Spring is in the air and with it comes the multitude of races and outdoor activities. Although we have about another week to go till we can officially say “bye-bye” to winter, this past weekend was a glorious one.
I began my Saturday morning running the inaugural Georgetown 10-Miler. The morning started out a little chilly, but about halfway through I was a little toasty in my gear. It was a neat race since it was an out and back run along on the Capital Crescent Trail starting in Georgetown. I met up with a coworker and ran until the turnaround point with him at mile 5.
Aside from a bad side cramp that came on around mile four, I enjoyed the beauty of the morning. There were some rocks to contend with but overall my knees appreciated the fact that I was running on a softer surface. Overall, I finished right under the 1:30 mark so decent time for not much training and something I can strive to beat at the Cherry Blossom run in April.
I will say that it was a decently managed run for being on a trail. I expected the trail to be more crowded than it was but people were courteous and not pushy and there was a good bit of thinning out at the halfway mark. I’m sure the runners and bikers who decided it was a good morning to hit the trails were not so pleased when hundreds of runners took over. But the DC Running Club did a good job at capping this race to a manageable size. I even got a little medal to boot!
After the race I was excited to have 30 minutes left on my parking meter, so I called my mom and we chatted while I sat in the brilliant sun alongside DC’s Waterfront area overlooking the Potomac River. Yes, these are the kinds of days I live for.