It was a last-minute decision, to head to the Saturday morning shakeout run the morning before the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.
I had an insane work week that kept me office both early and late for several days. But I knew I wanted to see several friends, so when Oiselle teammates Amy and Gabby suggested heading to Nike Georgetown for a team meetup bright and early, I thought it would be the perfect chance to visit with friends I might otherwise not see.
Birds and friends ready to fly, from left, Amy, Gabby, me, Jillian & Kyle.
Once in the store, we were all directed to the second floor, which I found odd since we were running outside and it seemed to create and extra unneeded step. So up we went and we were soon rewarded with two surprise guests – American long-distance runners Shalane Flanagan and Joan Benoit Samuelson.
That’s how close we were! The ladies share a few tips
Up close and personal
Flanagan, 32, just ran the Boston Marathon last week, besting her own marathon time by more than three minutes. Hers was the fastest time ever for an American woman on the Boston course. She told us that she ran Boston with the intent to win, and is proud to have come away with a shiny new PR and knowing that she set the pace that paved the way for other elite women to succeed.
Samuelson, 56, the first-ever Olympic Marathon winner in 1984, and has raced through five decades.
Both women also shared a strong message with the racers – strive to do your best. That’s a lesson that applies to every aspect of our lives.
Moments later, the pair revealed the Tiffany necklace each finisher would receive after 13.1 miles through DC. I purposely didn’t look since I wanted to be surprised once I finished running. We stretched and jumped around to warm up – and while tweeting I shared the above image with my Twitter followers.
Funny story: Shalane retweeted my picture! I was beyond excited. (it’s the little things.) Sadly, while I was jumping around, I bumped the account to one I rarely use. So if you follow Shalane Flanagan on Twitter…. look for HeardviaScanner. It’s one of my alter egos.
A better shot! From left, Amy, Gabby, me, Jillian, Kyle and Anya
We headed outside, posed for the above pic, found our pace groups and set off for a 2-mile run around Georgetown. That is, everyone but Amy and me who were on a mission to locate our names on the participant wall outside the store.
Because of our photo op, Amy and I were a bit behind. I nearly took out a photographer (oops! Sorry man!) as sprinted forward together to find our friends
Amy and I found every one of our friends and chatted as we ran. Thanks so much for an amazing run, my dear!
When we returned to the store, loads of Nike employees were on hand, cheering us in and treated us to some delicious Jamba Juice!
Celebrating with Jillian
Then Kyle and I went shopping.
It was so great to see friends from across the country and to loosen up my legs for Sunday’s race. I’ll leave you with my fave image of my newest treasure, the Tiffany necklace,
Ms. Tiffany goes to Washington. (and the White House)
Here’s more my race experience but stay tuned on scoot for Meri’s take on the day!
Do you typically run the day before a big race? If yes, how far do you go? Have you run a Nike race on either coast?