The decision to do this race actually happened while at a Blazers game against the Wizards. Michael and I thought it would be fun to go to a Blazers away game, and what better place than DC, since we could stay with my parents? And….as I was looking at the schedule, it just so happened that the Blazers were playing the Wizards at home the Monday after the DC Rock n Roll race! So of course the first thing I did was email my brother to see if he’d be up for it. And he was! So plans were made! I registered for the race and Michael got the Blazers tickets!
This was my first race as a member of Team SunRype. Around mile 2 or 3, I heard a “hey SunRype girl!” and it was actually my brother who had to poke me and say “you know they’re talking to you, right?” They told me that their friends who were also on the team were running too. Further along the course nearing the end, I saw 3 other girls on the team running. They had stopped under a bridge to take a picture (I think). I stopped for a second to say hi, but my brother was flying and it was obvious he wasn’t going to stop…..so I kept running to keep up with him.
The weather was AWFUL. Rainy, cold, windy. I have the best boyfriend in the world who not only fought through the weather, but also an injured foot to cheer us on at the race, making sure to be there at the start and then further along the course. We finished the race with a PR for my brother, so that rocked. It was also fun running through my old neighborhood and seeing how much DC has changed in the 3.5 years that I’ve been gone. But I run in the rain enough in Portland, it would have been nice to have had a dry race this time.