Last Saturday, my husband and I ran the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. This was our 22nd(!) half marathon. Little did we know when we ran it as our first half marathon two years ago that we would get hooked on that distance!
I wish I could say we had done better training between the Portland Rock 'n' Roll and this race, but that's not the case. Life has been so busy lately that we have had a hard time getting in a lot of running. Having run the distance so many times before, we knew we could do it, but we really had no expectations for time. Since we had a wedding to go to after the race, we knew we just needed to finish in a reasonable time.
The day was cool to start but quickly warmed up. I usually end up overdressing for races because I hate to be cold at the beginning;. For once, though, I was dressed just right: running skirt over compression shorts and the short-sleeved race shirt. I was cool at the start but not unbearably so, and except when we were running in the sun during the hottest part of the race, I wasn’t too warm either.
The race went very well the first half. I had picked up a pace chart at the expo and could see we were slightly ahead of schedule for running a 2:45ish half, which is what I secretly hoped but didn’t expect. Then we got to the hills that are in the second half, and our pace gradually slowed down. Someday I will master the art of negative splits, but I have not done that yet–maybe I can find a half marathon that has all downhill at the end, LOL! Our time was a little slower than either Portland this year or Seattle Rock ’n' Roll last year, 2:58. That’s still way better than our first time doing Seattle Rock ’n' Roll (3:24).
I know not everyone is a fan of big races like the Rock ’n' Roll series, but i enjoy them when they are organized well, and the RnR races I’ve done have been. We’re already signed up to do Portland and Seattle again next year, and we’re looking at the possibility of doing the San Antonio Rock ’n' Roll with a friend in November. It doesn’t hurt that they offer extra medals for doing multiple RnR events–we will get four medals each for doing Portland and Seattle, and an extra one for each additional RnR race we do.
Next up will likely be the Kent Cornucopia Days 5K, then the See Jane Run Half Marathon in July for me and Ragnar Northwest Passage for both my husband and me. At the moment, that’s as far as our race calendar goes, but I know we’ll be adding more. Having races to look forward to helps get us out the door to run more often!