|Leaving my apartment. Yeah, that says 4:58 am|
I could summarize the Wilson Bridge Half Marathon one of two ways:
a) In exactly one week I improved my half marathon time by 6 minutes; or
b) I missed my half marathon PR by 5 minutes.
For the sake of keeping a shred of self confidence I think I'll stick with the first one. Not sure what I was thinking when I signed up for back to back half marathons, but there are some hilarious pictures that are the result of that decision. I'm happy to provide a moment of laughter for you all.
As for the Wilson Bridge 1/2 Marathon, I really liked the course, but it's not anywhere near my favorite because I'll always be partial to out-and-back or loop races. Point-to-point races require more logistics such as waking up earlier than humanly possible to provide time for loading up buses and transporting people to the start line. After the race we waited in long (very cold) lines to get back to the parking lot which wasn't super close to the finish line in National Harbor, Maryland.
I will say that the medals and the tech shirts were of excellent quality and design. I really like them. On the other hand, I despised the expo because it was ridiculously hard to find and when I eventually found it I had to wait in line because they only allowed a small group of people into the cramped room at one time to get their packet. For a $90 race I was extremely disappointed that there were exactly ZERO freebies in my race bag. Really? You couldn't even throw a mini Cliff Bar in there?!?
|"The Awakening" is a sculpture of a man breaking free from the earth. It was just before the finish line.|
Oh, and I can't forget to add to my "awesome spectator sign" list. Around mile 8 we were just about to cross the (large) bridge when I spotted "Chuck Norris never ran the Wilson Bridge!" and "Getting up early to make this sign wasn't easy either!" They both made me laugh and gave me a little boost to get over that bridge. Thanks, spectators!
And now for your entertainment:
|WHAT are my arms doing?!|
|People are wearing jackets and I'm smiling...this must have been mile 1.|
|I'm so pretty.|
|Pure pain. Pushin' it for the home stretch! :)|
|Yay! I'm done! Where's the food?|
|This is a feast fit for a queen, baby!|
|I don't play around.|
2. What type of race do you prefer? Out and back? Loop? Point to Point?