It’s a busy week thanks to a self-awarded long weekend, so I’ll offer this quick race report in list format. Here’s why I’d highly recommend you run the Rockville Rotary Twilight 8K next year:
1. With an 8:45 p.m. start, it’s probably the coolest temperatures you’ve run in since May.
2. With an 8:45 p.m. start, you’ll be running in the dark—which is really fun in a large group of people!
3. You can run the race as a team, as I did. My running buddies and I saw “Back to the Future” at the AFI theater in Silver Spring the night before the race, so we named ourselves “Make Like a Tree and Get Out of Here.” We placed ninth out of 19 teams, and were the first jokey team: The results list corporate teams and running-store-sponsored teams like “Booz Allen,” “Falls Road” … and then, “Make Like a Tree and Get Out of Here.”
4. It makes hill training worthwhile. There’s a lot of downhill, including the last mile (thanks for that, race organizers!). There’s also a lot of uphill, including one at mile four that just about stopped me in my tracks.
5. Despite the hills and the heat, it’s a faster race than one might imagine. I finished in 41:12, 8:18-minute miles, good enough for 23 out of 197 in my age group, 146 out of 1128 overall women. Not my best time ever, but let’s just say I thought I lost a *lot* more time on that hill at mile four.
6. Killer post-race party with a great cover band, free beer and huge watermelon slices.
Did you run the race? What did you think about it?