Denver Rock N Roll Half Marathon Recap

October 18. 2016

So guess what? I survived!

Haha yes, I finished the Denver Rock N Roll Half - not quite as well as I'd wanted to run since my legs just died out on me early on, but I did stay within my guessing range and I finished and am feeling great afterward. So let's get to the recap!

Since I live in Colorado Springs and the race was in Denver, I was up not so bright but super early. I packed plenty of fuel but only ended up eating one Lara bar, the banana and half the bread with almond butter. I also had coffee, water, and my pre-workout which, in the end, I couldn't really take since I left it in my car over an hour before the start.

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I also had all my gear laid out and ready to go: my SpiBelt with Clif Shot Bloks for running fuel inside, headphones, visor for the sun, USB cord for the car ride to charge my phone, and my Garmin Forerunner 350, which I think I've had for four or five years? It's still working great and I love it!

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Lastly, a bag of just about anything else I'd need, plus my clothes to go to brunch with a couple friends afterward!

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The drive was generally uneventful, however, 10 minutes in I realized I forgot my wallet and had to go home and get that! Otherwise, I was up to Denver in no time and ready for the race! I was there plenty early in hopes of meeting up with some Tone It Up girls, but it turns out no one could make it at the 6:30 time I'd set and by 6:50 I was anxious to find a restroom and my corral before the race started!

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Well, turns out the race didn't start until 7:15... haha but I had plenty of time to take a photo of the beautiful start line, stretch out a bit and get excited! Then we were off!

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The course wove through downtown, which I loved because I recognized so many of the areas and places we ran by, and then we were off towards City Park. Here's where things started to feel long to me and I could NOT get my legs to run much faster than a 10:10 pace. The course definitely had a few more hills than I anticipated, which also were not helping my legs! I was a little frustrated because I'd been training faster than that, but I knew my goal for this race was to finish, so I focused on that instead and trying to enjoy all the gorgeous fall trees and the run through the park.

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Before I knew it we were heading back towards downtown. Those last few miles really flew by for me and suddenly we were almost at the finish (hallelujah) and I was able to sprint the rest of the downhill to get there. Plus my friend, Maddie, was watching and snapped a few pictures!

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AND I WAS FINISHED! In the middle of the race I was dying for it to end but by the end, I couldn't believe it had gone by so quickly. Isn't that how everything goes in life?

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Afterward, I found my friend Bailey from Kansas City who is the one who convinced me to do this race in the first place! It was great to see a familiar face (we saw each other twice on the course too!) and know that someone was doing it with me!

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So there you have it! Here are all my official stats (you can see I started off faster and ended slower), but I did pretty well!

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Overall, I enjoyed the experience although I'm glad it's done! I always feel a little lost after a race so my upcoming plan is to do two weeks of the 21 Day Fix workouts, and then on November 1st Core De Force comes out!!! AHHHH I'm nervous and excited for that one! I know it's going to KICK MY BUTT but I think it's time for a new program to do just that! As always, you're welcome to join me and do the program with me! I'd love some support and accountability of my own!