I had the very great pleasure of running the Cherry Blossom 10 mile Run in Washington DC this past weekend. It was a very well run event from start to finish.
The packet pick up was very streamline but some how I missed the safety pins! I am sure that was my fault because I was so impressed that the race bib had my name on it. That was the first time that happened for me!
Next up the expo, it was small but I of course managed to find a great race find. I purchased a fuel belt that also holds a race bib. It worked like a charm. The ladies at ifit were amazing and made sure I was perfectly happy with my fit.
On Sunday we arrived at my corral in plenty of time to meet up with the most amazing women ever in the GREEN corral. I lost track of them once we got started but it was a great 25 minutes of catching up. CUCB 13 forever 🙂
I had planned the race in three sections. Section one the first 5K to the Kennedy Center then Section two mile 5 where I would see my amazing husband Chuck and followed by the long stretch the Third section would be mile 8.5 last water station and the push to the finish line.
I was shocked how fast the Kennedy center was upon me. I looked at my watch and said, ut oh.. you have just burned thru alot of energy and need to dial it back. Then, there was Chuck, wait.. MILE 5! I handed him my gloves and arms sleeves because I didn’t need them anymore. He said ” you are doing GREAT”
Miles, 6, 7, 8 felt work. I wished I had taken those first three miles a little slower about then. It was a quiet stretch and the wind kicked up. I was overcome with how gorgeous the day was and how often we used to come here with our 3 children when they were little and I got all emotional. I tend to do that a lot these days. Around this time my right knee starting to lock up a bit and I dialed it back a bit.
Mile 9 .9 there was Chuck again and he was waving and I waved back and finished with tears of joy.
THANK YOU WASHINGTON DC
Here is my favorite picture of the day. A candid shot. Not sure what I was looking at but everything made me happy.
Now I am resting the knee, cross training and getting ready for the Nike Women’s Half on April 28.