{Recap} Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Weekend

Hi there!  Last weekend Mom and I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon!

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon Medal

We hit a lot of traffic heading in Friday afternoon and got there just in time to drop our bags at the hotel and run over to the expo to grab our race packets.  We both wish we had had some real time to spend at the expo but, oh well.

Mom and Me at Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in DC

After that we headed to Armand’s Pizza for some amazing deep dish pizza.  I absolutely love this stuff!  Was it the best option before a race?  Probably not, but we’re not in DC often so we HAD to do it.

Armand's Pizza in DC

Once we got back to the hotel we laid out our morning race outfits and headed to bed.  On to race day!  For breakfast I had some yogurt with cereal and a piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a banana.

Pre Half Marathon Breakfast

This is going to be a super quick race recap since I really didn’t take many pictures throughout the half marathon.  Even though I was running (wogging) this for fun, I still wanted to focus on doing my best related to time.  My goal was to finish in about 3 to 3 1/2 hours, and I wanted to start strong so if I was feeling a little rough at the end I wouldn’t be stressed about finishing.  It rained the ENTIRE race and I was very grateful Mom and I had bought ponchos.

Mom and Me Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon

Let’s get to mileage!  Miles 1-5 were great!  Fairly simple and not too hilly.

Mile 1 – 13:35
Mile 2 – 12:35
Mile 3 – 12:10
Mile 4 – 12:02
Mile 5 – 17:40 (bathroom break)

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon

Miles 6-8 had some very large hills.  I have no idea how my time for Mile 6 was 12:27 but I’ll take it!  I also had some GU at this point.

Mile 6 – 12:27
Mile 7 – 14:29
Mile 8 – 13:02

Miles 9-10 were like the beginning.  Downhill or flat.

Mile 9 – 12:34
Mile 10 – 12:43

But at mile 11 I began asking myself why on earth I decided to do this!  I was sore, my ankles and arches were hurting and I was finally getting tired of the rain.  Overall, I was getting cranky but I knew I had a slight chance of finishing this in just under 3 hours to beat my goal so I kept trucking along.

Mile 11 – 14:39
Mile 12: – 14:10
Mile 13 – 13:08
Remaining .3 – 11:09  (my watch read 13.3 at the end)

I was so stinkin’ grateful to finally finish, and in 2 hours and 58 minutes no less!  Just in time!!!  I (stupidly) took off the poncho since the rain had settled and took a sweaty, very sore selfie 😉 .

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon

The finish line was in a big open lot and it was extremely windy.  I quickly became even more cranky since my clothes were wet and the wind was making it feel so much colder than it was.  There was literally no place to hide from the wind so I just tried to keep walking because if I stopped I was afraid I would need to sit and then I wouldn’t be able to get back up!  Mom finished in 3 hours and 20 minutes (way to go, Mom)!

Mom and Me Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon

The pride of what we had just done kept me moving…well, that and the thought of a hot shower.  We had to wait close to an hour for the metro (SO MANY PEOPLE!).  I, personally, was pretty impressed that I remembered the system.  Granted, it’s easy (especially compared to the NYC subway system) but I’m awful with directions so I impressed myself.  When we finally got back to the hotel we showered, ordered sandwiches and took much needed naps.  Before we knew it it was time for dinner at my all time favorite restaurant in DC, Founding Farmers.  We met some cousins who live right outside of DC and it was nice to see some extra family..espeically since I live so far away from everyone now!

Family Time in DC at Founding Farmers

As my entree I ordered the Chicken Pot Pie which was impressive per usual.

Founding Farmers in DC Chicken Pot Pie

And that pretty much wraps up this recap!  Mom is already talking about signing us up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas in November.  I like the idea of it but I’m not exactly jumping at the opportunity to run another half marathon anytime soon.  We’ll see!  I did, however, sign up for a 10k at the end of April.  Running is so fun in the spring :)  Oh wait, one more thing.  For an early lunch on Sunday before heading home Mom and I grabbed salads at Sweet Green.  Boy, do I miss this place!

Sweet Green in DC

What races will you be running this Spring?


  1. Mmm that deep dish pizza looks incredible. As does that pre-race breakfast. You have good taste! Your poncho seflie was so cute! CONGRATULATIONS on finishing! This is an incredible accomplishment, and I think you did a fantastic time Erin!!
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