Thinking Spring (and Giveaway!)

I don’t know about all of you, but I am loving this unseasonably warm weather. Perhaps it isn’t unseasonable. Maybe spring really is here. Given that it is the first official day of spring, it would be nice if this weather were here to stay. (Note: super exciting giveaway details to follow)

This past weekend, I went to DC for a conference/race trip. I love DC. I truly think it is the most beautiful city in the world. I flew in early to take advantage of the spring weather with a run around the National Mall, my most favorite place to run. It was gorgeous. The cherry blossoms were just starting to open and the weather was warm and sunny.

After doing a few days of work things, I met up with my DC friend to run the Rock N Roll USA Half Marathon. This was the inaugural running of the USA half and we loved it.

Here are some of the high points: First, we loved the wave start. There were approximately 20,000 people running (in both the half and full marathons), and we were all organized in waves based on pace per mile. Since the first half of the full marathon was the half marathon, it made organizing waves easy. The waves were timed starts, so the race never really felt crowded. Sure, there were people as far as the eye could see in either direction, but I didn’t feel like I was squished. In fact, I felt free to run whatever pace I wished the whole time. I thought the start was very well organized. I loved the crowd support on the course. I was really impressed by the number of people who had come out to support the runners. I saw lots of clever handmade signs, and some neighborhoods even had their own water/beer stops set up. Everyone was cheering and having a great time. The bands along the course were excellent. My favorite group was an all-female drum line. They were outstanding. All along the course were musical acts ranging from a country singer to children rapping. The mix was eclectic and created a fun atmosphere. I thought the course was wonderful. I enjoyed racing past the Capitol and the legislative office buildings. I had fun running through neighborhoods and around DC. The entire race was well organized. There was plenty to drink at aid stations, a well-marked course, and helpful volunteers. Finally, the finish chute was well-organized. We were able to pass through smoothly, picking up our medals and an assortment of the usual food along the way. All in all, I would recommend the Rock N Roll USA races.

Results of the Rock N Roll USA races are here.

Today, I went on my first real spring run with my local running friend. It was a lovely day for a run. It was cool, but the air felt like spring. It was wonderful. The running felt easy, the company was good, and the weather was amazing. Mornings like today are one of the reasons I love running – though I could do without the spider webs of thousands of spring-happy spiders.


And now for the giveaway…

In honor of spring, I’m thinking more about my hydration strategies. I’m looking forward to sunny runs and warm temperatures. That means I need to pay more attention to my hydration. A new product I’ve been trying is Drip Drop. You can read my review of this unique product, or, to try for yourself, you can enter my new giveaway. To enter, like my page on Facebook by clicking this link: Dr. Rachel’s Facebook Page. Then, tell me you did it by commenting on this post. If you’ve already liked my page, just tell me so in a comment. You need to comment on this post to enter. Every person will get one entry and I will randomly select one winner to get a sample packet of Drip Drop to try. Good luck!

13 thoughts on “Thinking Spring (and Giveaway!)

  1. Hi there! I just found your blog today from the WordPress Topics page. So glad I found you! I’ve never done a race as large as a RnR, so that was really great reading how they organize the heats! Now I’ll be a bit more prepared for when I finally get there. Thanks!

    I’ve liked your Facebook page! Looking forward to seeing your posts!

    Happy Spring Solstice! Hopefully the sunny weather is here to stay! (fingers crossed!)

    • Welcome! Thanks for reading.

      I like to run small races and big races. I think they all have something to offer. The biggest one I’ve done is Gasparilla. The smallest was a local 5k. I loved them both. 🙂

  2. DC is fantastic. I spend my anniversary there every year. It seems the city was built for running! You could run there everyday and have a different run every time. I only wish I running when I lived there. Keep enjoying the weather!

    Oh, and I liked you in FB!

  3. I liked your FB page! Looking forward to hearing stories from another runner!

  4. Glad to see you had a great time in DC and that you enjoyed the Rock N Roll race especially because I remember you saying that you had an awful training run last week!

  5. Adding a comment as I head out the door for a run: already like you on Facebook, thus, entry (thanks for the reminder). Look forward to reading the rest of the post when I return!

  6. I am on the opposite side of the continent and we are having a cooler than normal Spring but at least our cherry and plum trees are in full bloom!

    I would love to try the Drip Drop… training for my first half marathon right now and trying different items for hydration and recovery. Thanks for the opportunity.

    I do like your page from my page = Eat Run Sail

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