but annoying) hills and running by the beginning of many St. Patty’s day parties! JEAL!!!
This is when shit got real. Up until this point I had only been looking at my Garmin to check if our pace was on track. When I looked at my watch and saw it said we had gone 10.05 miles, I thought to myself, “Have we seen the 10 mile marker yet?” Well, we hadn’t. Turns out my watch was about a quarter of a mile off from our actual distance. Talk about effing with your head.
At this point I was still pretty disheartened from my watch being off. My legs were starting to throb and my body felt extremely heavy. I told Amanda, “I’m hurtin.” She concurred. It felt good to know I wasn’t holding her back (even if she was lying). I also saw a sign during this mile that said: “REMEMBER WHAT YOU ARE RUNNING FOR.” I immediately thought about my mom and was automatically motivated again.
When my watch hit 12 miles we still hadn’t seen the 12 mile marker. We ran by a policeman who was yelling “Mile 12! Mile 12!” and Amanda asked, “Is this the mile marker?” to which he replied, “yes!” We were elated! Until about a minute and half later when we saw the real mile marker. STOP EFFING WITH MY HEAD HALF MARATHON!
I started to feel a bit better here knowing we only had .1 miles to go. Especially since this is where the Half Marathoners split with the Full Marathoners and I thanked the sweet Lord above that I did NOT have to run another 13.1 miles AGAIN.
YAYYY! Amanda and I walked to get our medal and some goodies and sat on the sidewalk for about 5 minutes without speaking. The race was hard but the sense of accomplishment after was all well worth it.
Overall I highly suggest this race, especially if you’re from out of town & have never had a chance to see D.C.! We ran by the Capital, the Whitehouse, the Washington Monument and right around Dupont Circle. Very cool way to site see.
After the race, Bates and I wanted nothing to do with the metro after our experience that morning, so we decided to start walking to see if we could catch a cab…
and we walked…
and we met a corgi named Davey
and saw the Capital…
and the Library of Congress..
and never found a cab. BUUUUTT after 2 miles (yes, 2 miles!) of walking we did find another metro stop! I honestly didn’t mind the walk. It was a GORGEOUS day and I think that the cool down was needed to keep away the soreness. Plus I’ve never seen D.C. like that before so I loved it.
Once we got back to Amanda’s we indulged in some post-race food…
a shower and a nap…
recycled “nap” pic…but this is how I felt
When we woke up, we were joined by some amazing friends! Then, we switched from race mode to St. Patty’s day mode and rage we did:
What’d you do to celebrate St. Patty’s Day?
What’s the next big race you’re signed up for?