I actually loved the doughnuts. When I saw them at Mile 22, and saw we'd pass them again at Mile 24...that totally kept me going through Crystal City. I thought it was a great motivator, and I loved the sugar rush!
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Fitness Minutes: (8,226) Posts: 268 11/3/11 8:38 A
I am with you on the food! Who can wait until mile 9 for fuel?! And oranges? That's typically my post-run choice.. in the summer! I did use the ClifShots gel and the Sports Beans, but I, too, passed on the doughnuts. I don't want to complain too much, because it was a well-run race, the post-race food box was good, just wierd on-course choices!
And yes, totally with you on the bag claim. I debated whether or not to keep my running jacket on (under my throw-away sweater), and opted to hang onto it. SOOO glad that I did. I ended with it tied around my waist, and when I first finished, the space blanket was too hot for me. Then it felt good. Then it wasn't enough, and I was thrilled to have another layer to put back on! I think it was about another good 1/4 mile or so after you left the runner's finish area before you got to the baggage trucks, wouldn't you say?
I normally train with a fuel belt but didn't want to be bothered on race day, so I definitely used the hydration stations. They were well-placed, about every 2 miles, and TONS of people manning them! They were also really good about yelling out "keep going for water", so that you wouldn't get crowded up by the Gatorade if you just wanted water.
Just to touch on the whole bio breaks again.. if you are one of those free spirits who can use the woods, there are many options in the first 8 miles. After that, you're right smack in downtown DC and Georgetown, the sidewalks are lined with spectators and you will likely NOT be peeing al fresco! Along the golf course, however, there are public restrooms off to the side, and they didn't seem to be too crowded, either. Maybe people didn't notice them as much (they are octagonal-shaped little buildings that appear to have been built in the 70s).
Good call parking at Roslyn before.. getting out of there with anything but your own transportation was crazy!
On this one, it was all about being ready for the weather. I had brought cold weather gear, but really did not think I would need it. (I was glad I had it) It was COLD! The food setup was weird, on the course, I like what they had, but the spacing between food station were too far part. and I've never wanted doughnuts while running (BRING your own running food) I didn't use the hydration station, I run with hydration Pak. One thing I didn't like too much is the distance between the finish line and pickup point for baggage, it took awhile to work my way over to baggage pickup. By the time I got there I was BONE cold. PortPotty - they need a light on those things, so you can decide, to stop or not. (I lucked out, the only time I stopped, there was not wait) On transportation, did the subway all weekend worked well, would do it again.
Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. (Pema Chodon)
Crystal City is nice. That is where the wife and i go when we get a night on the town. I live here locally and they were doing track work on my line so I decided to drive and the secretary at work gave me a great tip on where to park.
Fitness Minutes: (8,226) Posts: 268 11/2/11 11:39 A
I stayed in Crystal City, and it would have been longer for me to take the metro to the Pentagon than to just walk.. so I walked. There were so many runners in my hotel that I was easily able to find a few to walk over with. Also, I stayed in Embassy Suites, and they specifically opened the breakfast buffet early that day for the runners.. definitely nice to have!
Get to the expo early, preferably Thursday or Friday.. it was MOBBED on Saturday!
When you get there, if there's a tent outside, check it out before you wait in security line to go in. I got inside before realizing that I needed to pick up my bib out at the tent!
Take the Metro to the expo. We drove, and it was pure insanity!
Bring different clothing options. I was lucky, and I did, but if I hadn't, I would have been in a pickle. It got very cold and very crummy quickly! Day of the race was beautiful, but still freezing, and I was much less nervous knowing that I had options.
Most port-a-johns along the route had lines... except for the ones on the mall which is where the 10K started.. and there were dozens of them! I wish I'd waited for one of those instead of standing in line for one at mile 8!!
After the race, the line for the Roslyn Metro snaked out between buildings and into the next block... unless you walked up to the Metro, and got in the OTHER line which was about 50 ft long. (we got in that one, yay!)
We stayed in DC that night, too, so that I wouldn't have to sit in a car for 4 hours after the marathon. We also walked around that evening (after a shower!) to keep my legs moving. We had just enough time to spend about 20 minutes in the Museum of Natural History.. long enough for a 7-year old to see the T-Rex!
If you are counting on using the fuel on-course, be aware that the first stop wasn't until mile 9... that was too long for me, so I supplemented with my own fuel.
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