Looking Forward: RNR DC + RNR Brooklyn!

1. Did you see they announced RNR Brooklyn?!

RNR Brooklyn

October 10. On my calendar. Three weeks before NYCM. (I’m thinking this will either be part of a 20/22 or I’ll do one last 20/22 the week after and do a two-week taper. We’ll see where my fitness is in seven months.) 

I already took a look at the course map, and, well, it involves a lot of out-and-backs, which I’m not crazy about, but I am crazy about most any NYC race. So, there’s that. It will be an awesome way to psyche myself up for NYCM. (Like I will need any help with that.)



Yeah…that’s the plan.

While I started running much more regularly this winter than I did last year, in no way did I nail my training. Or anywhere close. Work has been a priority and the weather has sucked, and running in the cold/snow are about as fun to me as running on the treadmill. Though I did a bunch of treadmill runs, I finally hit a point last week where I could. not. any more. So, there’s no PR happening in DC this weekend. But I’m really going to challenge myself to not just “run for fun” like I’ve been doing with so many races in the past year or so, and give it the best effort I have that day. Even if it rains. Even if it is that time of the month. (The likelihood of both of those things is near 100%. Ideal race conditions!)(Also, I need to coordinate my race calendar better with my cycle.)

Are you running a race this weekend? What races are you looking forward to? 

20 comments on “Looking Forward: RNR DC + RNR Brooklyn!

  1. joelle (on a pink typewriter)

    Good luck this weekend!! My half was Sunday. 🙂

    I got that email about RNR Brooklyn and it came out seriously perfect timing – I want to run a half in NYC and was thinking I’d have to wait til the NYC Half in spring 2016… do you think this course will be hilly?

  2. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    I will be running #rnrdc as well and I know what you mean about the treadmill. I am so happy for warmer temps this week! I’m not doing brooklyn because the staten island half is the day after and I also am running NYC in november.

  3. Melissa

    I’m running DC also! Leaving tomorrow with the kids after my son gets out of school. Everything about this is not ideal for my first half….rain(!), sharing a hotel room with my husband, 2.5 year old, 9 month old, and my (snoring) father. BUT I am hoping for fun and a finish and a not horrible time 😊

    1. Theodora Blanchfield Post author

      Yikes 🙂 That’s a lot to deal with! I stayed in a hotel w/my parents the night before my first half with my snoring father, too…and it rained also. You’ll be so excited to run you won’t notice it until after. Hopefully 🙂

  4. Rachel

    Best of luck this weekend! I typically run the DC RnR half this weekend, but I decided to stay in NYC and run the NYC half instead…which I did years ago, but havent done since. I am actually running this one just as a “fun run”, as this winter weather sadly killed my training and I have been sick for the past week, BUT you are going to ROCK yours. Best of luck and remember at the end of the day, just have fun doing what you love doing!

  5. Chelsea

    feel you on the totally-off winter training and the cold and blah. this training period was a mess, and i struggled with too-much-too-soon and was sidelined with shin splints to prove it. i am in the same boat for this weekend, with the nyc half + though determined to run it, definitely a bit in my head about holding up a sub-2:00. oy oy oy.

      1. CR

        @Theodora Blanchfield: It was — comfortable..? It ended up being really fun and a nice race overall, but my slowest half yet at 2:08. Had to sort of get over that, but given the fact I was a little careful with my knee / right leg and making a conscious effort to be more in the moment than I am usually, I’m going to consider it a success! Would do that course again for sure, it’s nice to have the hills out of the way so early.

  6. Emily

    I haven’t registered for a race in a while. I’m still thinking about it. I ran a marathon last year, but I’ve been taking training time off and just running for fun. I’m thinking of finding a 5k to do at a fast pace. I’m also hoping, Lord willing, to do a triathlon later in the summer.


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