Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington D.C. half marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!
Thirteen point one miles. Nearly as many stages.
I’m excited for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington D.C. half marathon, which is coming up on Saturday, March 11.
I was thinking back on my races, and from what I can recall, the longest race I’ve ever run in Washington, D.C., is a 5K. It will be fun to see the city from the running perspective and view monuments, waterfront and the different sites. (Here’s the map.)
This will be my first race in partnership with BibRave, and I’m also looking forward to interacting with other BibRave Pros — and any other #bibchatters and other runners who may want to chat.
If you’ve been following this blog, you know that earlier this year, I did The Louisiana Marathon and the Algonquin 50K. Although it’s always a good idea to do speed work, I haven’t done any this year and I have not been extremely fast recently.
I am pretty much always running enough that I don’t follow any kind of plan when I’m training for a half marathon. I’m sure a plan could help with getting faster or achieving a specific goal, but I haven’t been too focused on that lately.
So, I really don’t know what to expect at this race as far as how I’ll do. I put down 2:10 as an estimated finish time, based on my 2:07:27 time at the Rehoboth Seashore Half Marathon. However, since I’m sure I won’t hit any new personal records, I may even decide to take photos during the race — something I don’t normally do but have done on occasion. We’ll see.
I also live in an extremely flat area — we notice the smallest hills around here — and it looks like there’s at least one really big hill on the course.
I haven’t done a Rock ‘n’ Roll race before, and I’m excited to see what it’s all about — this is the series’ 20th anniversary year! Seeing all the bands will be fun, and I expect it will be motivating and something to look forward to as I make my way through the course.
I was able to get off work on Friday, March 10, so I’ll be attending the race expo that day. I will be staying with family and coming back to the city the next morning for the race. The half marathon starts at 8:30 a.m., so the Metro will be open. (Full marathoners will not have access to the Metro because of the start time.) I plan to ride the Metro in both days to save money on parking and decrease stress about driving in the city.
While on the Rock ‘n’ Roll website, I also stumbled across some discounts for race participants at restaurants and other attractions, which is pretty cool. (Find those here.) I also downloaded the race app.
All of the specific information about the half marathon, full marathon and 5K can be found here. The marathon begins at 7 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8 a.m. and the half marathon at 8:30 a.m.
Washington, D.C. is the first Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series race of the year. If you’d like to join me at this race for the half or full marathon, use the code BIBRAVE15 to save $15 on registration.
Live far away or more interested in another city? The code will work for other Rock ‘n’ Roll races, as well. Here’s the full list of 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll races. Some of the races are out of the United States, so to see the particular monetary amounts you will save, see my list of Race & Gear Discounts.
Get more information on the race at the race website, and follow the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @runrocknroll. Check out the BibRave reviews for the race at BibRave.com.
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