Run Hit Wonder

Here’s the data from my half marathon. Look at those miserable splits after mile 10. See what I mean, when I say those last 3 miles are the worst?

When the opportunity arose to run this year’s Rock and Roll USA half-marathon came up, I took it. Well, first I considered it, then I excitedly took it, then I suffered much regret and trepidation. Last year’s race was hard and I was suffering the after-effects of a knee injury for a while. I guess enough time has passed that I forgot all of that. This year I took it easy, walked through the water stations, slow jogged when I needed to and I still finished in 2:18:56 - 6 1/2 minutes slower than last year. I’m happy with those results considering I put in 0 hours training for it.

Here are some highlights:

- that giant hill at the end of Rock Creek Park and the wall of spectators cheering everyone on

- the threat of rain that actually turned into the most beautiful running weather

- grabbing so much post-race swag that it was piled up in my arms over my face

- spending the rest of the day inhaling unhealthy amounts food at brunch and dinner (had to pause for a mid-day nap)

- a more “monument-based” race course

- the Marathon Day front lawn parties along Harvard Street

I would love to do some shorter distance races this season (10k, 5k, 5/10 milers) because I finally confirmed that those last 3 miles of the half really are just the worse.

Here we go again. After a foolish last minute decision, I decided I’m running the Rock and Roll USA half marathon tomorrow. Just like last year you can follow along with my progress. Aren’t you curious about what happens when I try to run 13.1 miles without training? Me too. You can follow along as my little red dot moves across a virtual map of Washington, DC. And if I post photos at any point during the race you’ll see it there.
Instructions:
1) Click this link.
2) After I start (sometime around 8am Saturday morning), you’ll see the page refresh and a blinking red dot will appear near my picture.
3) To the right of my profile picture, you’ll see “Jenn Smith started a running activity with RunKeeper Live.” Click on that.
4) This will bring up a page that live-refreshes with my route, time, distance, and elevation on a map.
For more detailed instructions on how to use Runkeeper live, watch this handy video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL81NLe8iy4

Here we go again. After a foolish last minute decision, I decided I’m running the Rock and Roll USA half marathon tomorrow. Just like last year you can follow along with my progress. Aren’t you curious about what happens when I try to run 13.1 miles without training? Me too. You can follow along as my little red dot moves across a virtual map of Washington, DC. And if I post photos at any point during the race you’ll see it there.

Instructions:

1) Click this link.

2) After I start (sometime around 8am Saturday morning), you’ll see the page refresh and a blinking red dot will appear near my picture.

3) To the right of my profile picture, you’ll see “Jenn Smith started a running activity with RunKeeper Live.” Click on that.

4) This will bring up a page that live-refreshes with my route, time, distance, and elevation on a map.

For more detailed instructions on how to use Runkeeper live, watch this handy video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL81NLe8iy4

I’m starting to think about my race schedule for this year. The key word is starting. So far I’ve only signed up for one 5k in town that the Roller Vixens are running as a team. The course is along the trail in Morgantown where I do most of my running so it should be fun and fast and flat. It’s helped motivate me to get back into a training schedule - fast tempo runs, blackout-inducing intervals, and long weekend runs. Some other races I’m thinking about:
The Gristmill Grinder 1/2 Marathon - takes place on a beautiful West Virginia State Forest….but then again, is it a bad idea that this race has the word grinder in the title?
The Pittsburgh Marathon - do I have what it takes to become a ‘runner of steel’?
The Scenic Mountain Triathlon - only a 1/2 mile swim but with 9% grade on the bike portion.
I’ll probably be doing a lot of traveling this spring and summer so I won’t be signing up for races far in advance and hope to find runs and triathlons outside of West Virginia. New York? Ohio? Las Vegas?!
What am I missing? Where are the best races?

I’m starting to think about my race schedule for this year. The key word is starting. So far I’ve only signed up for one 5k in town that the Roller Vixens are running as a team. The course is along the trail in Morgantown where I do most of my running so it should be fun and fast and flat. It’s helped motivate me to get back into a training schedule - fast tempo runs, blackout-inducing intervals, and long weekend runs. Some other races I’m thinking about:

The Gristmill Grinder 1/2 Marathon - takes place on a beautiful West Virginia State Forest….but then again, is it a bad idea that this race has the word grinder in the title?

The Pittsburgh Marathondo I have what it takes to become a ‘runner of steel’?

The Scenic Mountain Triathlon - only a 1/2 mile swim but with 9% grade on the bike portion.

I’ll probably be doing a lot of traveling this spring and summer so I won’t be signing up for races far in advance and hope to find runs and triathlons outside of West Virginia. New York? Ohio? Las Vegas?!

What am I missing? Where are the best races?

I loathe my dreadmill workouts. I will usually run outside in any conditions but sometimes it’s just too icy/rainy/dark and you have to slog it out on a terrible machine. During sunny spring days, treadmills should be stored in a closet and never thought of again. Go outside.