Nike Women’s DC Half Marathon – Recap: Part 1
Woo hoo! I feel on top of the world after the race last weekend!! I didn’t write about my last long run leading up to the race, so here it is…
Since Easter weekend was busy, I knew I wouldn’t want to squeeze 12 miles in before an early Saturday church rehearsal (I played trumpet for two services). I switched my long runs and did 12 miles two weeks out from the race and 8 miles one weekend before the race. Maybe it was because I felt rushed that morning, but I flew through my 8 miles with no walking breaks, up some hills and at almost race pace. I was thrilled! I knew 9:09 was the magic number for my race in order to go just under two hours. (I PR-ed the year before at Nike with a 1:59:56). My goal was to beat that, even just by a bit.
The weekend of the race was my Mom’s Birthday, and my parents drove to DC with us to watch the race. We had Thai takeout Friday night (my new obsession) and had an awesome red velvet cake.
Our baby couldn’t come with us for the race, so she had her first sleepover without us at her babysitter’s house. I was so sad to leave her, but she did a great job (she’s only 5 months old!) and had fun without us.
The family that watched her sent me tons of pictures over the weekend, so I felt better knowing she was okay!
When we left Saturday morning, the goal was to get to the Nike Georgetown store right away. This race is set up a little differently, with an “expo” tent that doesn’t have much there and packet pick up tent. The big Nike store is close and has all the gear. And when I say gear, Nike knows what they’re doing. Sooooo much cute clothing and gear!
They released some of their gear online ahead of time, and I knew I wanted the “Tiffany blue” half zip pullover. I ran into the store and got it right away. I was afraid of items getting sold out, but they had plenty. I also picked up 2 (!) tank tops with the race logos and a white hat. All of the participants names were outside the store again with the “We Run DC” logo.
After the crowded store, we walked down to the pick up tent and expo. Packet pickup was easy and quick. I got my bib, race shirt, pace band (8:00-8:59 I felt like such a big deal LOL) and some extras. The expo was crowded and had a NUUN station along with just a few other sponsors. Not a lot of sponsors for this race since it is Nike and Team in Training. I LOVED the electronic board that showed your name with an inspirational saying. It knew you were in the tent when you walked in because of your bib# that has the tracking chip.
That night we all went out to eat (Colby and I along with my parents, Amy and her husband, daughter and friend). We had a great time relaxing and eating. Amy and I ran the race last year, but her daughter Maddie and friend Livvy were running it for the first time. We were soooooo excited.
When we got back to the hotel, I laid out all my race gear and clothes. I had planned on a Lululemon outfit and bought clothes with a birthday gift card. When I saw they had a Tiffany blue running skirt, I about died. I didn’t go with my usual pink! I had a black tank picked out to wear with it, but wore the one black tank I bought at the Nike store that day because the logo matched perfectly. I loved that Nike had race tank tops because I feel like it’s always t shirts at races. I slept a little bit that night and got up the next morning for the big day!
Part 2 of recap to come soon! :)