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I Run DC – Have a Tiffany&Co Necklace To Prove It

NWM 2013 Finisher necklace #werundc

On Sunday April 28th, Washington DC played host to the inaugural Nike Women’s Half Marathon. For the past ten years, Nike has hosted this race in San Francisco. This is the first year this famous women’s race has been hosted on the east coast. My Team Philly running friends jumped at the chance to run this and had a great weekend and fabulous run. I even managed a modest PR/PB on this half marathon and is the natural result of what happens when you focus on more consistent training.

The race course is essentially the Cherry Blossom 10 mile plus an additional three point one miles tacked on to complete the half marathon distance.
Race Course Map

OMG – the Expotique!  This was an expo unlike any other expo I’ve experienced up till now. No bewildering array of aggressive merchants trying to sell their product, in fact, there were only a few select partners such as Luna Bar and Nuun who handed out plenty of samples and information. The expotique provided the opportunity for gait analysis, bra fittings (must always protect the girls) and to my delight – hair and makeup stations.  Bib pick-up was in a separate tent leaving you to explore the expotique at your leisure.  The Nike Georgetown store was a block away and there is where you would find items that you may want to purchase and also the Wall of Names.
Nike Women's Half Marathon Expotique
Who runs DC? Why I do.

Hanging out

The race was held two weeks after the terror attack at the Boston Marathon and our hearts were with Boston this weekend.  A moment of silence was held before the start of the race to remember, reflect and honor those who will never run again.

Love for Boston

Nothing like a Bare Essentials makeup station at a running expo along with Paul Mitchell hair salon. Nike has completely spoiled me for future expos.  demand all future expos have hair and makeup stations.  It is a great way to help soothe pre-race jitters.

bareMinerals Make Up Bar

Chatting with a running legend – J0an Benoit Samuleson at the Nike Women’s Expotique. She is so tiny, yet whip fast in a race.

An inspiration to runners for decades. #werundc

We run DC!

We Run DC

Wall of Names. I look a bit manic in this photo. Don’t know why, I’m a runner, dang it!

Wall of Names

Ahh, the famed Tiffany necklace! It worth every inch of 13.1 miles.

What is in this pretty blue box?

What I wore – ‘Back in Black’:

  • NWM In Training Tech Shirt
  • Winter running capri pants
  • Nike + Sports Watch
  • Armpocket Armband
  • Tifosi Shades
  • Mizuno Wave 16

Back in black - Nike Women's Half Marathon outfit

 

What worked well with this race:

  • Fabulous Expotique
  • Comprehensive training guide for new runners attempting their first half marathon
  • Tiffany necklace handed out by handsome men in tuxedos.
  • Finisher shirt given at the end of the race not at Expotique.
  • Clear roadside signs and well stocked water stations.
  • Red carpet start and finish – classy!
  • Hands down the BEST roadside entertainment along the course of the run. Most notable:  Batala and the tunnel drummers.
  • Outside of completing your first Marathon – Nothing can compare to running down Pennsylvania Avenue with crowds cheering you till the finish line.

What needs improvement with this race:

  • Nike should create a website for registration and important information.  Organizing, registering and disseminating information on FaceBook exclusively forced those who wanted to participate in the race to join a social network they may not have wanted to join. Not everyone is a FaceBook fan.  Also crucial information and maps were not easy to find on the FaceBook page with the scrolling architecture of of the main page.

 

Mimosa’s to celebrate our completion of the inaugural Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC.

Mimosa for brunch - food also involved :-)

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