Happy beautiful Wednesday morning! I think we can safely say that glorious springtime weather has arrived in the DMV area for a bit. 🙂
The weather for this year’s annual Cherry Blossom 10-Miler was beautiful and perfect (to me)!
In the morning it was about 42 degrees so I planned accordingly and wore an old long sleeve race shirt that I planned to take off at some point during the race, and black sweat pants that I planned on chucking right before the race began.
For the most part the course was pretty flat, except for that slight inclination on the final leg of the race!
By mile 3 I was ready to take off my long sleeve shirt so from that point on I was running in shorts and a tank and temperature-wise I was just fine for the rest of the race. (You may remember one of my concerns about running this race was the temperature would be too high for my liking. I prefer to run in cold weather).
The race was picturesque at times – it was nice running on the Memorial Bridge and seeing the pretty blue water, we ran by the Tidal Basin and saw some of the Cherry Blossoms, and we ran along Haines Point (which was incidentally the same race course Hannah, Tommy and I ran for the Veterans Day 10k last year).
As with any race, the sweetest leg of the course was the last few minutes before the Finish Line. My friend Julie came to cheer me on and she was standing along the steady incline racers had to run up before finishing the race. I knew I was excited (and had been looking forward) to see her throughout the race, but I guess I got the boost I needed since she told me my pace increased a lot the last mile of the race!
I finished the race in 1:48:24 – a 10.30 mile, which I was very satisfied with. This was the longest race I had completed since having Ava so that felt great to achieve, but I also knew my official race time was faster than all of my training runs prior to the race, which was even better!
I do think I would run this race again. The hardest thing for me in regards to training for the race was how much time it took to train. Obviously I knew training for any race longer than 6 miles is a time commitment, but when you throw in a baby and how much traveling I did during the past 3 months leading up to the race, it got a little hard to schedule in runs and workouts. While I didn’t stick to my training plan word for word, I made adjustments with my schedule at that time and listened to my body to determine the best exercise plan day by day – and it worked!
After the race Hannah, Jackie, and I met Tommy and Ava at Farmers and Distillers for a celebratory brunch!
Sorry no pics…I was too busy eating. 🙂
Have a great day!