The Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh weekend continued as we prepared for the half marathon on Sunday. My fiance ran the 5k but she got up with us on Sunday and came to the start line to see us off and cheered us on along the course.
On Saturday afternoon my Fiance and I went back to the race expo to take our time and browse around as we were real rushed the night before when we got there a few minutes before it closed. There were booths from all kinds of running companies but my favorite part of the expo was the Geico booth! Why you ask? They had a TV screen where they were showing runners instagram photos from different RnR races and MY photo was on there from the 5k that morning! So I guess we can say I’m pretty much famous now!😉
We went out to eat Saturday evening at Fiction Kitchen, a vegan restaurant in Raleigh. Last time we went there, about two years ago, I wasn’t over the hill thrilled with it. I can’t even remember what I got back than, but I remember not being amazed by it. Now I feel guilty about thinking that because this time around it was beyond amazing! I ordered a BBQ “pork” plate with mashed potatoes and veggies.
It wasn’t long after dinner that we went back to the hotel room and started getting ready for our early wake-up call in the morning.
The alarm always sounds too early on race day. That feeling knowing that you are waking up to soon run 13-miles, knowing that in a couple of hours you will be done and at the finish line watching other runners accomplish what might be their first marathon or their 20th… but first you have got up out of bed.
Our hotel was right there at the start line so we were able to hang out in the warm lobby until start time came around. The temperatures this morning were a bit colder than yesterday, so you can imagine I had many more layers on than my ‘Flat Rachel’ (pictured above) implies!
My parents and I were bundled in winter hats, gloves, long socks… pretty much the whole winter closet got torn apart at home to grab anything and everything to keep us warm for the 28 degree race morning temperatures! Needless to say, when I passed off my winter hat (along with two jackets, my gloves, and a pair of socks) to my Fiance at mile three I had major hat hair!
The race started and we were off to start the third annual Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Half Marathon. The course started and my parents and I stuck together for a few miles. We encouraged each other to keep moving through the frigid weather and to finish strong! I was excited that the course started pretty flat… I made the mistake of getting my hopes up that the course would continue like this! haha
The sun didn’t start waking up until we got around mile two, but I guarantee after that point I tried to run in the sun as much as I could!
Around mile four I split from my parents and ran ahead of them. The rest of the course was pretty tough. I never fully prepare myself for those dreaded hills! That’s where my pace really slowed and I knew at that point I wasn’t going to beat my time from last year, but I was still determined to cross that finish line no matter my time!
Before I knew it I was at mile ten and decided to pick up my pace. That’s where I typically try to speed up the process a bit because from that point it’s only a 5k distance to the finish line!
Three point one miles later I was at the finish line accomplishing another half marathon!
This was such a hard race! If it wasn’t for the Raleigh hills I most likely would have made a much better time but those hills always sneak up to you! It wasn’t too long after I finished that my Fiance and I cheered on my parents for coming in and earning their half marathon medal! My mom even got a shout out when the announcer mentioned the candy necklace she was wearing! “That’s brilliant! That way you always have a bit of sugar to keep you going on the course!!”
We conquered those Raleigh hills and completed this race for the third year in a row! I can’t express into words how very proud of my parents I am! They strive in every race they do and are simply amazing!!
We have run this race ever since Raleigh started hosting this event and we have already signed up for next year’s 5k AND half marathon! Lesson learned… prepare for the hills!
Who else will we see at next years RnR Raleigh event?