After last years Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I briefly considered adding a Half-marathon to my runing goal list… but then pushed it to the bakc of my mind…. due to the arrival of Summer! (aka… where I watch baseball, not run in crazy humid weather).
As Summer turned into Fall, and the Nats fell out of the postseason play, and the NHL was locked out… I came across the Rock N Roll Marathon in DC slated for March 16. The info stated that you had to complete the Half in 4 hours…. and since I completed the 10 Miler in 2 hours 16 minutes I figured that even if disaster struck and I had to walk, I would be able to finish….. so I signed up.
Training overall went much better than the 10 Miler… and I was able to get most of my long weekend traing runs completed while watching old movies… on VHS…. hahaha.
So the big day arrived 11 days ago…. and after some freaking out about how to dress for the weather I was ready to go.
The worst part… waiting to start…. but at last I was off………. things started off well… until right after the Mile 6 marker… where there was a hill that went straight up. Yikes. Had to walk it. Then it was Mile 9.. Mile 10… Mile 11… and there goes my knee acting up… tried walking… it almost hurt more… back to running….so for the last 2 miles I did an odd walk-run combo… but I finished! 3 hours 7 minutes — Not great… but not last.
Then my phone died. Somehow made it to metro… and home…..and stayed on the couch for the rest of the day.
So what’s next? Full marathon? I don’t think so. I don’t think my knee could handle it. And those training runs would be a nightmare…..So I will stick to 5 milers and 8/10Ks for the near future. (Though another 10 Miler or Half… could be on the itinerary).
Major Thanks to:
Robin and Alyssa — for signing up for the FBI/Police 5k in Baltimore all those years ago — who new it would turn into this?? Certainly not me!
Sherry – Your Nike updates (especially near the last month) kicked my butt into gear on saturday mornings to put my running shoes on and get it done.
Megan – Thanks for driving us to the start area when Metro decided to be a butt.
Keanu Reeves – Watched Speed and Point Break during 2 of my long runs…. your acting is much improved!
Carolina Hurricanes – Thank you for picking up Semin and motivating me to get some of my weeknight runs done before 7pm!
Pearl Jam — Of course. Live PJ always picks me up
Gatorade Energy Chews — Thanks for not being gross …. and helping me to not almost pass out around Mile 8/9.
Finally — Anyone and everyone who encouraged me via Twitter and Facebook… it really does help.