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Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

For some reason I wasn’t really looking forward to today’s race at all.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t feel like training for it, so I didn’t really, or that I was going all alone to a race for the first time, I don’t know what, but I never got nervous which is extremely odd for me.  For going into the race unexcited, not really trained as well as I should be, somewhat sick, and with a nagging hamstring (geez could more things have been wrong?) I am very happy with my performance at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler today.

 

Waiting on the Mall for the race to start and sun to come up

 

  • Mile 1: 9:02
  • Mile 2: 8:55
  • Mile 3:: 9:03  <— technically 12:03 because I was standing in line waiting to pee (which I’ve never had to do before) watching the minutes tick by
  • Mile 4: 8:46
  • Mile 5: 9:04
  • Mile 6: 8:57
  • Mile 7: 9:13
  • Mile 8: 8:53
  • Mile 9: 9:27
  • Mile 10: 9:18

I knew from the beginning the race was going to be a struggle.  The first two miles my toes were numb as was most of my body and everything felt like it was taking so much more energy than usual.  I tried to focus on the pretty sights going across the Memorial Bridge, and by Mile 3 was just falling into my stride when I was hit with the “hmm I think I have to pee” thoughts.  It was one of those things that would have been on my mind the whole race had I not stopped, so I just sucked it up.  Some people need to learn how to pee faster, just sayin.

Miles 4-6 were fine and dandy and I just took in the pretty sights of the water around me and blooming Cherry Blossom trees.  At the turn around on the course to head back towards the finish we were running into wind, which was not so fun, but whatevs.  All I could think about was finishing, meeting up with Dani and Adrienne and heading to brunch to drink mimosas.  When I saw the sign that said there were 1200 meters to go I tried to haul it in, but the final hill kind of made that impossible.  One of these days I’ll learn how to save some energy for the end of a race.

Yeah miles 9 and 10 were a little rough, especially the final hill before the finish line, that’s just mean.  I walked through all the water station which were ever other mile or so, because I mostly felt horrible the whole time haha.  Once I hit mile 7 I was just wishing it was over and trying to remember why I sign up for races.  The Cherry Blossom course is a beautiful one though, and there was lots to look at to distract me from how much my knee and legs were starting to hurt.  My IT band is actually verrrrrry cranky right now, which is in turn making me very cranky.  I’m actually really happy it’s almost summer, because I am definitely over racing for a while.  Although I did wear my medal proudly all day long.

 

Will run for BEER (or mimosas or any booze really)

Eh, sorry I’m not more uplifting in my race recap.  I’m just really happy the course was pretty, because honestly I may have bailed half way if it wasn’t.  That’s the kind of mood I was in.  Anyway, I hope everyone else who raced had a great day! At least we had nice weather!

 

Lady Date

Last night my roommate Danielle and I went out on a lady date to a local Thai restaurant, Bangkok 54.  I ordered take-out from there once before, and we’d heard the drinks were delicious so we decided to try it out.  I started with a Flirtini and Spring rolls, while Dani had the Q-tini and Crispy Edamame Strips.  All things were delicious.  For my main course I ordered the 54s Fried Rice and Dani went with the Bangkok 54 Golden Chicken ~Lightly battered and deep-fried and wok-tossed with special chef’s sauce with fresh roasted cashews.  My fried rice was delicious and spicy and had my nose running, and I snagged a piece of Dani’s chicken which was also fantastic.  We paid our bill, moved on to the bar, and three glasses of wine later finally called it a night and came home.

I’m thinking one Flirtini, and 3 or 4 glasses of Cab were not the best way to prepare for my long run today, because I felt like shit.  I really struggled through it and my calves were sore the entire time.  Can someone explain that one to me?  When I was training for my half my thighs would always be sore and my calves okay.  It’s the complete opposite this time around and I can’t figure it out.  Any thoughts?  Anyway, 6.5 miles in 57:30.

Again this week there was wind blowing in my face for the first half of the run.  That’s getting old.  I have no idea if I’m ready for next weeks race, at this point I’m just kind of crossing my fingers and hoping I make it through all 10 miles in a respectable time.  I guess we’ll see what happens.

I plan on heading out in a little bit to meet up with all the bloggers that are in town for the Marathon/Half Marathon.  I’ll be the one standing awkwardly in a corner not knowing anyone.  So if you see me there, say hi!  After that I’ll probably curl up on the couch with wine and be a complete bum, because well I’m tired, and a loser :).  Have a great Saturday!

Finally Friday

One of the great things about blogging is I can write a post like I did yesterday, put it out there on the internet, and receive feedback, support, and realize just how many people are feeling the same way.  If I just write in a journal or keep the thoughts in my head, none of that is possible.  So thank you to everyone who left a comment, sent me a message on Twitter, and really reached out.  I appreciate it so much, I’m glad so many of you appreciated the post, and I think it’s good to see that most of us feel like that at one point or another.

To be clear, I know my insecurities make me imagine most of the things I’m afraid of.  I have wonderful friends who would do anything for me, including rush to my side when I’m dumped on my ass at Applebees, or letting me stay with them for days in college when the boy I was living with broke up with me and I refused to go home.  I hope they all know how much I appreciate them :).

Moving on to less serious topics of conversation.  Wednesday’s workout consisted of about an hour of lifting weights, yup you read that correctly.  I’m still waddling around like a penguin.  Someone remind me not to do squats and lunges next Wednesday, or I won’t be running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I’ll be hobbling.

Yesterday it took me 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to work.  As much as I love how pretty the George Washington Parkway is, I did not want to spend that much time on it on a Thursday morning.  After a commute like that I wanted nothing more than to just go home after work, so that’s what I did.  Running would have been a disaster anyway (see above mentioned waddling) so I settled on pizza and vodka instead.

Tomorrow I have my last long run scheduled before the race next weekend, and then a blogger meet and greet later Saturday night.  I’m pretty excited to get a chance to meet so many more of you at one time, and good luck to everyone running either the half or the full tomorrow!  At least it won’t be snowing like it’s supposed to on Sunday!  Oh hey, and happy Friday.