Race Report – 2015 Cherry Blossom Ten Miler

2015-04-12 07.10.32-1It was a gorgeous day for a race in DC.  Perfect weather.  Cherry blossoms in perfect bloom.  I heard a lot of runners say that the race hadn’t been this gorgeous with weather and flowers in over ten years.

I am so glad I was there, and this year was extra amazing since I was one of the social runners for the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler.  I got to meet a lot of amazing people, both my fellow social media folks and so many people who reached out on Twitter and through the blog.  What a crazy experience.

I have been training like crazy for this race.  Lots of 12 mile runs.  But I didn’t prep as well as I should have in the days leading up to the race.  I was on my feet a lot at the expo (having a blast!) and I wasn’t well hydrated.  Worst of all, during Thursday night’s swim practice, I got a terrible cramp in my right calf and while I didn’t drown (and Kristin helped me get it to uncramp), my leg was sore for a few days.

Now, I’m not trying to make excuses for my race.  In fact, I had an awesome race!  But I knew that I wasn’t going to have a super fast amazing race.  So when we got started and Betsy and I seemed to be well paced, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to run together!  She had some time goals and I thought we could very possibly meet them.

Unfortunately, 90 minutes before the race start, there was an accident involving a pedestrian and the race had to be somewhat rerouted.  There wasn’t time to add distance, so somewhere between miles 4 and 6, we lost about half a mile.  (The race organizers are going to remeasure so that people know how long the race really was.)  I have to say though, the change was seamless.  I didn’t even notice until we were at mile 6 and my watch only said 5.5ish.

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I don’t know why so many people hate Hains Point.  I don’t mind it at all.  I guess it is long and boring, but when the blossoms are blooming, it’s beautiful.  On the way out, Betsy agreed with me.  By the time we reached the point, Betsy’s opinion was “Hains Point is dumb.”

Running a race with a 14 minute mile pace requirement is mentally challenging for me.  I know I’m fine within that time, but I was trained to really only run just under a 13 minute mile.  And when you’re an interval runner, this also means that in the beginning, you’re at the very back of the pack.  I knew we wouldn’t get swept, but that doesn’t make it a whole lot easier.

Of course, as per usual, the intervals paid off, and as I had promised Betsy, around the mid-point of the race, we started picking off runners.  I’d like to think this was motivating for Betsy, but mostly she just hated me for the last three miles of the race.  We appear to still be friends though, so that’s positive.

The hardest part of this race is the tiny uphill before the final downhill to the finish line.  Seriously, a hill at the end?  What’s wrong with you, DC races?  Honestly, it’s not a terrible hill, but it’s the last thing you want to see when you’re nearing a finish line.

We finished at right around 2:05, which is awesome!  Still not sure of the exact distance of the race, but I’d like to think that if we had pushed that final half mile, we would have gotten the sub-2:10.  We were flying by the end and I’m so proud of Betsy for gutting it out and not shoving me in the Tidal Basin.

2015-04-12 10.05.06Thanks again to everyone who made this race possible, from the amazing Race Directors to the support staff to the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers.  I had a great time!

Be sure to check out the official race blog and if you’ve written a recap post, make sure you add yours to the linkup!

 

 

 

Good luck, Cherry Blossom Runners!

cucblogoThe Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is just a few days away!  Good luck, runners!  As one of the social runners for the year, I’ve had such fun meeting so many of you.  I can’t wait to hear race recaps on Monday!

The expo opens today.  Be sure to check out the list of speakers today and tomorrow.  I’ll be there all day today tweeting and instagramming, so look for me!  You can’t miss my hair.

On race morning, I’ll be in what I’m calling the PartyPeoplePurple wave.  We may not be the fastest, but we’re out there doing our thing and having a great time doing it.  Don’t hesitate to say hi!

And most importantly, have fun.  You’ve done the work.  Now enjoy the rewards.

 

Wednesday Workout Recap

Last big push before Cherry Blossom.  Then I have to get myself into triathlon shape.  Yikes.

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday – Same crazy speed intervals as last week.  This time I tracked my HR and speed interval pace.  It wasn’t as good as last week, but my fast miles were averaging around 12:50 which for me on a weekday is not so bad.  Weekends when I’m well rested are so much easier.

Wednesday – Bike Trainer power workout.  This is definitely my weak spot right now.

Thursday – Swim cancelled, so I did housework.  It was fun.  No, really.

Friday – Easy six miles.

Saturday – Rest day.

Sunday – 12 paced miles.  Struggled with the first few miles. I just couldn’t warm up.  But it got easier and I had some great intervals.  I think Cherry Blossom should go well if I can just stick to my plan and not overdo it.

It’s CUCB Race Week!

cucblogoIt’s race week, CUCB runners.  You’ve made it!

The CUCB blog has some awesome tips for race weekend.  Be sure to check them out.  The Social Media team has been awesome for this race. Such awesome people and I can’t wait to hang out with them this weekend.

I’ve seen lots of Twitter posts from lots of nervous runners.  I totally understand the feeling, but have confidence in yourself.  You put in the work.  Trust your training.

Worried because your training didn’t go as planned?  Don’t let it get you down.  Plenty of people have showed up to a start line undertrained.  Sure, it’s not ideal, and maybe you have to let go of those PR dreams, but you can still do this.

Trying to get in some last minute hard training?  Don’t.  This is taper week.  Don’t just sit on your couch all week, but keep the training this week nice and light.  The last thing you want to do is risk hurting yourself.

Most importantly, remember to have fun.  Don’t worry about the weather or how fast others are running or the other things you can’t control.  Just go out and do your best.  And don’t forget to look at the blossoms!  It’s a beautiful time to be in DC!

Spandex: Not Just for Superheroes

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I hope everyone had a lovely weekend, whether you celebrated Passover, Easter, or just the coming of spring.  Speaking of the latter, I am so ready for spring, but I am not so sure about the coming of summer.  I love that I can go out on a run on the weekend and not have to bundle up like crazy, but I’m not sure that I’m looking forward to having to set my alarm for some crazy time in the morning so I can run before it gets hot.

This is why I will never move to Florida.  Also, Florida has large bugs and reptiles that will eat you.

Sadly, with summer comes the need to uncover.  And after this past week of eating like crazy (that’s what the end of Lent is all about, right?  Stuffing your face?) the idea of wearing anything even remotely revealing is kind of horrifying.  Not to mention that triathlon means spandex, and I still can’t believe I chose a sport where I have to wear spandex in public.

So now that the food holidays are out of the way, it’s back to serious calorie counting.   Otherwise that spandex is going to be even less attractive than normal.  Yikes.