My first race of 2017 is finally here. On Saturday I’ll be running the streets of DC as I run Rock ‘n’ Roll DC for the third time. I first ran this race back in 2014, only weeks after facing a major health issue. I had to walk more of the race than I would have liked to. Last year, I ran the first eight miles of the race as a training run for ZOOMA Annapolis, and then walked the rest of the race.
This year will be the first time that I’m actually able to “race” this race. And I couldn’t be more excited about it.
The course for Rock ‘n’ Roll DC is far from an easy one. It is quite hilly, the steepest hill being Calvert Hill just past the mile 6 marker. But one of the things that I love about the RnRDC course is that it isn’t the cookie cutter DC half marathon course. The course goes through both Rock Creek Park as well as Adams Morgan, in addition to several residential areas. And the crowd support is always amazing.
The past ten weeks of training have been quite productive, and I have high expectations for what I will be able to accomplish on Saturday. My three goals are:
Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:13:17 (10:10 pace)
Goal B – Finish the race in under 2:15:42 (10:22 pace), which is my current half marathon PR
Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:17:39 (10:30 pace)
I know that I have put in the hard work, and have run countless hills during my training. I am a tad worried about the weather, and how that will impact my running. The forecast seems to be changing every hour, so I’m crossing my fingers that there will not be any rain Saturday morning during the race.
Here’s to a great first race of 2017!
QOTD: Who else is racing this weekend? What race are you running?