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Offline diablita

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Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« on: March 11, 2019, 08:14:20 PM »
I wasn't supposed to run a half marathon this Saturday.  My youngest sister recently decided to get married on the day our middle sister was running this half.  DD and I were going to run the 5K and then cheer on sister #2 but she hurt her foot and it wasn't going to be a big deal race anymore.  She decided she didn't want cowbell and DD decided she didn't want to run.  So I switched to the half.

I've been training for a short, hilly relay with friends and 13 was prescribed for the weekend so it was perfect.  I decided to aim for a negative split race and try to close better at the end.  In my last race I ran out of steam a half mile before the finish.  My sister and I lined up with the 2:00 pacer and I figured I'd stick with them for a bit and see how I felt, then speed up later if I could.

I've been a member of Oiselle's volee for ~3 years and I was wearing a team singlet (over a long sleeve shirt).  Another volee member ran up next to me around the start of mile 2 and introduced herself.  We ran together for the next few miles.  She had run (and paced) this race a number of times and gave me an idea of the topography.  I enjoyed the conversation and the miles clicked by.  And most importantly they didn't click by faster than either of us wanted: she had a more important race in a few weeks and I was happy to run 9's.  I didn't need all of the water stops though, so lost her right around mile 6 and just a little before the one bigish hill.

The hill was right around halfway and I passed dozens more people on the way up by holding a good pace and then charging the top of the hill.  Once I was at the top I took inventory, knew I felt good and picked up the pace a little.  I passed all kinds of bands, an offer of donuts (nope), the mile 9 Guiness stop and lots of cute kids.  It all kept me going.  Now I was running 8:30, 8:15, 8:10.  With 5k to go it started to feel a little tougher to hold the pace but I did my best.  Kicked it in to finish the last mile in exactly 8 minutes and finish the race in 1:54:39.  Pretty good for a training run and I felt fine the next day.

The rest of the day was a whirlwind of wedding prep, events and a late bedtime so it was pretty nice to start off the day in such an enjoyable way.  I kind of want to go back next year and run this race again.  I really liked it.
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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 09:07:10 PM »
Sounds like a good run, with negative splits and a fast finish. Congrats!
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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2019, 10:03:02 PM »
Nice busy day. You must of slept well after.

Ran the D.C. full last year.  Liked the course.  Almost totally different than the Marine Corp Marathon route. 
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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 05:27:03 AM »
It was so very different.  I liked MCM too but I don't know that I want to run a race that big ever again.
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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2019, 08:09:03 AM »
Great job!

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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2019, 08:20:15 AM »
Whoohoo!!!

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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2019, 08:21:05 AM »
Nice strong training run!
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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2019, 12:22:45 PM »
Sounds perfect!

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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2019, 04:42:19 PM »
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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2019, 08:00:26 PM »
Great job, Dev!
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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2019, 11:28:11 AM »
Excellent race considering it was not a goal race, just a “workout “. Nicely done.
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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2019, 11:30:25 AM »
Very nice "training run."  :D

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Re: Rock n Roll Half Marathon DC
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2019, 01:49:34 PM »
Thanks everyone
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