What. A. Crazy. Weekend.
Photo shoot for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC. Treated like a model: chauffeured in black SUVs from Uber, fed delicious salads from Sweet Green, tried on the latest Nike Women’s Running Swag, and surrounded by numerous professional photographers. That was awesome. I was featured in a photo on Instagram. You can only see me from knee down, but man do my calves look great! Also, you can catch a glimpse of power in my photo from Twitter and Facebook announcing the Tiffany necklace reveal. Clutch.
Pretty sweet gig. So lucky to be given the opportunity to represent Nike… and the free outfit was totally worth it! =)
Shakeout run at Nike Georgetown. 7 AM Meeting for the race pacers (myself included) which involved getting our cool race outfit: Nike Pegasus 30, breeze tank, modern distance shorts, and Pro bra. Love the colors! Thanks Nike! After that we waited for the Nike Training Club participants to arrive. Once everyone was there socializing, and the DJ blaring… they introduced 2 amazing women runners: the amazing Shalane Flanagan & the legendary Joan Benoit!
Each of these amazing women spoke about their impressive marathon endeavors, provided inspiration for the 2014 NWM DC participants, and then joined us for our warm-up and 2.5-mile Shakeout run around Georgetown. Coolness. After the run we were welcomed back with Fiji water and Jamba Juice smoothies. Super lush.
Race Day! Awake at 4:15 AM, left the house at 5:15 AM, and arrived at the race at 6:00 AM. Met with my fellow pacers, got my pace sign, and hung out in the VIP tent. Booyah! I couldn’t believe the amenities in the VIP area! There was hot breakfast, coffee, fancy tea, pastries, fruit, more Fiji water, a foam rolling station, private bag check, WARMTH, and there were 5 restroom trailers! No cold, gross port-a-potty for me! I had flushing, running water, soap, hair accessories, and even make-up removing wipes!
And then it was game time. The weather was perfect (50-degrees F), I was wearing a brand-new outfit (yes!), and there were 9-12 runners who were eager to PR via my 2:10 goal race time. Amy, my fellow 9:55 pacer, and I were ready to crush 13.1.
Pumped at mile 3
Amy & I after the race
Unofficial Race Time- 02:09:46, that is pretty damn close to the 2:10 goal. Holla!
Even with brand new shoes, my feet were happy until mile 10-11. I never cramped because I had Nuun at almost every water station. AND my plantar fasciitis didn’t flare up, even after my KT tape decided to peel off around mile 8 (I think I terrified the guy at the medical tent when I ran up to him screaming “I need scissors!”).
Nike does not spare any expense. Right over the finish line you are greeted with commemorative water bottles pre-filled with ice water, a booth with cold chocolate milk (I grabbed one for the hubby), goody-bags with tasty treats, a freakin’ Tiffany’s necklace, and photo-ops with handsome ROTC men dressed in tuxedos. Hey!
But even with all those fabulous bonuses, my favorite part of the race was crossing the finish line and being approached by fellow runners who wanted to thank me (me!) personally for pacing them to a new PR or first half marathon finish! I nearly teared up. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude for being given the opportunity to support other women through their 13.1 journey. I can’t wait to do it again. Farewell #werundc … Hello #werunsf ?