DC Rock N Roll Marathon Race Recap: A Random Marathon


I am a nut case or maybe just random for even considering much less signing up for a marathon I did not train for. Wally asked me on Instagram if  I was running it and I said no, but something lit a fire in me and I jumped on impulse to set out and do it. There was only a 15 dollar difference between the half and the full. I felt like I would be getting more for my money by doing a full marathon.  Friday at the expo I felt pretty good then I got really tired from my hang over from Thursday night at the strip club and I started having second thoughts and even told myself I just thew away money on a bib I would not run on after all.

In the car driving home I told myself to just wait till tomorrow before making a decision to DNS the race. I fell asleep at 11pm and woke up at 4am then put my head down to sleep some more till 5:30 am.  I felt energetic in the morning and was just so exited to put on my green outfit, meet Wally at his hotel, and get out and have some fun on the course.

The first 16 miles I felt strong and was probably a little two confident. I was so close and hopeful to finish with the 4:10 lead, unfortunately I lost them. My phone also died around this time as well. I was starting to get concerned because my head was getting dizzy and my hands where starting to swell. If I am honest with myself I did give up on the race at this point. I gave up because I was worried about something bad happening since my heart started to hurt. I just pushed my self slowly the rest of the way, but I knew when I crossed that finish line I didn't really race it. So next time I need to train and train great so this doesn't happen again.

Race Day Plus

  • An absolutely beautiful day, course and weather. 

  • Beer at the end

Race Day Minus

  • No bagels along the course, I was so hungry towards the end! 

Comments

  1. I so admire you for doing a full marathon! I am years away from that point--well, hopefully only 2 years away. You young kids. *grumblegrumblegrumble*

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  2. Good for you for seeing it through to the end. It's a great sign when you start doing marathons 'on impulse'. The mark of a true runner!

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  3. Considering that you didn't train, you did GREAT for most of the race! I really want to do a race in DC...I'm thinking maybe I'll do that race next year if I'm lucky!

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  4. Another plus: you looked ADORABLE! Great job getting out there

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  5. you've got this Stephani

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  6. you will love it...the only thing maybe bring a bagel for towards the end of the race, but I will def do this on again!

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  7. Good for you for getting out there and doing it. And you look great, love the outfit!

    Oh, and I like the new look of your blog as well :)

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  8. We may have run side by side at times! I finished just 3-4 minutes in front of you!

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