Well, Ive got to get this race report
started finished before my next race. Just a few days after my birthday, I ran in the Potomac River Trail Half Marathon out in Carderock, MD, not too far from my parents. I had my birthday weekend back home, and while there was no crazy party, it was nice to spend time with my family & friends.
We planned for a half marathon event that was supposed to be my goal race for hitting 2:00 in the half marathon. Well, at least before I learned that trail races are sometimes harder to be fast at. And my sister and her boyfriend decided to run it… as their first half marathon! Yay Jaimie! And then my BFF from college, Monica, and her hubs joined in on the fun too! That was a great surprise as I didn’t realize that until about 2 weeks ago!
The night before was a nice birthday dinner celebration with homemade mushroom lasagna, good friends, and what was maybe a little too much red wine. Oops.
The morning was crisp, but not colder than anything we’ve had in Chicago (thus far).
We appreciated the race day packet pickup, which allowed us to not have to trek around the DC area on Saturday. We got to the race site around 7:40 on Sunday morning, and promptly got in line (about 10 people) for our packets. It was low key and we got to see what the trail runners looked like. There was an 8 AM early start option, so some of whom we were seeing were those people who were planning to run the trail marathon in 6+ hours. There aren’t as many aid stops as in a city road race, so they’re packing food & water for the haul (although some may have had more than necessary… there were aid stops, just more like every 2 miles rather than every mile!).
Mike & I got our packets and then found a picnic table to chill at and wait to meet up with my parents (who came with us) and also my sister, her boyfriend, and my friend Monica & hubby Paul. Going through the packets was interesting, and we were a bit surprised at the level of design on the race shirt. Yes, that is a portrait of someone on the race shirt (lower right in the shirt).
We found Monica & Paul just before the start, and it was great for everyone to say hello before the race headed out! Here’s a quick summary of the race:
Miles 1-5: 10:17, 9:57, 9:49, 10:19, 10:01 - catching up with Monica, gabbing away
Mile 6-10: 9:38, 9:43, 9:47, 9:34, 9:50 - fuel & get going. Monica & I are still together and pushing each other.
Mile 11-12: 10:07, 10:16 - separating from Monica. Where are you? My visions of us finishing together were slipping away.
Mile 13 to finish: 9:45, 0.1 in 7:44 pace – suck it up buttercup. I just kept repeating that.
I was pretty out of breath following the finish. I got my medal, and watched as Monica came cruising in just a minute behind me! We grabbed waters, took some photos and headed out since we had brunch reservations at Zengo, a Latin/Asian fusion restaurant in Chinatown DC. That was a great place, and the bottomless Sunday brunch was a great idea for post-race refueling. (Also glad we finished with enough time to shower & change before the brunch!)
FINAL TIME: 2:09:20
AVERAGE PACE: 9:56 (Garmin pace off of 13.04 mi)
NEXT RACE: Schaumburg Turkey Trot, 11.30.2013