I hope each of you had a relaxing weekend. Mine was pretty packed. I feel like I’m just now recovered! My two friends from grad school came in for the weekend (Mallory and Amanda). It was so great seeing them both…it had definitely been awhile. Mallory and her boyfriend Adam recently got a golden-doodle named Bodhi. We were excited for Molly and Bodhi to meet. At the begining Bodhi was pretty terrified of Molly (she may or maynot have almost broken his hip the first meeting), but by the end of the weekend they were best friends. It was adorable watching him follow Molly around!
Bodhi and Molly
Sunday morning I had an early wake up at 5am for the 730am start of the Cherry Blossom 10 miler! LJ was nice enough to drop me off in Court House where my co-worker Erin and I caught the metro. The race started at the Washington Monument. The metro was not as busy as we thought it would be, so by the time we got there we had 45 minutes to kill before the race started . The sun hadn’t come up yet and there was a slight breeze, so it was FREEZING at the start line. I’m pretty sure I burned more energy shivering for an hour than actually running the race! Perfect photo op with the newly fixed monument!
Erin and I sleepy and cold, but ready to run!
The elite runners started at 7:18 and then the regulars started around 7:30 with each corral going off every 3-5 minutes. I was in the second “red” corral. It was definitely a PACKED race! I was hoping to keep a 8 min/mile pace and aiming to finish in 1:20ish. I did something to my Garmin and it didn’t record my mile splits (so annoyed), so I can’t share with you my individual splits. But based on the results page my times were as follows:
5 mile split: 40:38 (8:07 min/mile)
10k split: 50:42 (8:09 min/mile)
10 mile finish: 1:22:10 (8:13 min/mile)
Placed: 1,025 out of 10,548 females (top 9.7%) and 3,361 out of 17,747 total runners (top 19%)
If I were to keep that 8:13 min/mile pace I would have projected to finish a half (13.1) in about 1:47:40, which would beat my last half marathon PR by ~a minute! Given the crowds, multiple out and backs, and dodging people the first 5 miles, I was pretty happy with my finish. While I would prefer to see negative splits at the end, I was happy I only slowed down 6 seconds/mile from the halfway point to the finish. Definitely a confidence booster that I can hopefully break my half marathon PR in 4 weeks when I run the Flying Pirate Half-Marathon. I will also have one of my favorite running buddies with me–which always makes runs more fun
Thumbs up for a PR!
Couple of things I learned this race that I will do differently at the half:
-Eat something more than a banana (I was starving at the start line). Maybe add a slice of toast with almond or peanut butter.
-Patrol thrift shops for old sweatshirts to wear at the start line (then ditch), so I do not shiver to death before the races starts
-Keep my eyes glued to my Garmin the first 2-3 miles to make sure I’m not going out too fast
Overall it was a really fun race with beautiful views of DC. The whole event was super organized! I didn’t even have to wait in line when I picked up my packed on Friday afternoon. This is definitely a race to add to the bucket list. I’m happy I got the opportunity to do it!
Now to focus on my next races:
-Flying Pirate Half-Marathon (Outer Banks, NC) May 4, 2014
-Marine Corp Marathon (Washington, DC) October 26, 2014–yes you’re reading that correctly! I got into the Marine Corps marathon! I am super excited for this race. Full-blown training will begin the end of July, so stay tuned!
How was your weekend?
Any marathon training/racing advice?
P.S–I haven’t forgotten! Working on a post about my kitchen cabinet painting adventure.
P.P.S– As you can imagine, Megan has her hands full with a 4 month old and working full-time. Of course she will post when she can, but you’re stuck listening to me, mostly, for now