Hope the sun is shining down your way and you’re having a great Monday! The weather is crazy beautiful in Dallas today. I am loving it! Let’s recap Sunday’s race, shall we?
As some of you know I was so thankful to get the opportunity thanks to Brooks to run the Rock n Roll Dallas half marathon on Sunday. I absolutely love this race and try to run it just about every year! Since completing a few ultras in the last year (50k, then my first 50 miler last May and my first 100 miler this past February) its funny because the 13.1 distance feels kind of short to me now. But that’s perfect because I was able to work on my speed and push the pace a bit!
I made my way to the health and fitness expo on Saturday to pick up my race swag. As always the expo is crazy packed with people so we made our way in and out of there. I am loving the race shirts this year with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in the background. Nice little touch.
Race morning me and my homegirl Tracy hitched a ride with a sweet friend who offered to give us a ride to the race site. I was so very grateful for her friend for giving us the ride because the traffic and parking was crazy. We did a little warm up and of course had a little photoshoot, because that is what runners do.
We are kind of a big deal.
We lined up to the start and went our own ways. She is my training buddy but is a tad faster than me so I was off on my own. I turned my music up and was off. Coming off of running the 100 miler just last month I just knew I wanted to push the pace a bit and definitely try for sub 2 hours. I would have been happy with 1:59:59! I honestly did not taper AT ALL for this race. I just love to run and have been doing a lot of it. I got in a total of 67 miles last week, doing a few two a days. So I kind of wanted to test my legs and see how they would do without a taper.
Temps were soaring that day, getting into the 80s. Perfect poolside weather! But not the most ideal for racing. It was crazy humid too and the course is a tad hilly. So I had a few obstacles in my way but I did not give up and fought the heat and humidity. I had several miles well under a 8 minute pace but once we hit the hills at mile 9 combined with the temps I felt like toast. Then the race heads back downhill into downtown and I was able to pick back up where I’d left off with the pace. I honestly did not know how I’d do since I finished this race in 1:54 last year but I totally exceeded my expectations and ran it in under 1:50. Hello, 1:48:23! Course PR for me so I was a happy camper.
Such a fun day overall and I am so thankful for these strong legs for carrying me though. 13.1 number 31 is done.
How was your weekend? Did anyone else run Rock n Roll Dallas?
27 thoughts on “2017 Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon Recap.”
Congrats on your Course PR!! That’s awesome to finish in the top 10%
Wow you smashed your time from last year. Inspiration right there
Well thanks so much!!
Awesome run and congrats on PR in this tough condition!
Thank you John! I will be catching up with you soon on Grasslands!! Hope all is well!
Wow, awesome job! Very impressive!
Haha, I was on the struggle bus on Sunday! I’m still fighting some IT band issues, plus the heat and humidity were no joke. I did have fun, though! It’s really one of my favorite races and even though the course is hilly, it’s gorgeous! I loved all of the cowboy spectators, too!
Aw wish I would have seen u, girl! Oh yeah, the cowboys out there were fun!!!
Congrats on a great race and new PR! 🙂 I’m enjoying your posts, and I can’t wait for MN to heat up as well!
Thanks for visiting girl!! I’ll go check out your blog 😊
congrats on the great race and PR, awesome run!!
Congratulations! Such an inspiration! Ran my second half marathon 2 days ago. And I am so inspired to cut down my time for the next one! A post like this is so motivating and inspiering! Thank you for that! Well done for such a good result!
Sweet! Congrats on your 2nd half, lady!! That’s awesome!
Looks like a lot of fun, and a great race! Congrats also on the 31st 13. 🙂
Congrats on your course PR! Those unexpected good runs are the best!
Thanks! I was just happy to be feeling good after 100 miles 🙂 See u in SD!
I knew you would overcome those obstacles and kill it with a PR! Congrats!
Thank you sweetie! I always enjoy this race!
I know right!
Whoa. Top 10%! Nice job lady! Gunning for top 10% again for the RnR SD marathon?
haha are you stalking me?! 😉 Can’t wait for SD, girl!! It will definitely be fun, see you then!
LOL. Maybe? 😛 See you then!
#1—you CRUSHED that half marathon! way to go girl!! #2—that medal totally looks like the epcot ball and thats all i can think of everytime i look at it lol.
haha yeah the reunion tower in Dallas does kind of look like Epcot at the top! Funny!