Sunday’s inaugural Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC was a great race. And while I may have been a little harsh on the expotique, overall it was a very well-organized event. The water stops, mile markers, bands along the way, and signage was top-notch and I was happy that some thought went into making the course different than the Rock n’Roll Half and Cherry Blossom 10-miler.
The 7 am race start was the perfect temperature and aside from the massive crowds that did not abide by race etiquette in starting in proper wave starts (times that designate your approximate finish at the end and make it a much better running experience for all), I still managed to make excellent time (only a minute and a half shy of my 2011 personal best). A special shout-out to Batala who was cranking out the drums around Mile 4…I missed seeing my friend Liz there who used to play with the band! And to everyone I know who ran–Brittany, Nicole and Margaret–and especially to Jessica (wife of our 30 Before 30 blogger) who ran her first ever half!
Here are some photos to showcase the day and my prize….a little blue box waiting at the finish line:
I’m taking a little breather from the long races and have a few things up my sleeve, so stay tuned for my next series of adventures coming your way!