|At this point — mile 7 on Mockingbird — there were a couple of things going through my mind: 1. Maybe I won't DNF and 2. I'm really glad I got the blue shirt/dark shorts memo like the two dudes in front of me. ... Lots of thanks to frunner That Pink Girl for cheering at one of the 500 hills (check out her fun cheering recap) and taking this photo.|
On Sunday, I (and about 12,000 of my close, personal friends) ran 13.1 miles at the Dallas Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon. While I didn't PR (2:00:06, over 10 minutes slower than my time at the Texas Half), I had a good time running a challenging course in "hot" weather. Some recap thoughts:
1. I would have never considered late-March temps in the 70s hot ... that is until I ran this race. Limited shade on the back-half of the course didn't help.
2. No one will confuse Dallas for the Hill Country any time soon. BUT, this was a hilly course.
3. Salt packets saved my life. I diluted a couple in water and Gatorade (pretty gross), and even emptied some directly in my mouth. Just typing that makes me want a glass of water.
4. I saw the Ticket's Craig Miller cheering on Skillman Street, near Cosmo's before mile 10. In case you didn't know, he's a great cyclist who sorta-kinda-totally killed a 3:29 in his first marathon in 2007. Read about his marathon experiences at his blog.
5. I would die a happy man if I never run another race that ends at Fair Park. The final stretch for races ending in Fair Park is not pleasant.
6. I drank a beer during the race. This is something I recommend everyone do at least once. Thanks to Runners Drink Beer for the hook up (read that fun group's recap).
7. As a musician who has played in a bunch of bands at a bunch of strange events and venues, I must commend the local groups for performing. I especially liked the bassist for the band near mile 10 — he played well while running backwards right near me for 20 yards (he had a wireless transmitter). Pretty cool.
8. The headlining act — former American Idol contestant James Durbin — was awful. RNR would have done better by picking a good local group or even a cover band. Durbin's brand of rock is best categorized as a PG version of Buckcherry (with whom he's touring).
9. Even though I didn't race as well as I wanted to, I am glad I finished without injury and I learned more about racing in the process. Can't wait until the OKC Memorial Marathon in about a month!