|Half Marathon State # 19
Half Marathon #35
After a quick turn around from my previous half marathon in Little Rock, Arkansas, I was back to it on Sunday, March 19, 2017 with the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. This was my 35th half marathon and 19th state. However, this race was never on my 2017 race calendar. If you follow my blog and my race recaps, you know that we traveled all the way to Jackson, Mississippi back in January for the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon. Well that was the race that never happened. We drove 10 hours straight to get to Jackson, Mississippi only to get iced in our hotel for three days, thus no race took place.
I would like to now give a shout out to the race directors for the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon, because they paid for my entry into the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon since their race did not happen because of the weather. They in no way had to do this, but they did and was an outstanding gesture on their part. Because of scheduling conflicts in 2018, I will not be able to do the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon; however, I wanted to put this out there to let everyone know that they took it to the heart of their runners when the race was cancelled. They sent us an email a few weeks after the race date to tell us they would pay for our entry into one of five race venues. I chose Dallas, Texas since that was one of a few states offered that I still needed to complete for my 50 By 50 Challenge.
Sorry for the tangent but I thought it was necessary…. Now on with the recap of the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon….
Like Little Rock a few weeks back, this was another quick weekend for me. I flew out on Saturday and then flew back home on Sunday night after the race. Saturday morning I was at the airport early for a 7am flight to Dallas. As a frequent flier of Delta, with boo-koos of miles, it was odd on this trip, because I took my first ever flight on American Airlines. I have a few friends that work for AA, so they had some good fun with this one. I flew AA for this trip because they had a non-stop from Charleston, SC to Dallas-Fort Worth, which made it worth it. It was a great flight in both directions, without any delays. In fact, on the trip from CHS to DFW, we arrived 45 minutes early! That is unheard of these days with the airlines. Coming home on Sunday, we were also early, but not quite as much as the trip out.
Once I landed at DFW, I took the Dallas Area Regional Transport (DART) from the airport into Dallas. The train ride was about 55 minutes, but for $2.50 it was far cheaper than taking a cab or Uber. I had the time to kill so this was an easy choice. It was super safe and convenient and they have an app for your phone where you can order your pass immediately. After getting off the train, it was a 2 minute walk to my hotel. Very convenient. I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Downtown. It was about a 10-12 minute walk to the expo and start, and maybe a 15-16 minute walk from the finish line.
Before going to the Expo, I decided to get some lunch. There was an Italian restaurant right across from the hotel called Campisi’s. It was really good. I had the lasagna and was not disappointed. This was a nice little carb-load for lunch.
After lunch I headed over to the race expo at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. Like all Rock ‘n’ Roll expos it was awesome. Anything running you could think of was there. It is so organized. They make you get your bib, shirt, etc. first before routing you into the Brooks shopping area, and then on into the main expo floor with rows and rows of vendors.
I spent about an hour at the expo. Once done there, I still had a good amount of time before my Fifty States Half Marathon Club dinner meet-up so I decided to do some site seeing. I decided I would walk to Dealey Plaza to see the memorials from where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. It was a surreal time there. Granted this was well before I was born, seeing in in person beyond the history books is far more meaningful.
After touring the area for a little while, I headed back to the hotel, by way of the cupcake shop, which is a must do on all my half marathons where I check off a state. I was not disappointed with this selection. I stopped into Fluellen’s Cupcakes. It was awesome. I got 4, a banana pudding, German Chocolate, Cookies ‘n Cream, and Wedding Cake, and each one was fabulous.
For dinner I met up with about 20-25 of my fellow members of the Fifty States Half Marathon Club. We met up at RJ Mexican Cuisine of Dallas. It was great to meet some new people I had never met before. I was a little hesitant to eat Mexican before a race, so I chose something light and got a Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla. It was really good. The owner even came over and started taking pictures of our group and told us we were going to be famous and be on their Facebook page soon. The staff at the restaurant was fabulous, our waitress nailed it!
Sunday morning is race time. The race start was at 8 AM, so I was able to sleep a little later than normal race morning. I only had about a 10 minute walk to the start.
As I walked to the start, many of the building were in neon, and the Omni Hotel actually had Rock n Roll scrolling in neon around their building.
The first thing to do was to meet back up with the Fifty Staters for a group photo, and then I was off the get into the corral.
Here are a few photos from Corral 3.
Right at 8 AM the race was on. Being in Corral 3, my group went across at about 8:03 AM. Since I don’t typically take pictures on the course, Rock ‘n’ Roll’s course video will be shared here.
The race was pretty rough. It was a mixture of things from warm morning, rough roads, sore foot, & hills that contributed to a day I was not too satisfied with. I ran a 2:02:39 for the race. The course was not to scenic, and the roads were in fact pretty rough. Once you get to mile 8 to 9 you get some incredible hills that were pretty tough.
Here is a photo of the typical Rock n Roll dude that is complimentary at all races. This is starting mile 12, and captured a great shot with the Observation Tower in the background.
The best part of this race is the finish. As you turn the corner at Mile 13, there you find the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!
Well to wrap up the race, here are a few photos from the finish area. In typical Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, the finish area was perfect. Lots of water, Gatorade, bananas, cookies, pretzels, and last but not least Chocolate Milk!!!
Here was the data from my Garmin.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Series made a recap video from the weekend events.
Post race I made the long trek back to the hotel. Well it always feels longer post race. It was actually less than a mile. Once back at the hotel, I decided to use the pool as opposed to an ice bath for leg recovery. It was a good choice, because that pool was COLD!
After cleaning up I headed out for some lunch. I had already scouted out a burger joint I was wanting to try. I decided on Chophouse Burgers. It was a very good selection. I highly recommend it!
Finally, before heading off to the airport, I had to go to a western store. I could not go to Dallas, Texas without visiting a western store. I went to Wild Bill’s Western Store. I checked out some cowboy boots, and scratched that off my list because the cheapest I found was $1000.00. Next, I will get a cowboy hat. Nope, crossed that off my list, $85.00. I will not be wearing a cowboy hat that much, oh well. So, I settled! A $25.00 gaudy Texas belt buckle!!!!
So here is to another successful half marathon and state checked off. Half marathon #35 & State #19 in the books.
Here is the updated Fifty States Half Marathon Club shirt and medal rack to wrap up the weekend.
Next up is three races in April. I will be doing a 10k and half marathon for the Dark Side Challenge at Disney’s Star Wars – The Dark Side Half Marathon weekend. The following weekend, we will travel up to Louisville Kentucky to run the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon.
Signing off from Dallas. The Dallas Eye will always be watching you!