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?).
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.
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!