|More Sparkle Sisters|
|DC Selfie at Start Line|
|Selfie with Valerie|
The race started and we were off. First towards the Kennedy Center, the Memorial Bridge and then through Washington, DC. As I stated in Part I, I was a bit hesitant about this race. I had never run through some of the parts of DC with this race and the elevation at mile 6 scared me. However, the bands were wonderful along with the race support! Rockburn Park was beautiful and before I knew it, mile 6 was approaching! Yes, it is quite a hill! As one of my friends wrote on Facebook, he lost a lung and wondered if anyone had found it. The Wear Blue to Remember folks where at mile 6 with pictures and flags; quite a solemn moment. I made up it up the hill, turned the corner and there was a water stop along with a band. Well done, RNR DC! Just what I needed! There is a small hill at mile 9 which ran through a neighborhood and there was a Guinness Beer stop at one of the houses. Of course, I needed a swig of beer from these friendly people. I forgot to take a picture though; maybe next year! Somewhere between miles 9 and 10, I was in Adams Morgan and I ran into my friend, Brian from Shake Shack. He asked me how I was doing and I replied GREAT! He gave me a hug and wished me well. At mile 10 as I turned a corner, what did I see but the Brooks guy! This was fantastic!
|Brooks Guitar Guy|
At mile 11, Toyota was there with inspirational signs and neighborhood people were handling out jelly bean! The bands and neighborhood support were wonderful throughout this race! I had a mouth full of jelly beans when I posed for this picture! :)
|Toyota Mile 10|
I waited for friends, grabbed food and headed home. This is the first half marathon that I've done and didn't feel tired. I guess my cross-training is really helping! Of course, my beloved Balega socks helped me too!
I can't say enough good things about this race. I'm already signed up for next year and can't wait to do it again! The only thing that I would change is that I need to take more pictures! Again, RNR seems to have it together even the next day when I received an email with all my finisher badges, certificate, pictures, etc. Well done, RNR!
Til next time and remember, my journey continues...If you can dream it, you can do it as Walt Disney said!
|Balega-The Best Socks Ever!|
|GWP Bib with Medal|
|Shirt with Medal|