I’m usually pretty bad at keeping secrets. I only discussed the possibility of this idea with a few select people, partly to keep it a secret, and partly because I was afraid of the reaction that I’d get if I publicly discussed the debate that I had been having with myself. I only put this plan into action last week and slowly started sharing this with others. For a number of reasons, I opted to wait until the last minute to share.
You may recall that I’m a Rock ‘n’ Blogger. This year as a Rock ‘n’ Blogger I received a complimentary global tour pass, which gives me the opportunity to run all of the Rock ‘n’ Roll series races in 2016 that I want to. If only travel funds and time off from work were endless, because there are a lot of races that I’d like to run and a lot of cities that I’d like to travel to.
In our Rock ‘n’ Blog Facebook group a number of other bloggers shared their plans to run Rock ‘n’ Roll DC this coming weekend. As more bloggers shared their plans, I started to get fear of missing out. I know that I shouldn’t ever make decisions based on FOMO, but I’ll admit, that did play a small role in my decision for this coming weekend.
Then a couple of weeks ago Rock ‘n’ Roll revealed this medal – a challenge medal that participants who complete Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, Virginia Beach, and Philly will receive in September after completing the third of the three races in Philly. You all know that I’m always up for a fun challenge!
That medal spurred my motivation even more. I really badly wanted to do whatever I could to participate in Rock ‘n’ Roll DC. I thought about running the 5k, but it starts in a completely different area of town than the half and full marathons do, so I’d miss out on meeting up with others prior to the start of the race. Plus, I wouldn’t be eligible to earn the Eastern Odyssey medal if I ran the 5k. Although I haven’t 100% committed to Virginia Beach or Philly yet, I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to earn this medal.
If by this point you haven’t already figured out my secret, its that I’ll be running/walking Rock ‘n’ Roll DC on Saturday (as long as my foot is cooperating). My ZOOMA Annapolis training plan calls for a long run of 7-8 miles this weekend, so my game plan for Saturday is to run the first 7-8 miles and walk the remaining 5-6 miles of the half marathon. If I could run/walk Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly back in October at 32 weeks pregnant (which I ran 3 miles of and walked the remaining 10), then I’m confident that I can run/walk DC this weekend. I love running races as training runs, but I also don’t want to overdo it on Saturday, which is why I won’t push my postpartum fitness further than I should at this point and won’t attempt to run the entire race.
If you’re registered for DC and want the chance to earn the Eastern Odyssey medal, then its time to start thinking about registering for Virginia Beach and Philly. And you can save $15 off of each of those races by using discount code DANCINGTORUNNING.
I last ran Rock ‘n’ Roll DC (then named USA) back in 2014, so I’m excited to revisit this race. I love that the course takes runners past some of the monuments, but then also winds through DC neighborhoods that aren’t usually included in other DC races. And the current weather forecast is looking great for this coming weekend, which has me even more excited to kick off my 2016 race season with RnRDC! And many thanks to those of you who were my sounding board as I debated registering for this race, especially Krissy, Kathleen, and my husband, because if it weren’t for you guys then I may have not registered for this race.
QOTD: What was/is your first race of 2016?