The Clarendon 10k came and went! It was so much fun running with my friend Katie and my co-worker Andrea. I can’t speak for them, but the music playing before the race began definitely got me pumped up. 🙂
The race was a part of Clarendon Day, an annual street festival for the neighborhood and surrounding areas with food and shopping booths, live music, kid games and rides, and everything else you can imagine. My friend Katie and I walked through the festival after the race on the way back to my car. If I hadn’t had another obligation to go to right after the race, I definitely would have stuck around to taste some yummy food and do some gift-shopping.
The course itself was okay. We ran through Rosslyn (a part of Virginia that borders Georgetown in DC) and then the rest of the route was along a highway, and while we did pass the Iwo Jima Memorial and part of Arlington Cemetery, it was kind of boring. Besides these two things, there really wasn’t anything special to see. We had to loop back around to complete the race which I am a fan of and not a fan of at the same time. On the pro side you know how much further you need to run to finish the race and on the con side you know how much further you need to run to finish the race and the scenery doesn’t change. I guess I got spoiled running the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon!
The difficulty of the race was that it wasn’t that difficult (to me). A good portion of the race was running downhill (from Clarendon through Rosslyn) and there might have been some gradual inclines sprinkled throughout the race, but I didn’t really notice them. I was very happy and proud of my time. My pace was 9:17 which is much faster than my last race pace and definitely beat some of my training run times leading up to the race. I finished the race a couple of minutes under one hour.
Katie, Andrea and I were very impressed with the food boxes we each got after finishing the race. I immediately devoured my Goldfish and the white cheddar cheese spread and crackers.
The jury is still out on whether or not I would run this race again. I definitely liked the distance of the race, but if I did this race next year I’d definitely check to see what the route is. If it doesn’t change, I’d probably pass on it.
Are you a fan of highway running for races?