2013 was meant to be a year where I wasn’t intending to participate in any races and to take a break from running. But when the opportunity came about for me to run in the inaugural Nike Women’s Half-Marathon race in Washington D.C, I had to take it up.
I had a month to train for it and frankly speaking, though not ideal, a month to train for a half (since I’ve done a couple before) was doable. The reality was I had just moved cities temporarily and was settling into my new lifestyle. Excuses excuses. I landed up not training for it but did engaged in cardio activities like swimming, ultimate frisbee and yoga. I figured that I would just enjoy the race and complete it – no pressure, no expectations.
Flying from the West coast to the East coast is a bit of a pain with the time difference. It averages a half day affair and since my work schedule was tight, I landed up doing a weekend trip. But you know, it was so worth it. I met up with friends, did some catching up, enjoyed the city a little and had fun.
A funny moment was when I realized that my plan to pre-order room service for my breakfast in the morning before heading out for the race wasn’t going to materialize. The race start was at 7am which meant that I had to leave my hotel at 6am to get there at 630am. Room service started only at 6am so I was pretty much screwed. I landed up having to think creatively and ordered a basket of toast with butter and jam at 10pm and ate it the next morning.
The weather that morning was perfect. It started off around 12 degrees celsius and hit around 24. In fact, it was hot. The amazing thing about the race is the route. It felt like a sightseeing tour running past the monuments and taking in the beautiful sights of D.C. It was so enjoyable and inspirational. I felt surprisingly good and decided to try and do a good run instead of just aiming to complete. I mentally set some time goals in mind and just listened to my body and ran accordingly.
Around the 15km mark, my right foot started to cramp up. I was thinking to myself, uh oh but I kept wriggling my toes and stopped a few times to stretch. Thankfully, it held up and I finished well with an official time of 2:11:40. Just about 3 minutes slower than my personal best timing but I was rather stoked considering that I had zero training for the half marathon and my longest run for it was a mere 8km run that took place 2 weeks prior.
I would say this was one of my most enjoyable half marathons – less painful compared to the San Francisco half which was.. hilly. However, I did pay dearly for not training (so please do not follow what I did!) and am now nursing a swollen and painful right foot. I need to get that sorted out. But well, I had fun, it was tiring flying all the way back and plunging deep into a hectic work week but the highlights aside from the race was catching up with friends, getting my hands on the limited edition Tiffany colored Nike Free 5.0 and adding another Tiffany’s finisher necklace to my collection! It’s the best finisher medal by the way!
A short report (sort of), enjoy the pictures while I go hibernate.
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