On Sunday, I ran the Dallas Rock ‘n Roll half marathon. It was my 5th time running this race, and third time as a part of Team Chocolate Milk. I look forward to it every year. Coming off of fall/winter marathon training, the energy and excitement of this race (not to mention that it’s a HALF) can’t be beat. 🙂
I went to the expo on Saturday, picked up my bib, and over to the We Run Social meet up. I saw several others from Team Chocolate Milk so that was fun.
It did seem like the expo has gotten smaller to me though. Some of the things we were needing to get weren’t there, but I did get a few Larabar samples.
I drove in with my daughter on race morning, after making a wrong turn and parking 15 minutes later than planned, then made my way to the VIP lounge to grab a snack and check my bag. I drank my UCAN, and had a few minutes to meet some other teammates as well.
Then I met up with my friends from my running group. I think this was the biggest group we’ve had go, and for some of them it was their first Rock ‘n Roll race.
We made our way to our different corrals, and I was so ready to run 13 miles (and not 26)!
Notice the tank. Yeah, it wasn’t cold. Like at all.
I had no idea what to expect to run, but I had set two loose goals earlier in the week:
1. Under 2 hours. (realistic goal)
2. 1:55 (stretch goal)
I thought these were manageable because a) it wasn’t a marathon, b) I ran 2:01 last year the day after a 2 hour trainer ride, and c) it wasn’t a marathon. 😉
But I forgot to account for the warm weather. Temps were high 60s at the start. And I truly forgot about the hilly second half.
I cruised along the first several miles not really looking at my pace, just glancing down at the mile splits when my Garmin buzzed.
Miles 1-5: 8:57, 8:38, 8:50, 8:31, 8:42
I was definitely on track for sub 2.
Then the hill (on-ramp) to get to the bridge hit.
Mile 6: 9:24
The bridge is long and straight though once you get up there, but there are several hills over the next few miles. I never really recovered my pace from the initial climb.
Miles 7-9: 9:05, 9:41, 10:37
Mile 9 really got me and I walked up that little mountain for a minute to catch my breath. All the hills in Cowtown were still in my legs.
I took a couple more short walk breaks in the last few miles, a few cups of water dumped over my head at aid stations. The sun was bright and I lost the 2 hour goal. I focused on finishing and smiling. I was hot, but I knew there was a nice finish and cold chocolate milk waiting for me.
Miles 10-13: 10:04, 9:56, 10:53, 10:22
Then a downhill tunnel finish cheered on by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
My official finish time was 2:06:37.
The chocolate milk was refreshing as always. Here’s why I always recover with chocolate milk – it’s science.
For the first time ever I opted for a post-race massage, where I discovered I had a knot on the side of each calf muscle. Ow! I need to work on rolling those out.
I found my daughter and we spent some time on the lawn watching the concert before I took her back to school.
It may not have been the time on the clock I wanted, but it was a great race and a lot of fun.