Rock N Roll USA Half Marathon: The Highlights
In chronological order, no less!
A race start with copious amounts of port-a-potties. Do not underestimate how important this is. There were ZERO port-a-potties at the Baltimore Half starting line. ZERO. The relief that washed through my body at the sight of these was borderline overwhelming.
My new fuel belt.
Sure, it was probably stupid to wear a new belt on race day, but this thing fit perfectly. It also allowed me to stash my phone, metro card, ID, debit card, and energy beans somewhere other than my bra. Win-win.
A nearly-flat race course (at least compared to the 2010 Baltimore course!) I’ll take a major hill at mile 6 over several major hills throughout the race any day.
A complete absence of any mental roadblocks. I crossed the starting line with a smile on my face, and I tried to keep that momentum for the entire two hours. When I started to lag, I remembered the runner I saw at mile 7 who had one leg and was propelling himself on crutches. No freaking excuses here, thankyouverymuch.
An overwhelming rush of emotion as I crossed the finish line. Like, close to tears emotion. I don’t even know what to categorize the tears AS: happy, relieved, exhausted. It was all a big jumble.
Looking down at my Garmin and seeing a PR
It wasn’t official until I checked my results online, but it’s a definite PR—by six minutes! Hell. Yes.
Really heavy bling.
Seeing these faces waiting for me at the finish line:
I missed Funk and Nick, but this was a pretty awesome cheering section!
A true post-race meal of champions:
Blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs. So good, I had it the day after the race, too.
Coming home to this incredibly thoughtful gift from my friend Allison and the sweetest “Congrats” card from Nick:
I was really feeling the love on Saturday, and it was wonderful.
All in all, this race weekend was fantastic. A great race that I was able to celebrate with great friends (and great food!) It had me remembering why I signed up for this race in the first place…and made me want to sign up for another one!
Nike Women’s Half, here I come…?