Cherry Blossom 10 Miler 4.7.13
Finished: 1613 (of 10321 women)
Splits: 8:49, 8:38, 8:26, 8:09, 8:20, 8:16, 8:27, 8:44, 8:28, 8:28
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler 4.1.12
Finished: 2322 (of 9701 women)
Splits: 8:55, 8:55, 8:49, 8:50, 8:43, 8:56, 8:50, 8:43, 8:32, 8:24
Ahhh the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler! I have a love / hate relationship with this race. The things I love about it are the atmosphere, the cheering squads filling the ENTIRE route, the relatively flat course, the weather, and the muffins you get post race. The things I dislike about this race are the expo (literally NOTHING for free except a baby lara bar), the cotton t-shirts (what the french, I want a technical tee), and finally the fact that there are 15,000 runners, woof. How about a race recap?
I started out my morning with half a mango, an AMRAP bar, and some tea. I headed out to the race with my roommate and her parents, Amelia was supposed to run but is currently in crunches, she did however talk her mom into signing up to run with her so she was still running! The metro was a breeze and we got to the race in time to hop in line at the porto johns. The race started at 7:30am and I didn’t make it to the corrals until 7:15am. I was in the blue wave and that was based off of my time last year, little did they know I have been training : ) The blue wave was HUGE and since I was late to the game I ended up in the back of it. The first 3 miles were brutal trying to dodge people. I was able to finally break away a bit by running on a median and passing a bajillion people. Oh and most of these people… were supposed to be in corrals behind mine, nope, they decided they wanted to move on up for shits and giggles. There is a reason for corrals people, RESPECT IT. I was able to get in a comfy groove for the next 3 miles but the course narrowed and things got claustrophobic again. At this point I thought to myself “well there goes ANY chance of PRing today… might as well slow down” then I did some quick math and realized I already was on schedule to PR so I tried to work my way through the crowds. Mile 8 was a mess of people as the course narrowed even more! Finally the last two miles came and I was able to break out a little bit. I have a REALLY weak stomach when it comes to “pushing it” and felt myself close to vomitting about a quarter mile from the finish so I didn’t kick it into high gear until I saw the finish line. At that point I pushed it to a 7 min pace and closed out the race. I am happy with my time and hit my goal so that is awesome. I think this may be my last year for this race though. I was frustrated pretty much the entire time by the crowds. I know I could have pushed it had I not been dodging people and going back and forth between sprinting ahead and getting stuck behind people, it was exhausting! I do love this distance though and will definitely race another 10 miler. It will be a smaller event though where I will not be hanging out with 15,000 of my closest friends.
The best part of this race was definitely the walk home. We went to a metro stop a little farther out to avoid the crowds and went through a beautiful garden. In the top left you can see poor Amelia in her boot and crunches, she is such a champion hanging out at the race for us this morning. AND she had a back pack so I didn’t have to check a bag, ANGEL.The absolute best part of the walk though was finding a Sabra truck… giving away FREE HUMMUS. I was singing to the race gods. I grabbed my freebies and stuck them in my pocket for safe keeping.After getting cleaned up the boy and I decided to go out to lunch. After all I had just burned 1200 calories and clearly needed to replace them all. We went to a new Italian place that opened up around the corner (La Tagliatella) and holy smokes was it delicious. The food portions were ENORMOUS too. The waitress warned us but we were not prepared. We started out with the “Insalata al Rullo di Capra Gratinato”(pan fried goat cheese and caramelized tomatoes served on a medley of mixed greens with sweet corn, pistachios, pine nuts and black olives).For our meals we got a calzone “Pliegata” (tomato, mozzarella, sautéed spinach, gruyére, goat cheese, aceto balsamico reduction and duck ham) and of course a pasta dish.I am not a huge pasta person so this was Brennan’s choice, and boy was it delicious. He picked out “Ravioli Nero di Seppia” (Ricotta and seasonal vegetables) for the pasta and bolognese for the sauce.Everything was amazing and there were a ton of left overs!