Week One: The National Half Marathon Relay
March 26 saw Carly and I up before the sun to run the middle section of the National Half Marathon Relay – 5 miles (or so we were told – I think it ended up being approximately 4.6 miles). For this race, we joined a group of fellow bloggers who were looking to form a couple of teams.
We met up with our new friends who turned out to be totally awesome people. For example, Joy, who is very arty, made the teams medal hooks! As you can see here, we’re all pretty jazzed!
The race itself was alright, I think, considering that Carly had a terrible run. The highlight was a toss-up between:
- The Howard University student high-five line of 30 people
- Carly puking in a trash can on North Capitol Street
- Getting to the finish line and seeing the team with medals!
Hard to choose, but the Highlight of the Race is:
Week Two: Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run volunteering
So Carly and I, in our infinite wisdom, decided to skip the CBF 10 mile run lottery in favor of volunteering, which earned us an automatic entry into next year’s CBF 10 mile run. Awesome. Seriously.
Something we forgot, however, was that this might entail being up before the sun to organize bananas. Not so awesome. We volunteered on Saturday at the packet pickup, and I have never seen so many fit people before in my life. Also: hot guys. Also-Also: I will be volunteering for packet pickup next year, too.
The CBF 10 mile run was on Sunday, April 3. Carly and I arrived at the Washington Monument at 6am, and searched and searched for the volunteer tent. It may have been that it was 6am and we hadn’t had coffee yet, or it may have been that the volunteer tent was hidden away.
Our assignment: Organize Bananas. Let’s see if you can tell which pile is Susannah’s and which pile is Carly’s.
I also met a new friend this week – Tiffany. Luckily, she runs my speed, so I look forward to running with her on more Pacer’s Fun Runs.
Week Three: GW Parkway Classic
Point: Per her post, Carly had trouble putting her experience at the GW Parkway Classic into words.
Counterpoint: Here are the words I would assign to this race – early, cold, good run, met goal, slightly terrifying.
This being week three of the Up Before the Sun Tour, 5am felt a lot earlier than it did the past two weeks. A LOT earlier. I also misjudged the weather report, thinking, “Oh hey, the high is going to be nearly 70 degrees!” Of course, the high is NOT at 6:30am. Nope. So, it was a little chillier than I expected waiting for the race to begin. Thank goodness for Pacer’s pre-race goodies: coffee, bagels, bananas and space blankets!
The run itself started out a little too fast (10:35 pace). I tend to do this in races and outside in general, due to what I call the Excited Puppy Syndrome. EPS can hit you hard. But, I felt good. I felt good even as we slowed down a little in miles 2, 3 and 4.
But then, the slightly terrifying part: Carly got a slight pain in her chest. I repeat: A Pain In Her Chest. I was freaked out a little, not going to lie. I kept asking her – “Are you okay? Do you want to stop? Hey, look , medics, let’s talk to them, yeah?” But, by mile 6 she said it was okay, and the pain was gone.
So, we were moving once again! Carly said at one point that we might be able to make our sub 2 hour goal even with the slowdowns and chest pains. That sounded good to me, but since I have yet to figure out how to use my Garmin, Carly is my pacer. I was just following along with her speed. Until I saw the finish line, and that damn clock. I knew from Carly we’d started about 2 minutes after the gun. I didn’t know our start time exactly, so after doing one check to make sure Carly was okay, I took off. I thought to myself, “I need to cross before that clock turns 2:02:00, and I can be sure I’m under 2 hours.”
Goal met: 1:59:17. New PR.