On March 26, 2011 I did the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon. My first race over 5 miles and I'm so glad I had the chance of running it. Besides running with over 16,000 people at 7 am with below 30 degrees weather, I ran thru places in Washington DC that I haven't seen before. The race started at the RFK Stadium and passed Union Station, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and other areas of DC which are very flat, making it a fast and enjoyable race.
When the race started I was concentrated in finding open spaces and picking up my pace which was a little frustrating with people blocking the way. By mile 3 and at a 6:52 pace I heard one older women tell another "look ahead not down, you see all those heads out there, that's beautiful and we are part of it don't forget this moment" when I heard that it hit me that I'm nowhere near or it wasnt my goal to come run this to win it but to prove myself that i could finish it under 2 hours. I'm glad that I ran it without my IPod and was able to hear that. Around mile 5 I stopped to use the bathroom and took my time. Near mile 6 I spotted a sign by some of the amazing DC people chearing on that said "Chuck Norris never ran a marathon" it put a smile in my face and I picked up my pace finishing in 1:34 and coming in 801st place out of 9221.
The people cheering on the runners were amazing, non-stop from the start to finish and the views of the city were breathtaking and cannot wait for it again in 2012.