...But now for the exciting news I mentioned on Friday's post...
I signed up for the Washington DC Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon on March 16th....yes, March 16th! As in, 12 days from now! I have been wanting to do a half marathon since college and I finally bit the bullet and registered.
Why Washington DC you ask? Well, I'm leaving next Wednesday to visit Jon in Pittsburgh for a few weeks and I had asked him to take me to DC or New York for my birthday (which is March 27th, hint hint people). Since Pittsburgh is only a few hours drive away and he has a friend in DC that we can stay with, we opted to go there for the weekend. Well, lucky me! There just so happened to be a half marathon at that time. AND St. Patty's that Sunday! "Should be a good time" is an understatement.
I have never been to DC before and I am beyond excited! The run starts right in front of The Capitol building and loops through downtown, along the Potomac River, and ends at RFK Stadium. You can view the course map here. I'm hoping I'll be more focused on sightseeing than the length of the run itself.
Seeing as how I registered less than 3 weeks before the race, I needed to start preparing...quick! I was a little worried because the longest run I've ever completed was 7 miles. I needed to make sure I could do more than that and went out to test my stamina this past Saturday.
My mom and I went over to a local trail about 5 minutes from my house. She walked some of it while I was determined to set out for a 10+ mile...just to make sure I could do that much. I was very surprised by my efforts and ran all but 1 minute of it for a "blowing the nose" break. My knees were crying out for some much needed ice packs after that. I'm planning on going again next weekend to make sure it wasn't a fluke and that I can indeed run 10 or more miles without stopping (they say the last 3 miles of the half marathon are fueled by competitiveness and adrenaline...so I'll believe what they say and not attempt to run a full 13.1 miles for the heck of it).
If I can get my time's closer to a consistent 9:00 min/mile, I'll be able to finish the marathon in under 2 hours! That's my goal.
I also went out to REI and purchased some gear I may need for this race. I'm imaging DC to be a tad chilly mid-March...especially at 7:30am...so I found some great items to help.
A belt to hold my tissues for my dreadful cold-weather runny nose!
And also to hold my energy chews (see below)
Thorlo Pad socks - the best running socks out there (in my opinion). They're warm enough for DC and have padding to prevent blisters.
Energy chews. I have yet to try any kind of chews out there, so this week I'll be testing each one out during my training runs. Stay tuned for the verdict on which one I'll pick for the race. I'm also open to opinions if anyone has feedback on which brands they prefer.
Found this bad boy marked down from $95 original price to $23 sale price! No brainer.
I also bought some shirts, shorts, capris, sports bra, and headbands at JcPenny's...not for the race, just because I can't pass up cute running gear on sale.
This is my first half marathon ever so I'm open to any words of wisdom and advice from y'all out there!
Back to serve my country at Jury Duty...if only I viewed it that way haha :)
3/4/2013: Miles run - 166.5 of 1000. Miles remaining - 833.5 of 1000