Hopefully you are not tired of all of my Cherry Blossom 10 Miler posts yet. I promise this is the last one at least until next year! I have to say that this whole race weekend was planned many months ago and was packed full of fun and friends. So packed, that I almost forgot about the running part.
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Race Weekend
Friday- Friends, Food and Champagne
With both Linda and Kim coming in for the weekend to run the race, I thought why not make it a party. I decided to throw a big one with all of my besties from my running group and a couple of local DC fitness bloggers as well. The more the merrier right? Thankfully, Erika, Coco and Deb were all available to attend.
It was so much fun to see everyone together. Great food and fabulous friends is the best way to kick off a girls weekend. And of course the cookies were just amazing.
Saturday- Packet Pickup
We woke up to a gorgeous day! After brunch outside at Northside Social, we headed downtown to packet pickup at The National Building Museum. Pick up was a breeze and we had no problems picking up a bunch of bibs and t shirts for friends as well. Linda and I found the perfect race day t shirts to wear. See below. We had some fun posing for photos at the expo and outside under the cherry blossoms.
After dinner and a few glasses of wine, we arranged our “flat mamas” and put out our race day gear. I was having so much all weekend that I almost forgot that we were waking up at zero dark thirty to run 10 miles.
Up at 5 am for a 6:15 departure downtown. Easily found parking 3 blocks away and made it to the start in front of the Washington Monument. Grabbed a few photos before heading into our corral. There are about 20,0000 runners so it’s a busy one!
Given my recent ankle tendonitis and low mileage leading up to the race, I decided to use 6:1 intervals for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. For me, it is more psychologically appealing to have set walk breaks than feeling defeated if I needed to walk. I was glad to have the walk breaks especially with miles 8-10. Even got a few mid race photos on the walk breaks.
This was my 9th? time running the Cherry Blossom and my slowest by far. I was so happy to make it to the finish line without my ankle hurting that I really did not care. It was a gorgeous day with temps in the 50’s and the blossoms at full bloom. Quite a difference from previous years where we froze our butts off. Could not ask for a better race day. Finish lines and friends made this year’s race day extra special to me. I definitely hope to be back next year for a redo.
Thanks for sticking with the long recap!
Kim and Zenaida
Debbie and Marc