Next race – Cherry Blossom Ten Miler

cucblogoMy next race is this weekend, and it’s one of my favorites – the Credit Union Cherry Blossom ten miler.  This will be my sixth year running, and hopefully not my slowest year running.  March was kind of a wash when it comes to training, thanks mostly to being sick.  I got in six miles this weekend, though, and it went significantly better than expected.

That said, we’ll see how my lungs hold out.  And my legs.  I’m not a fast runner to begin with and this is a 14 minute mile pace.  On a normal day, sure, that’s not a problem, but who knows what my lungs will decide to do come race day.  I’ve been slowly weaning off my cough suppressant, which is going well.  I can actually sleep without spending half the night coughing!  I consider that a victory.  I also know that this race has a sweep point at mile 5, so if I hit there and know it’s just not my day, I can opt out.  I’ve never DNFed a race before, but there’s always a first time for everything, and better safe than sorry.  I am feeling significantly better though, so here’s hoping!

So, the race.  I love this race, even though the weather is traditionally terrible.  Last year, we lucked out and got to run under peak blooms.  This year, we’ll be a week after peak, so there will likely be lots of blossoms on the ground, sadly.  But it’s still a great course.  I love running through the streets of DC, and I even love Hains Point, even though everyone hates it.

(Side note – The best part of last year’s race was beginning Hains Point with Betsy and hearing her say “This isn’t so bad!” and finishing Hains Point with Betsy and hearing her say “I hate Hains Point.”)

This is an awesome race – a big race with the spirit of a small race.  And actually, it’s not THAT big of a race – which is why the lottery is such a big deal.  This was my first ten mile race, and my first big race in DC, and it will always be special to me.  So here’s hoping my lungs and legs get me to my sixth finish!

5 thoughts on “Next race – Cherry Blossom Ten Miler

  1. I’d really like to do this race sometime! Maybe not next year, but it’s on my must-do race list. I hope you’re able to reach your goal time!

  2. I agree with Betsy, I HATE Hains Point and hope to never run it again (It’s been a part of many a 5k/10k/half marathon, and now the CBCU 10-miler). I loved last year’s race so much that I never want to run it again, since it will likely never be during peak bloom again. Would rather just have that memory forever haha. Good luck this weekend!

  3. I hope you are feeling better by then and have a great race! I have had one DNF and it wasn’t pretty, so I seriously hope that doesn’t happen to you! 😉 Sending you all my extra strength and energy this weekend!

  4. Good luck to you and the other runners this weekend!

    And if you signed up to get a medal make sure I’m the one that gets to give it to you 😉

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