I cannot even begin to express how elated, proud, and accomplished I felt when I crossed the finish line! Just looking back on it now puts a huge smile on my face and gives me goosebumps. I am so happy to have run my first half marathon with 15,000 other amazing women (and a few men) that benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to find cures for blood cancers. I was overjoyed at the starting line, seeing the Capital off in the distance and a sea of women all with the same goal. I’m not going to lie as I was running the first mile the sound of drums and cheering from families, friends, and strangers brought tears to my eyes. I finally understand why runners love running half and full marathons – it gives you this ‘runner’s high’ that continues even after the finish line.
Nike put on such an incredible race – the route was absolutely beautiful; ran along the water and passed major monuments; there were also bands and performers drumming and dancing at each mile which amplified the energy levels! Throughout the entire race I was distracted with the beautiful views which helped me forget how many miles I had left to run. I felt great throughout the entire race and completed it within my goal! My time was 2:08:53 (less than 10 minute miles). And how could I forget, we were gifted a beautiful Tiffany’s necklace at the end of the race!
“Dedication gets you to the starting line. Determination gets you to the finish” – Nike. Congrats to everyone who ran! Already looking into running my next half!
The day before the race we went to the Nike expo at Georgetown’s waterfront to pick up our bibs and of course take some pre-race photos ; )
Nike had the names of all the runners on the side of the store – I was the only Custodio running
I love this Nike tank top “Run fast or get passed”
Back in November my friend Katie and I agreed that we would run a half marathon – look at us now!
Stole this photo (and the first photo) from Run Nike – running towards and passing the Capital within the first mile was inspiring
I actually snapped this photo while running – we were heading under the freeway and towards a highway
I also snapped this photo around mile 5 heading back over the bridge into DC – can you spot the Washington Monument?
FINISHED the race and so happy to have a beautiful Tiffany box in hand ; )
Many thanks to my wonderful boyfriend who woke up super early to cheer me on – i love the signs! #cassmeetsrunning