Nike Women’s Half Re-Cap

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I haven’t exactly figured out what to say about the Nike Women’s Half yesterday, but I figured I should just start writing.   I am still so full of emotion from running the race, PRing like crazy and feeling grateful for all the amazing support from my friends and family on the course yesterday!

A friend of mine from high school came to town to the run the race, it was her first half.  We went to the start together – we were in the same pace group, but as soon as we crossed the start line, I sort of just took off.   I had to weave through a lot of people through the 9th street tunnel and was worried about keeping a good pace the first mile.  I lost satellite reception in the tunnel and didn’t fully trust my garmin was correct at the first mile – it clocked me somewhere in the low 8’s and then I immediately was concerned I was going too fast.

I saw Stephanie right around mile 2 and she made me smile a ton!  As she mentioned, I think I kept that smile on my face the entire rest of the race.

I saw Justin for the first time right before mile 4 and “cried” to him, I think I’m going too fast!

this picture is awful, but captures my concern

this picture is awful, but captures my concern

After I proclaimed my worry, I decided to just get over it.  I saw the 2 hour pace group right ahead of me and stayed with them for a while.  I knew that I started behind them so I should have been running a faster pace at that point,  but I decided to stay steady with them for the middle miles through Hains Point and then move ahead in the last 5k.

I felt really strong all through Hains Point – at about Mile 8, I really felt like I was going to be able to hit under 2 hours.  I started to taste the glory at that point and got a bit teary eyed.  I snapped out of it and reminded myself I still had 5 miles left!!

Right before mile 10, I saw Justin and Stephanie together.  There was amazing crowd support there too and I was feeling really good!!  I shouted out to Justin that my time was 1:27.  That was significant to me because we had done the Cherry Blossom race in 1:30 and I knew that if I could match that, I could easily go under 2 hours.   I found out later he did not hear what I said at all, but he acknowledged it well at least!

We went back through the 9th Street tunnel and Justin ended up along side me on his bike – it was a lovely surprise to see him there.  I saw another friend when I got out of the tunnel and then saw my sister, bro-in-law, nephew and niece!   I was still feeling really great at that point.  When we turned the corner to run towards the Capitol, the sun was in my eyes and I could tell my legs were feeling a bit tired.  This part of the race is super familiar to me, I’ve done several turkey trots, so I was just concentrating on keeping up what I had been doing all race.

Finally the finish line was in my sights. I saw Justin and Stephanie and then my sister and fam again and tried to sprint to the end.  When the clock was finally in view, I saw it said 1:57, I was cruising and finally knew I did what I came here to do!

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I thought my goal of going under 2 hours (1:59:59) was ambitious, but I ended up crushing it with a 1:55:01!

I crossed the finish line and was on the red carpet on my way to get my necklace I was exhausted, crying and smiling at the same time. I was looking around for Justin hoping to see him right there to just give him a big celebration hug!

My amazing support crew – thank you all!!!

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I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of the first  Nike Women’s Half in Washington D.C.  I loved this course, the weather was amazing and appreciate all the volunteers along the way who made it all possible.  I hope to do this race again next year!

Oh, and I have this really fun Tiffany necklace to remember it by!

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my friend Angelica - her first half marathon!

my friend Angelica – her first half marathon!

Addy

 

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LOVED your recap! Congrats again on that amazing PR!!! Whats the next race!??

THANKS!! I am doing a trail half marathon in June – so we’ll see how that goes. Nothing else on the books yet. how about you?!


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