When I decided that I wanted to run a half marathon, I wanted my first one to be an "event". There are several fun ones out there - The Rock n Roll series, the Diva series, and of course, the Nike Women's events. Nike was a lottery. I figured I would sign up, and if I didn't get in, I would have a back up. If you are a reader, you know that I did indeed get a lottery draw into the inaugural Nike Women's Half in DC. Perfect location ~ 6 hours if the highway cooperates and a nice relatively flat, scenic course.
The Mister and I decided that taking the kids for a weekend might be a bit much. As much as I would have loved to have had them there, I have to agree if only because of the heinous traffic I endured in both directions. That left me to find a hotel and hopefully roommates to reduce costs. A fellow runner had turned me onto a virtual group of women runners, Team Victorious. Many of them had met already in the Nike San Francisco runs, and they are largely based in the west coast. Thankfully, I was welcomed into the fold just in time to make some connections for the trip. I met one of my roommates by picking her up at the airport! She came in from San Diego, while my other roomie flew in from Alaska. Yep - you read that right, ALASKA!!
If you are unfamiliar with the Nike Women's events, they are just as they imply... largely women focused. The expo had sports bra fittings, makeup and hair. Ha! Just what I need to prepare for a half marathon. Pigtails and a clean face are about the most I manage before a run. They are also a supporter for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Societies, so also good causes.
The thing about traveling for a race is that you have to manage to get rest and not overdo the sightseeing before you get to the whole reason you are there. I decided to help break up the trip by stopping in NYC to visit with a friend. I also got the side bonus of visiting an actual Athleta store... my little mecca LOL. It was so great to go into an actual store. If I hadn't, I would have definitely bought the wrong size. And seeing that the XS in my running skirt fit was a nice little boost prior to the race. Of course, visiting with my dear friend was also fantastic, and breaking the trip into parts was key. I even got a beautiful run in along the East River on Friday morning. minorly brutal. Let's just leave it at this - the NJ Parkway HATES me, and DC traffic wasn't my biggest fan either.
The next leg between NYC and DC was
But I made it safely, which is what is important. I even managed to pick up my teammate/roommate at the airport. Just one small wrong turn thanks to my GPS before hitting the hotel, and we were in DC. Stay tuned for Saturday's sightseeing in pictures!