It’s Time: Rock N Roll DC 1/2 Marathon!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock N Roll DC as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

It’s race night eve! I’m relaxing at a hotel in the DC suburbs that I’m SO glad I booked to save hours of driving. After hitting up the expo earlier, I’m officially almost ready. I just need to find another way to attach my tag to my bag check bag, as I somehow lost mine….

Anyways – let’s look at how Friday’s preparations played out.

I started the day by SLEEPING IN because I took the day totally off! I planned on taking a 1/2 day to go to the expo, but I ended up taking the whole day to go to a job interview.

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When I finally headed south towards DC, I stopped in at Fleet Feet to recycle some old shoes. It will feel so good to have them out of my room. It took about an hour to drive down, get on the train, and arrive at the Armory, which is next to the RFK stadium. I had to wait outside in a security line for about 10 minutes (BRR), but I know that will be nothing compared to tomorrow.

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My trusty SmarTrip card

Bib pickup was quick and easy once I got in – I had to get a pic for insta before starting my shopping!

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I spent a little over an hour browsing the expo. I stopped by the Balega booth to chat with Dan, their rep for the area – he is the greatest! I also was thrilled to get KT Taped (and found a solution for my occasional toe pain), try Krave Jerky (I bought two bags – so g00d), and to stop at the HOKA booth! I talked to the reps I worked with at Fleet Feet and walked away with a pair of the new Arahi’s at a great price.

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I easily made it to my hotel, where I have gotten my Flat Sam ready for tomorrow. The windchill will be around 12 degrees when I arrive to the mall, which is going to make my 2-3 pre-race miles downright cold.

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Als0: hand held bottle with a space blanket folded up for before the race, throw-away fleece, and undergarments of course!

It wouldn’t be a race if there weren’t some goals. Realistically, this race was a last-minute add-on and I’m super excited just to be here. I know it’s not going to be a PR day, between the cold, the killer hill at mile 5, and the fact that I’m working towards a marathon and this isn’t my goal race.

Goal C: 2:20

Goal B: 2:15 (I set a goal this year to become consistent at running this time)

Goal A: HAVE FUN.

My plan is to run 11:00-11:30/mi for the first five miles (90:30 or 120:30 intervals) as this is around my goal marathon pace. When the hill hits and I can finally see it, I honestly may just walk it to conserve energy. If I’m feeling good and not too cold by the time I hit the top, I’m giving myself the permission to GO. I know it won’t be a PR, but being well aware that I am capable of strong negative splits, I know a strong second half of the race is in me.

If I decide it’s a day to hold back and truly run as a “long run” (probably a smarter decision), I’ll be more likely to race on Sunday at my next race!

What’s the coldest race you’ve ever run? THIS ONE. Although the last race was pretty cold as well.

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Up Next: Rock and Roll DC!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock and Roll DC as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
As I’ve shared in my last few weekly recaps, I’m running the Rock and Roll DC half marathon in just a week and a half! This race has been on my wish list ever since I started running. I’m so excited that it’s finally happening for me! Lets look  at the 5 reasons why I’m excited for this race:
1. Washington, DC is one of my favorite places. There are simply so many beautiful places. I’m looking forward to that the course is vastly different than the Marine Corps Marathon, and I’ll get to explore new areas of the city.
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2. The expo! – It sounds silly, but I’m excited for the expo for a couple of reasons. I hope to meet up with some other Bib Rave Pro’s, but I also am excited to hit up the Hoka booth! They have two new shoes, the Arahi and the Graviota, that I’m dying to try on. As far as I know, local stores aren’t selling them yet. My first pair of Hokas now have over 300 miles on them (and the second pair has almost 150), so it’s time to start looking for a new pair 😉
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One of the first runs in my Hoka One One Clifton’s this summer – love at first run.
3. It’ll be my 13th half marathon – there’s just something that sticks out to be about the 13th 13.1. It also falls at a great time in my marathon training. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll run for time or use the race as a training run.
4. A short getaway – I’m taking a half (or maybe a whole day) to go to the expo on Friday, and I got a hotel near the metro. No, the race isn’t all that far from me. But a night away to relax is just what I’ve been needing. This race falls after a busy two weeks at work so it will be a nice reward.
5. A HUGE race – This is likely going to be the second biggest race I’ve run. I like the idea of running with a lot of people, as having someone to pass always pushes me a little harder. This is also putting me out of my comfort zone. The logistics of Rock and Roll races have scared me in the past, and I’m excited to finally tackle that fear. My friend, Ava, is running too and I hope to see her!
If you want to run with me – it’s not too late! Online registration is open through 3/4/17. Save $15 off the half or marathon distances with the code BIBRAVE15 (which is also good for any RNR race, half or full distance with the exception of Carlsbad, which is good for the two distances.)
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Have you run any Rock and Roll races? In 2017 I have this one and Philly on my list!

NJ Marathon Training: Week 8 + RNR Discount Code

Another week of training is complete! Schedule wise, it wasn’t the most beautiful, but I got my four days of running in. My right quad/hip was still feeling off, so I changed weeks up and used this week as a step-back week to lower the mileage a bit.

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Week 8 (February 13-19):

Monday: Rest – I was actually sore from my long run.

Tuesday: 1 mile on the treadmill. My hamstrings were weirdly tight, and I didn’t realize it until I started running. My form was suffering, so I came off and spent lots of time with my R8 Recovery and foam roller.

Wednesday: 3.5 miles before SkeeBall. My hamstrings felt better, but my hamstring/quad still felt off. Sacrificed an extra .5 mile to have extra time to stretch before hitting happy hour.

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Thursday: Rest day. I had planned to run 6, but between house work and trivia, I didn’t have the time.

Friday: 4 miles before work. It was the coldest morning of the year, but I made myself get up (after some bargaining). Hamstring/quad felt about 80% – didn’t hurt while running but was really tight after.

Saturday: 5 miles in 70 degree weather!! My body was not ready for the sudden heat shift, but I can’t complain. My HR was high for the day before a long run, but I felt great and my quad loosened up after about 2 miles.

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Sunday: 11 miles in BaltimoreI was torn on how much to run, but running out of water and needing a potty break told me that 11 was how far I was going! My leg felt about 90% after 4 miles, but is still pretty tight the next morning (I haven’t gotten to roll it out yet)

Week 8 total: 24.5. Not the best, but I’ll take it for a step-back week.

The next two weeks will have higher mileage (hoping I can break into the 30’s) that I’m hoping will bring some needed life back to my legs. Higher mileage felt so good on my legs during my last cycle, but I just can’t get there as of yet. After that I have a weekend of races – Rock and Roll DC Half Marathon and the Baltimore Shamrock 5K. I’ll likely run both for fun and not focus on any time, but we’ll see.

Have you wanted to run RNR DC but haven’t signed up yet? Sign up with the code BibRave15 and save $15 on the half or full! (This is good for ALL open Rock and Roll races!)

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Also don’t forget about my New Jersey Marathon code – it saves you $5 off the Full, Half, or Relay! (I’ve guilted Jake into doing the 5K, but alas – no discount).

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I’m linking upCourtney of Eat Pray Run DC for her Winter Training Recap linkup. Check out how other runners are training this winter!

Do you have any races coming up?