Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half

Somehow I have filled up my weekends in March and April with a lot of races. It’s not too often that I do races, so I’m not sure how 5 out of the current 6 weeks I have one. At the beginning of March, I received an email from my company stating that if we signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half-Marathon, we could race for free! FREE! That always gets me. While the half was just a few weeks away from when the email was received and I knew I had a triathlon coming up too, I just had to sign up!

I did my first half, the Chosen Marathon, which raises money and awareness for adoption, 2.5 years ago outside of Austin. My SIL and I intentionally power walked as at the time we were both suffering from knee injuries and neither of us were running. Well, sure enough another injury came up right before my triathlon (which I will probably post about later).

The reason I share this is to encourage everyone what our bodies are capable of. I was not prepared. I did not train. I had an injury. While I definitely don’t recommend doing a race without training, my story is proof that you will be able to finish and your body is way more capable than you think.

Since I signed up with such short notice, I was so grateful to learn that several friends had already signed up too! One of my best friends was coming in town from Tulsa, and we were in the same start corral, so I decided I would try to stick with her the 1st mile and run to get out of the crowd, and then walk the rest! 7 miles later I was still running! The rest of the time I power walked and jogged and ended up with a time of 2:33. Considering I didn’t train, I was happy with the time! Was I hurting? Absolutely! My whole body was in pain the last half, but I was determined to push through and quitting was not an option for me!

I think people hear the word ‘race’ and think they have to run as fast as possible. The truth is some people walk, very slowly. People stop to take pictures. Heck, I took a phone call and facetimed with Colby during the race, so it’s only as serious as you make it! I do not consider myself a runner and I managed to finish, so I promise if you push yourself a little bit, you can too!

A shout out to my sweet husband, who chauffeured me to the race, and spent 4 hours of his morning waiting around. I couldn’t do it without his support!

Since I have only done one other half I don’t have a lot of input as far as the actual course. I did see lots of Dallas that I hadn’t seen before. The race was well organized and they had a wide variety of food at the end. All of the Rock ‘n’ Roll races have bands along the way, but I was thankful I had my headphones as the music was not my taste. I would love to hear feedback from others who have done half-marathons as to their favorite races and/or courses! I look forward to sharing about my other races over the next few weeks, especially the ones that benefit various organizations – those are my favorite kind! Will I be signing up for another half? I have no plans now, but am definitely open to the idea in the future!

Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

At the Start Line with a friend from church

Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

Waiting to start with one of my besties from Oklahoma

Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

On the course!

Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

Finished! Showing off our bling!

Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon


Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

Colby, my very patient husband

Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

I grew up drinking this stuff!

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 06:34h, 01 April Reply

    Wow, CONGRATULATIONS!! What an accomplishment!! I am so proud of you!!!!! 🙂

  • Marianne
    Posted at 07:03h, 01 April Reply

    I’m proud of you!

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 07:51h, 01 April Reply

    Girl, you are a ROCKSTAR!! So proud of you and yes, it’s so important for each of us to remember what our bodies are capable of.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 08:42h, 01 April Reply

    Wooo! I wish we could have met up! Next time 🙂 That’s so awesome you ran it without hardly any training! That is impressive. Glad you got to run with friends!

  • Kara
    Posted at 09:11h, 01 April Reply

    Please tell me these pics were taken before, because you look fabulous if this was after the race!! PS: love that nail color!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:13h, 01 April Reply

    You are so right – its what you make of it. I love the people that are on the course that are just having fun… those that take it way too seriously, I think they need to bring it down a notch. You’re 99% of NOT winning anything, so just enjoy 🙂
    You are awesome for making it through a half!! & looking great while doing it!

  • Amie
    Posted at 10:20h, 01 April Reply

    Congratulations, that is a huge accomplishment in my eyes!! I can’t even fathom being able to do something like this. Granted I know if I really put my mind to it I might be able to but I think this speaks volumes about your dedication!

  • Mia @ MakeMeUpMia
    Posted at 10:50h, 01 April Reply

    Get it girl! Awesome! Love the pic of you with the Nesquik bunny too 😉

  • Beka
    Posted at 11:09h, 01 April Reply

    Good job, friend! I have done a few races and even 1/2’s without training and OH MY WORD! It hurts so bad!

    I didn’t care too much for the RnR bands either but it is nice that they put them there for people. My favorite course, other than the one in my hometown of Wichita, was the RnR Seattle full. It was so pretty and if you ever get a chance to run there I highly recommend it.

    What is your injury right now? Running injuries aren’t fun and I don’t know about you but I feel like they take a while to heal.

  • mary-keith
    Posted at 13:55h, 01 April Reply

    i looove this. love this. love this. I have been thinking about running again even though I HATE running. Cardio is not my friend. but its something I want to accomplish. I need to get out there again. Also – your shorts are so cute and you look so good after running such a long distance! I gotta say I am a little jealous haha! Good for you for finishing!

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 21:06h, 01 April Reply

    That’s so awesome! Congratulations friend!

    I loved all the pictures and seeing this glimpse of you!

  • Elena
    Posted at 11:56h, 02 April Reply

    Wow girl! You rock!! Best of luck at all of your upcoming races!! Woohoo!

  • Alexis
    Posted at 12:01h, 02 April Reply

    You’re amazing! I’ve been blown away as week after week you’ve posted race pictures. I can barely run a mile these days. But I like what you said about the race –that our bodies can do more than we imagine. I think I’ve always felt like I needed to be able to run a full half in order to do one…maybe one day I’ll give it a shot and try to walk/jog it!

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 14:53h, 02 April Reply

    love that you were still running 7 miles later — it seems like we’re usually capable of more than we think 🙂 i ran my first 5k last summer, and i’m hoping to do one again this summer or fall. maybe a color run? idk, lots of options!

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 16:54h, 02 April Reply

    You go girl!!

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 13:30h, 08 April Reply

    Woo hoo! I love that you Facetimed with Colby during the race :-p That’s awesome! Great job, Caroline!!

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence
    Posted at 23:02h, 15 April Reply

    I’m still so impressed that you do these races. I can’t even jog to the end of my block without wanting to cry. I’m even more impressed that you did it without training and with an injury! You go, girl!! 😉

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