• National Half Marathon

    March 27, 2011

    Which do you want first: the good news or the bad news? Let’s go with the good first since I’m trying to stay positive about the situation.

    • The good news: I definitely PRed at yesterday’s National Half Marathon.
    • The bad news: I don’t have an ‘official’ race time to show for it.*

    I’ll explain what happened in a minute. I’m still happy that I finished the race and had a great time doing it! :mrgreen:

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    The race started at 7:00 AM, so Katie and I set our alarm clocks for 5:15, readied ourselves, and jogged to the start, which was only about a mile away from Katie’s condo. Katie ran the half marathon relay with two of her friends, so it was nice to have a buddy to go with to the start.

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    The race included those running the marathon, half marathon, and half marathon relay, so it was easily the biggest race I have ever run. Rumor has it there were over 17,000 runners there yesterday!

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    The start of the race was a crazy madhouse, but, thankfully, Theodora and I were in the same corral and had each other to chat with and get out some of our pre-race jitters.

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    At 7:00 on the dot, the race started: elite runners first, then marathoners, half marathoners, and then the relay runners. It took Theodora and I quite a while to get across the start line, but once we did, I took off. The start was an insane mess of people—even more crowded than the Ras 5K in Davis every year. I just wanted to get past the big mob of runners, so I wove in and out of people for the first few miles, which were mostly all down hill and pretty fast.

    A lot of people complained about the hills on the course, but I didn’t think they were bad at all. There was a massive hill around around Mile 6 on Connecticut Avenue, which I cursed in my head (and once out loud) the entire time, but for every up hill there was a down hill!

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    The race course was absolutely beautiful. It might just be my favorite course yet. It took us alongside the National Mall where we passed by the Capitol Building and Washington Monument. Then, we headed up through Adams Morgan and Howard University, where there were tons of spectators and cheering. The last few miles headed back toward the race start. I loved it all. Awesome course.

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    The last mile of the race was uphill to the finish. It was killer! But, according to my Garmin, I finished 13.29 miles in 1:56:32. My ‘official’ gun time and net time were 2:06:32, which totally doesn’t make sense. It seems like the first chip mat never recorded me running over it.

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    There’s no way I started when the gun went off. Look at where corral 6 is located!


    And my mile splits were pretty speedy!

    • Mile 1: 8:46
    • Mile 2: 8:43
    • Mile 3: 8:21
    • Mile 4: 8:20
    • Mile 5: 8:54
    • Mile 6: 8:34
    • Mile 7: 8:55
    • Mile 8: 8:43
    • Mile 9: 8:37
    • Mile 10: 8:47
    • Mile 11: 8:55
    • Mile 12: 9:17
    • Mile 13: 9:03

    Even still, Katie and I finished our respective races with smiles on our faces. She killed her 5-mile portion of the relay and finished in about 43 minutes!

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    After the race, Katie, her friend, Rachel, and I headed over to Eastern Market for brunch and post-race beers.

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    I’m a nerd and continued to wear my race medal. I couldn’t help but be proud of myself! I ran fast!

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    We met Theodora at Tunnicliffs Tavern for brunch.

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    The beer gods were with me because Tunnicliffs had Goose Island Honker’s Ale on tap. It’s one of my favorite post-run beers. I drank two during brunch.

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    The National Marathon website still has “preliminary” race results posted, and I emailed the timing people about my issue, so, hopefully, everything gets worked out. I want to know my time!

    *Edited to add (3/27/11 – 7:15 PM): Granite State Race Services (aka ‘the timing people’) just replied to my email and told me my offical time: 1:56:30! WAHOO!!! I am so psyched!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) March 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Congratulations on a job well done!


    Kelly March 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Way to go in your race!! That’s a time to be proud of! I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who celebrates with a beer! :)


    Sara @ The Bucket List March 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! I love DC so I’ll bet it was a beautiful course, which made the marathon all the better :)


    Katherine: Unemployed March 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    congrats! such a great time! thanks for garmin’s intelligence


    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life March 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Congratulations on your PR…totally impressive! :) Definitely looks like it was a fun time!


    Kristen March 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    AWESOME time! so happy to hear it worked out!


    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Congratulations!!! That must have been such an amazing course to run!


    Hilary March 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Congrats…what a great time! So jealous….I want to go to DC so bad and it does look gorgeous!


    Gwen March 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Way to go! Sorry the chip was messed up! But you did GREAT! And you’re not a nerd – I saw TONS of people at brunch wearing their medals. AND I was TOTES jealous! xoxox


    Brittany @ Eating Bird Food March 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Congrats on the PR Tina! So glad they were able to tell your official time.


    lindsey March 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    CONGRATS!! That’s awesome :))


    steph March 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    AWESOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you make me want to run another race in DC!!


    Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner March 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Congratulations on your race girl! 😀


    Tabs March 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm


    Way to go girl! You are motivating me to sign up for a race, which I haven’t done since 2009 (minus Hood 2 Coast). Keep up the great job!!


    Theodora March 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Congrats again on your PR, rockstar! I had SO much fun hanging out with you, and I can’t wait to see you again this weekend!


    Coco March 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    YAY TINA!!!!


    Hannah March 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Congratulations superstar!!


    Amy March 28, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Yes! Congrats on your new PR! That is such a great determination and shows all your hard work!


    Liz March 28, 2011 at 12:07 am

    congrats on your PR! I’m running my first half in two weeks and I’m sort of terrified!


    Jamie@everydaydolce March 28, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Oh my gosh! That same thing happened to me at the Long Beach Half marathon last year…my official time was 2:08 but my Garmin said it was 1:58…I was confused and upset but I realized it may have just been an error. Congrats on such an awesome time! You deserve your victory!


    Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 28, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Congratulations on the PR!!


    Beverly March 28, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Congrats. You’re becoming a regular “pro”!


    Stace March 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Congrats on the new PR in the half. I love your race recaps they are always so thorough!


    Melanie March 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Congrats on the race, that is an amazing time! Just wondering though, were you accidentally given the marathon medal? I was reading other blogs and they have different ones although they did the half marathon as well.


    Lauren March 28, 2011 at 9:33 am

    That is AWESOME! I’m so impressed with how you keep PRing! Excellent work!


    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

    wow congrats! I’d be wearing that medal all day and night too :)


    Erin @ Big Girl Feats March 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Congrats on your PR Tina! Good to know this half is such a great one/great course for my future first half! :)


    Rae March 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

    They had ALOT of timing issues-my full time wasnt accurate either, but still a PR. Congrats on an awesome race-way to rock it!!


    Kim March 28, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Congrats on the new PR! Thank goodness that granite state race services was able to let you know that you did truly get a PR! :)


    Amelia March 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Wow! You’re super fast! Congrats on a great race!!

    Did you feel it was organized? I was supposed to volunteer but other things got in my way so I never made it to my station. Someone said they didn’t see a water station until mile 10! Then there was hardly any post-race food at the end. Sounds like you didn’t experience that.

    Hope you enjoyed DC especially Eastern Market, one of my faves! It was a cold morning but really beautiful!


    Tania March 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Congrats on the PR! Your post totally made me want to run a race in DC- looks like so much fun!


    Lizz @ Leading the Good Life March 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Congrats! I’m so glad they got an official time for you. Even if I knew I ran it faster, I would have been horribly upset if it wasn’t official!


    Holly@ChunkyMonkey March 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Congratulations on finishing the race! The medal is fabulous. Enjoy showing it off! I hope you get your time straight. That has to be frustrating…esp since you ran so well.


    Paige March 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Hi Tina! I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months and love it! I’ve never commented but felt compelled today when I saw your DC pics. First of all, congratuations on your half marathon time! I live in DC right near Eastern Market…I love Tunnicliff’s and was actually there for brunch on Saturday and probably walked right by you…small world :-)


    Anissa March 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Congrats on your AWESOME time Tina! I PR’d at my 3rd half marathon last weekend. 1:59. I was (and still am) so excited! :)


    Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen March 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Congratulations!! That’s amazing :)


    michele March 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Congrats!! Seems like a beautiful course!


    Sarah March 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    What an amazing time you got! Congrats Tina!


    Alyssa @ Life of bLyss March 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    YOU GO, GIRL!! :) so exciting!!


    Maria March 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Congrats! The race course does look very scenic :-) I love that medal too! The honker’s ale was a good pick!


    Lisa @ Early Morning Run March 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    yay!! congrats on the awesome finish & PR! I definitely think that any runner who finishes a half or longer deserves to wear their medal all day long! you worked hard to get that!


    Jess (Fit Chick in the City) March 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Congrats on the pr! I can’t wait to cheer you on this upcoming Sunday in Central Park!


    Aggie March 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

    What a gorgeous medal! I loved following you guys all in DC for the race. Congrats on a great run!!


    Christina March 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Congrats!! Looked like a great time


    MegaNerd March 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I think you got the wrong medal!!

    Mine says “half-marathon” and has a picture of the supreme court!!


    Holley @ Lunges and Lashes March 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Nice job! I have a marathon in 3 weeks. I get so excited I just want it to be here now! Way to go!


    Elina (Healthy and Sane) March 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Yay, so proud of you lady. You’ll be catching up with Mal soon 😉


    Monica April 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Congrats on that awesome timing! Nicely done!


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