Last Sunday, I ran my 8th half marathon at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Dallas half. This was also my first Rock and Roll run and it was a blast! I got a PR but I had to work hard for this one! This race was on my Dream Runs list and I’m so excited that I get to cross it off! I hope to cross off several more runs this year!
The Expo: The expo was at the Dallas Convention Center. This was the biggest expo that I’ve ever been too! The brooks display was amazing! They had a mechanical shoe that you ride, a big volcano were you could race a shoe up a mountain, and you could be fitted for a shoe. I bought some more nuun, they had a sale: 2 for 10 and a free water bottle!
What I Wore: I wore a long sleeves shirt with my favorite skirt from Lululemon, Oiselle bra, BIC Band, and Pro Compression socks. I also ran with my ipod, watch, and 10 tissues. And yes, I used almost all of the tissues.
Before: My wake up call was 5:45AM for an 8AM race. I wanted to have plenty of time to eat my breakfast. I ate most of a chocolate chip bagel from Panera and a few pretzel M&Ms right when I woke up. I took my Advocare O2 Gold at 7AM (I love this stuff!!) During: I brought one package of cliff shot blocks and ate one right before we started. I planned on eating the whole package but they stayed in my pocket the whole race… whoops. I did use 2 nuun tablets though. After: I refueled like a champ with Chipotle, Sprinkles, and a cookie from Whole Foods. And I took my Advocare Nighttime Recovery when I went to bed!
The Race: They had 16 corrals and I was in corral 2, so I got to start right after the 1st group went! I stayed with the 1:45 pacers for the first 5 miles. When I hit mile 5 my left shoulder started hurting really bad, I had sharp pain for about 2 minutes- I had to stop and walk for about 30 seconds. I never saw the pacers again. I was so frustrated, mile 6 and 7 were my slowest around 8:30 paces. At mile 9 I really picked it up and ran a 7:49 mile, mile 10 was 7:50ish. I slowed down a little over the next 3 miles but I pushed harder than I’ve ever pushed before and I was able to get a 3-minute PR. My watched said we ran 13.22 miles, my time was 1:46:29.
Terrain: The course was pretty flat. There were 2 big hills but other than it was pretty flat.
Post Race Food/Drinks: They had great post race snacks! They had 2 different kinds of chocolate milk, Gatorade, water, pretzels, bagels, Power bars, Jimmy Johns, and a few other things! They even had fruit, bagels, and water bottles at the starting area.
Weather: It was 47 when we started and dropped a few degrees throughout the race. The wind was pretty insane. I think running in the wind is the worst condition you can run in.
Port-A-Potties: They had plenty of port-a-potties at the start and throughout the race. I went twice before the race started.
Entertainment: The entertainment was good on the course, they has several bands and some cheerleading groups there cheering us on! The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders were at the finish line.
Number of Times I’ve Ran This Race: This was my first time.
Would I Run This Race Again: Yes!!
The Hotel and What I Packed: We stayed at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, it was a very nice hotel. The hotel lobby was very fancy and the rooms were pretty nice too. One thing that I didn’t like was the valv parking. You had to use the valv parking to park in the hotel parking lot, other wise you had to park in a public parking lot, which still cost money and was a few blocks away. So we just used their valv, that cost 28 dollars a day. They also had a wedding at the hotel on Saturday and of course our room was right beside the glass roof of the reception area. The wedding had a live band and we could hear every word of every song until midnight, so it was a very late night for me. Ben talked to the manger about this and he said that several other guests had complained, so he gave us half off of our room! This was awesome!
I packed a few different options for the run. I’m glad I did this because it was colder than expected. We also packed some snacks for the road!
Overall: This was a great race! I really enjoy getting to run big races. The atmosphere is so great. This race taught me that even if my race plan gets messed up in the middle, I can still have a great race if I push hard till the end! I was still a little sick when I ran, and the wind did not make it better, but I got through it!