Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run

Yesterday I had a wonderful day in Washington DC. I was on the go from 6:30AM to 9:30PM with only a break to shower after the race. Alicia and I got up bright and early so I could get ready for the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. I had been planning on running this race since December when I found out I got picked in the lottery that I entered before then. I was so shocked I got picked, I never in a million years thought I would be running this race!

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We only had a 10 minute walk from our hotel to the race start, so that was awesome. There were so many people. Over 10,000 people were running the 10 miler!


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I was in the orange corral so we were set to start a little bit after the first few waves.


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It was really cold at the start, around 40 degrees? I mean, its not like I'm used to cold weather, or anything...it wasn't too bad.

Finally, it was time to run! I couldn't believe I was running such a big race in Washington DC.


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The course was beautiful. I think it was the best course I've ever ran. I couldn't get over how many cherry trees there were. It was breathtaking! I actually felt myself getting choked up a few times during the race.


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I finally warmed up at about mile 3.0. All I can say is that this race went fast! Before I knew it I was at mile 6.0--and I had to stop to use a porta-john during the race for the first time, ever. I almost didn't but I'm glad I did because my bladder felt like it was going to burst. I stopped my garmin, but I only lost two minutes by using the bathroom. Not too bad. I was so glad because I felt so much better after that! First time for everything.

I felt really good throughout the entire race, only stopping to walk through a few water stations and eat some shot bloks and to use the bathroom, of course, other than that I kept a pretty steady pace under 9:30/mile. I'm so proud of myself! Training in the cold the past few weeks really paid off!

Before I knew it, we were coming up on mile 8.0. And then 9.0. This part was so gorgeous, because we were running through the cherry blossoms by the river. And then, the finish!!! There was a slight hill at the end, which was pretty annoying after an entirely flat course! Not cool! My legs were really feeling it by then.

Race Results

Race Net Time - 1:35:45

Pace - 9:35/mile

Garmin Results

Total Distance - 10.18

Time - 1:33:57 (stopped for a bathroom break at mile 6.0)

Pace - 9:13/mile

Splits


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And done!!!!

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I met Alicia at one of the tents and I picked up my awesome medal. I love it!


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Also--Alicia was so awesome for being a spectator, thanks, girl! Overall, this race was incredible! It was so well organized and it was just awesome! I highly suggest if you want to run an awesome destination race--run the Cherry Blossom in DC, because it was amazing!

Stay tuned for more re-caps of my trip to DC!


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Pink Beer and The White House

At first for dinner on Friday night, Alicia and I wanted to check out Matchbox Pizza, but after wandering around Chinatown, we couldn't find it and happened upon Capitol City Brewing Company. Chris had told me about this place and I was really interested in going! We got there at 5:00 on a Friday with no reservations, and I was surprised that we didn't have to wait at all for a table! One of their seasonal beers was the Cherry Blossom Ale. Umm yes, please! Alicia and I both got a $3.50 pint, since it was still happy hour and all. DSC05438.jpg Could my drink be any more girly? It was pink! DSC05428.jpg DSC05429.JPG I couldn't really taste much of a cherry flavor, but the beer itself was pretty good. I was a fan! I'm not really good at judging beers, I just know what I like and what I don't like. 😉 Our server brought us complimentary pretzels and horseradish dipping sauce. Chris had said they had really good pretzels, too so I was excited we got them. Chris was right, they were great--but the sauce was a bit overwhelming for me! DSC05431.JPG One of the specials were the fish tacos...so I had to go there! I also got a side of seasonal veggies. DSC05435.JPG The fish tacos were great--they were in what was supposed to be a corn tortilla. It looked like a flour tortilla to me, but tasted like corn, so I'm not sure. The tacos were flavorful and not too spicy, which was perfect. They were small, but that was okay since I had eaten a 1/2 a bagel on the go after getting off the train not too long before. Overall--a great experience at our first restaurant in DC! Capital City Brewing Company on Urbanspoon After dinner it was time to walk off our dinner--literally! Alicia and I decided to do our own walking tour. We walked from Chinatown to Logan Circle (to check out Lululemon, of course) and from there we went to the White House! Chinatown DSC05426.JPG Obamaaaa DSC05439.JPG DSC05447.JPG DSC05442.JPG DSC05448.jpg DSC05451.JPG From the White House we walked back to all the monuments. Washington Monument, again. DSC05459.JPG DSC05461.JPG World War II Memorial DSC05463.JPG Lincoln Memorial DSC05469.JPG Lincoln Memorial was breathtaking, actually. DSC05474.jpg DSC05477.JPG Overall we walked over SIX miles from dinner to White House to all the Monuments. Wow, that's a lot of walking! It was so cool to see all these historic monuments for the first time. It was an awesome experience. I am so lucky to be here.
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The Nation’s Capitol

Yesterday Alicia and I arrived by train to Washington DC! We are here for the weekend because tomorrow I'm running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler! After a 2.5 hour ride from Albany to NYC, our train to DC was delayed by 40 minutes. Finally, we boarded and arrived to Union Station at around 2:00pm. After figuring out how to use the Metro (its actually pretty easy!) we went to our hotel. We couldn't check in yet so we wandered around the National Mall and the Smithsonian Castle. DSC05401.JPG DSC05405.JPG I think the cherry blossoms were on their last legs, but they were still beautiful. DSC05407.JPG Washington Monument. DSC05415.jpg DSC05418.JPG DSC05420.JPG DSC05422.JPG The Smithsonian Castle. DSC05423.jpg The Enid A. Haupt Garden is so beautiful! DSC05424.JPG Finally we were able to check into our hotel and get settled. Soon, it was time to find dinner in DC, with so many options, it was hard to choose! Stay tuned!
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