Hi! I did it!!! 🙂
I’m so happy and the race went so well. The biggest issue is that I only ended up getting 2 hours of sleep last night because my body decided last night would be the best night to have a coughing attack ALL NIGHT. Ugh. It was a nightmare, but I woke up after those 2 hours feeling pretty excited about the race, despite the fact that I only got a few hours. I set out all my race gear last night so this morning would be a breeze:
My sneakers with my D-Tag, my bib number, running capris, shirt, and sports bra, my garmin, socks, my knee strap, sports beans for the run, and the body glide. I set my alarm for 6am and woke up fairly easily despite the circumstances. I put together my go-to pre-run fuel:
A toasted bagel thin with almond butter, a few sliced strawberries, and a sliced kiwi. The fruit varies, but I love to have a bagel thin or arnold thin with some kind of nut butter. Yum. After that, my parents met me and we took the metro to the race site. The metro got more and more crowded as we got closer, and then once we got to the Smithsonian stop the whole platform was full of people. I tried to snap a picture but it was too dark. Luckily the race was only a short walk from the stop, so we headed over to the staging area. I’ve never run in such a big race before, so this was my first time with running corals. All the other races I’ve run just had everyone line up as they wished, but I really liked the corals. Here I am in mine:
I was in the Green Wave, which was the 10 minute mile pace. Though I had my Garmin so I could tell how fast I was going, it was nice to be around runners in the same pace range because in all the other races I had no idea how fast people around me were going. I found it was easier to pace myself this way. The race itself was along a gorgeous 10 mile route all around the city. We went over several bridges and it was a really scenic and nice view. If you’re interested, you can see the exact course here. And the day was seriously the best weather you could ask for. It was around 55-60 degrees, sunny, and just perfect running weather. I stopped twice during the race – once to tie my shoe, and once to use the porta potty around Mile 8. I also stopped at 4 of the water stations and had water at the first two, and gatorade at the second two. I ate 2/3 of this bag of sports beans during the run:
Overall, I felt really good during the run, though I was pretty happy when I was getting close to the end. The only thing that was a little negative was just that there were SO many people running (15,000 in total!) that there were many times when I wanted to be going faster and I couldn’t because there were just so many people. In other races I’ve run, it has been that way for the first 1-2 miles but then it spreads out, but I felt like it was really crowded all the way to the finish line. I don’t have my official chip time yet, but with the two stops my Garmin said around 1hour41 minutes. I’m pretty happy with that, which is just around a 10 minute pace.
Once I crossed the finish line, I ran into my mom and she gave me a banana which I inhaled quickly. There was muffins and bananas at the end but it was really hard to get to them, but I did grab a few of the bottles of water, which were commemorative for the race:
I love stuff like that. I guess that kind of makes up for the lack of any swag in our “Goodie Bags” (what the official race email called them!).
And then, my best friends surprised me at the finish line!! I was so excited and couldn’t believe they came out so early to support me. It meant the world to me. 🙂
That’s Jess, Me, Lianne, and Leah. Leah is visiting from NYC but went to college with us, too. She’s been here this weekend but I haven’t gotten to see that much of her since my parents were visiting, so it was so nice to get to see her today. I was so surprised and so happy they came out.
And of course, my parents have been there with me since 6:30am this morning taking the metro in. It was so nice that they came and I had someone to ride to the race with since I wasn’t running it with anyone. It was also pretty great that I could give them my bag to hold with my keys and phone and camera… and having someone to take some pics of me wasn’t so bad either. (Thanks Dad!)
After we visited with my friends for a bit, we took the metro home and I made a huge Green Monster.
This one had:
- 1 cup skim milk
- 2/3 frozen banana (that’s all there was!)
- 5 frozen strawberries
- 1 packet Amazing Grass
- 2 handfuls of spinach
I’m now icing my knee and about to jump in the shower and go to a farewell brunch with my parents before they get on the road home.
I’m so excited that I did it!!! Ahh!!