I’m pretty much the worst at race recaps. I came, I ran, I finished, I ate lunch….that’s pretty much how the races I run are these days.
I convinced Eric to run the half with me to force me NOT to race the race.
I didn’t want to race, but I know myself a little too well. Once the gun goes off I have a hard time of actually taking it easy – my brain and my legs just say go, even if I am physically not capable of a pace they want to run. I’m not one of those people that can use a race as a tempo run, or just a “hard workout” – if I run a race – I’m racing and if my time is slow for me, it’s because I wasn’t in shape or something went wrong. I give it everything I have – I run the day – that may mean I have a great finish time, or a slow for me time – either way – it was all I had that day.
Eric was hesitant to run because the last double digit run he had done was when he ran Marine Corps Marathon in 2013. He has been running but I’m not sure he has gone over 8 miles since the marathon. I promised I would run as slow as he wanted or walk with him. I think what finally convinced him is when I said I would carry my phone so if he was tired I would stop and take pictures on course. I don’t even know the last race we ran together so I thought it would be fun and give us something to talk about post race, rather than him listening to me ramble on about my race. We did indeed have fun together, even though during the race I’m pretty sure he wanted to kill me.
This was my second race carrying my phone and I think it’s a surefire way to get rid of the – I-want-to-race feeling in my legs. It felt like a nice long run with a bib on. The pictures I captured on course were beyond beautiful and just like Boston this year, I’m really glad I have these memories captured.
I thought the actual race was fantastic. I have never run at elevation, so I knew it would be a little bit harder than normal. Our pace did feel harder to me than that pace typically feels, and post race I felt really tired. I had heard that the course was hilly – but don’t agree – unless you are used to running somewhere flat – it wasn’t what I would consider very hilly. My elevation gain is greater on some of the 10 milers I go on around Leesburg for comparison. For every hill there was, there seemed to be a pretty decent downhill following it, so I don’t really think the hills affected our pace that badly.
Our splits confirm what I already knew about Eric and I – we run VERY differently. He played college football and can outsprint me any day, but in long distances I have him beat. I’m what I consider a surge runner – going faster and then slower throughout each mile. He on the other hand is what I consider a streaky runner – he will be dying and then all of the sudden bust out a 7:xx mile when I least expect it. It makes zero sense to me, but it’s how he is on long runs also, so I think it’s just how he runs.
- Mile 1: 8:19
- Mile 2: 8:32
- Mile 3: 9:18
- Mile 4: 8:42
- Mile 5: 8:26
- Mile 6: 8:34
- Mile 7: 9:09
- Mile 8: 8:53
- Mile 9: 7:18
- Mile 10: 8:32
- Mile 11: 8:43
- Mile 12: 9:45
- Mile 13: 9:54
- Mile 13.33: 8:06 average
Unofficial Finish Time: 1:56:50 – average pace 8:48
Logistically this was one of the easiest races I’ve run. We stayed at the Sheraton which was a very short walk to the start/finish line. We even had a view of the VIP Tent and Mazda booth from our room.
The medal is a bottle opener and I happen to think for those of you who like collecting medals Rock N Roll does a really good job with the medals. I would absolutely run this race again, and if I was looking for extra
punishment fun, I would run the marathon.
My next race with Rock N Roll and Mazda is Vegas Marathon. I’ve run the marathon the past two years and based on both of those trips, I’m pretty much in love with Vegas. I have been looking forward to this years race since last year – haha.
Did you run the half or the full? What did you think of the race?