This past Sunday I lined up with 2000 of my closest friends at Stanton Park on Capitol Hill. It was the 34th Annual Capitol Hill Classic, which is a major fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Cluster School. This was my 3rd time doing the race and it’s a personal favorite, especially now that I live in the neighborhood.
The start was a bit hectic and I immediately lost everyone I had lined up with, while simultaneously realizing my Runkeeper app was not working. I slowed way down to fix my app and once I got that under control I tried to find my stride. Luckily, I was able to quickly get my pace and even found K after a few minutes.
We ran very quickly the first few miles and I knew that we (or at least I) should slow down, but the pace felt good so we kept at it. Around mile 3, I started to feel a bit nervous that I had gone out too fast and wouldn’t be able to hold my pace for the rest of the race. I had to remind myself that this wasn’t a leisurely run – this was a race that I had set an ambitious goal for and this wasn’t supposed to be comfortable.
At mile 4, it started raining softly and it was awesome. It felt so good and yet it wasn’t raining hard enough that I was concerned about my phone getting damaged. We ran on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail by RFK stadium which threw me for a bit of a loop, because I hadn’t realized they had modified the course in the days leading up to the race. Initially I was confused because I like knowing where we are headed and I had no idea where the trail would take us. However, it was kind of fun and I actually detest running around RFK Stadium so I was happy for the change. As you can see, most of mile 4 was a gradual up hill, which slowed my pace down considerably. However, once I saw the marker for mile 5, I knew I could hit my goal.
As we approached mile 6, I started to feel a little emotional. I had really pushed myself and I was proud of what I’d accomplished — it felt good. As we crossed the finish line, I stopped my phone and saw this:
Success! I was proud of my race and am going to see if I can better than time in two weeks in Annapolis!
Have you ever PRed in the rain? Is it crazy to try to PR two races in a row?