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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
55F / 13C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 18m 52s
Overall Rank = 1754/6595
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 397/1424
Pre-race routine:

What a disaster. Running late (obviously), got off the metro about 7:15, thought I had plenty of time to hit the port-a-poties. Sure enough, the shortest line still took me to 7:55 to actually make it in (10 minutes after my wave already left). Next time, no morning coffee.
Event warmup:

None, stretching in line for the port-a-poties.
Run
  • 1h 18m 52s
  • 10 miles
  • 07m 53s  min/mile
Comments:

I am pissed off that I started so late, so I go out like a bat out of hell. I think, "ok, this is good, there's nobody around me, I'll be fine." Just then I notice that all of the port-a-poties on the course in the first .5 miles were completely empty. Just my luck.

Then I hit the wall of the purple wave. Bob, weave, grass, sidewalk, in the opposite lane, I did everything in my power to get through. I was constantly speeding up, slowing down, running diagonally, running on the side of a hill, talk about frustrating. I spent about 8.5 miles in the grass/sidewalk because there was no point in running in the road. I finally made it back up to the rear of the blues around mile 9 and finished strong.

I think they said there were only 15,000 that signed up for this, I'm seriously re-considering running the Army 10-miler (30,000) in October, I couldn't imagine doubling that amount of people.
What would you do differently?:

START IN MY WAVE.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching, not exactly many places to get a warm-down run in but I was ok with that. Next stop, gluttony @ Liberty Tavern buffet in Clarendon.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I didn't eat/drink anything on the course, so I'm not sure if that helped or hurt me. Bobbing and weaving didn't help either.

Event comments:

Overall I really liked this race, weather was great and a bunch of friends/family came and ran it too which was cool. I think I really hindered my ability by starting so far behind which I can only blame myself for.




Last updated: 2008-12-18 12:00 AM
Running
01:18:52 | 10 miles | 07m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 397/1424
Overall: 1754/6595
Performance: Average
Course: Flat, beautiful scenery, perfect weather, couldn't beat it.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-04-05 4:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

7:55 start - that's nothing try 8:10 next time when the entire race is gone - long story.  :-)  Great race though!

2009-04-05 4:23 PM
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Good grief, I just read your race report, that's some serious dedication!  It really does give you a different perspective when you have to catch the back of the pack.  By the way, great job!

2009-04-05 4:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

I've done the Cherry Blossom twice and the Army Ten Miler once, and the ATM never felt as congested as the Cherry Blossom. I think the roads in the ATM are wider and the waves start a few more minutes apart.

Those bathroom lines were killer for everyone, it seems. Nice race!

2009-04-05 5:06 PM
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Late or not still an awesome pace.  Good race.

2009-04-05 5:07 PM
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sdalessio - 2009-04-05 6:06 PM

Late or not still an awesome pace.  Good race.

^^^ That was me, didn't realize I wasn't logged in...



2009-04-05 8:37 PM
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Congrats, Tim- that's a solid run!

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