April 27, 2014
Unfortunately with my work and moving schedule this is going to be a short review, it’s going to be more of a photo review. But, first let me just announce..
I SET A PR!!!!!
It has taken me 3 years to break 1:50 but I finally did it. I went in with expectations that I would just try my hardest and be positive. My mind is definitely my own worst enemy. I’m not even sure where this fast pace came from to be honest. My fitness level always end up surprising me. Ok, here goes!
Nike does a fantastic job with this race. The expo is the most unique I have ever been to with lots of interactive social media and technology. They had plenty of samples of Nuun which was the race day drink and luna bar had a place where you could print your own signs. The only negative to the expo is getting there. Traffic is horrible.
After the expo make sure to go take selfless at the monuments.
Race morning was very well organized. The metro goes right to the start and is definitely the easier option than taking a cab. I loved that there were plenty of toilets and the corals were easy to get into.
And now we are getting to my main gripe. The pacers… my first thought was these girls are young, maybe they are high school athletes. Turns out they just were college kids who work at the local Nike store. They were totally off on the pace and had no idea what they were doing. Just because you are fast, it doesn’t mean that you know how to keep a pace. We race two sub 8 min miles right off the bat. From then on I ran slightly ahead of them and just kept my own pace. I didn’t even see them finish which leads me to believe they couldn’t keep up the pace they had set at the beginning. I really hope these ladies didn’t ruin anyones race. So glad I ended up doing my own thing. END RANT!
The race its self was so well organized. Wave starts help keep the course not crowded. I did hear that the later corrals were a bit more packed but the front was just fine. It was cool to be so close to the starting line!
Water stops were just about every mile. They had Nuun instead of Poweraide or Gatorade which I’m not a big fan of but at least there were plenty of stops. Port-o-potties were available at nearly every other water stop.
The course its self was pretty flat and very beautiful. I loved running on the tree lined streets. Unfortunately I was more focused on my pace and didn’t take ANY pictures! My friends on the sidelines got a couple though.
It is so hard for me to believe that I actually ran that pace. My legs felt great the whole time. My back was the issue. I guess I need to be working on my core more. As soon as I finished my hip started to ache… only 30 seconds under my goal time. I’m glad I never stopped running for one second.
The finish shoot was awesome! A bag filled with snacks and a reusable water bottle. Last but not least men in suits handed you your very own Tiffany’s necklace!
I missed these signs while I was running past my friends but they did such a good job. They also helped themselves to some liquid carb loading while we ran
The runner exit area can get a bit crowded, plan to meet your family at a corner a block or two away.
Pros: Great girls weekend getaway, high tech expo, Tiffany’s necklace, pretty shirts, flat course, the chocolate mile!, well organized, tons of water and bathroom stops.
Cons: Lottery system and pricey!
Such a great weekend and I’m so happy to have a new PR! Its been three years of me trying to break 1:50!