I had a chance at a bib, and I took it. And now it looks like I’m running the National Half on Saturday.
Yep, 6 days after running the Shamrock Half, 8 days before running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I’m running another half marathon.
I think I have a problem. And that problem is? I want more medals. No, seriously. Jen lovingly calls it being a “medal-whore” and I think she’s right. If the stars align she might even join me on Saturday, but as of now, my slow ass will be running the streets of DC (and there are HILLS, people, HILLS) alone. (Unless there is another soul out there, that runs my pace, reading this who is running it too?)
If you read the description of the course on the website it actually sounds very interesting. Let me tell you this from someone who has been here 7 years (that’s almost native on these parts): the course is crap. Sure, you run a bit on the National Mall, that’s only a couple of miles out of 13. At least it’s not the whole marathon — those running the marathon run through Anacostia! Anacostia people! That’s the place that if you get lost there, in the middle of the day, you start praying that you don’t get robbed. Or killed. We stay AWAY from Anacostia, not run in it. (Luckily, the half does not go there. Hitting Anacostia on those late miles when there’s nothing to see? Those of us who have run the Marine Corps Marathon can attest to it: boring Hains Point still beats the crap out of that. At least it’s pretty on Hains Point. And there are no daily homicides there.)
All complaints aside, it really is the only half-marathon (and marathon, for that matter), in DC. Marine Corps starts and end in Arlington, VA, so it’s not considered a DC race.
My friends who ran it last year, hated this race. And yet, here I am running it. That medal better be worth it! Please tell me I’m not the only one who runs races just to get more medals?