Cherry Blossom 10-Miler


Last Sunday’s Cherry Blossom 10-miler in Washington, DC marked a great start to the racing season!  The temps were in the high 40’s creeping into the 50’s, the sky was blue, the cherry blossoms were just starting to bloom, and there were good crowds cheering along the way.  I ran the first five miles with my friend Nicole.  It’s amazing how much faster the miles go by when you have someone to chat with along the way. And then finished off the last half on my own.  Felt pretty good the whole time with just a bit of exhaustion kicking in during the last 800 yards as I made my way up a slight incline to the finish line (why do race officials always seem to put the hills at the end?).

Cherry Blossom Race 2014

It was  a great morning to be out running and I even set a new personal record for the 10-miler (beating my time at last year’s race by a minute and twenty seconds) at 1:23:59 (8:23.8 pace).  Cherry Blossom Race 2 2014

I saw the elite women run by at the very beginning of my race. I thought it was neat that the fourth fastest woman to finish (also in my age group) was Sara Hall, wife to the famous runner Ryan Hall from Arizona. She finished in under an hour with a 5+ minute/mile pace!   I meanwhile finished 297 out of 2,325 in my age group and 4,029 out of 17,861 finishers.  Cherry Blossom Race 3 2014

The day ended with a delicious brunch with my boot camp buddies!  It was fun talking to my friends who ran their first 10-miler and seeing all the awesome times people crushed!

Here’s to springtime running!

 

 

 

 

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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