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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
52F / 11C
Total Time = 7h 40m
Overall Rank = 1816/6881
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 34/321
Pre-race routine:

Slept in my nephew's room, surrounded by books, sports posters, and pokemon. Got up and ate a bagel and drove through Rock Creek Park into town with my brother and sister-in-law. We parked near the White House (and got to see it without _any_ people around-- a beautiful, and rare, sight) and walked a mile or so to the starting area, which was on the grounds surrounding the Washington Monument. We got there about 7. I've never seen longer lines at the porta-potties, so using them was hopeless, but fortunately I didn't have to go. Kathy, my SIL, realized at the last minute that we could use the VIP bathroom associated with our team. Jeff and I squeezed into our corral and tried to stay warm. I kept my sweatshirt on until just before the start.
Event warmup:

Nothing, except the walk from the car.
  • 1h 19m 1s
  • 10 miles
  • 07m 54s  min/mile

I started out running with Jeff, but at about a mile, he realized that the pace we were keeping, about 7:51, was too fast for him at his level of fitness after not really doing long runs much this year. I felt okay, although my legs were a little heavy for about the first half of the race. I think that running on a flat course is like riding a bike on a flat course-- it's nice not to have hills, but it presents its own challenges, since the stresses on your legs are the same, and there's no opportunity to rest and/or accelerate on downhills. The race was very crowded, and especially early on it was almost like a trail run in that you had to pay close attention to your feet or you could easily trip over one of the other runners, and it was difficult to settle into a pace because so many people were running this way and that, slowing down and speeding up, etc. It never really opened up for long, so you had to be vigilant throughout. I chose not to wear my mp3 player, in part just for a change, but also realizing that it's good practice for Eagleman, so I had the pleasure (?) of hearing a guy answer his cell phone during the early part of the run. There wasn't much talking during the run, as it seemed I was in a pace group of people who were pushing themselves too much to be chit-chatting. Kathy, who actually acquitted herself very well for her level of training, was back in the 9:30 pace group, and said there was WAY too much yakking for her preference. I pushed myself a fair amount in the last two miles (when the Wash. Monument was visible again), my pace perhaps a little limited by the incline before the finish, and I felt pretty much spent by the end. It was a fun run all the way.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, really. I got a PR for the distance, so I'm happy with my run. Too bad it's not under my name, since I was using a borrowed race number. ;-)
Post race
Warm down:

Walked to get some water, then back to see Jeff finish about two minutes behind me. Probably the only time I'll get to beat him! We then waited for Kathy, got some food (not much there, just muffins and bananas) and walked back to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not tapering, I guess. I swam for 45 minutes and rode for two hours on Friday before the race.

Last updated: 2010-03-26 12:00 AM
01:19:01 | 10 miles | 07m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 34/321
Overall: 1816/6881
Performance: Good
Course: Almost completely flat. The only incline was in the last mile. It goes without saying that the course was beautiful-- followed the Potomac, went back and forth across one of the bridges. The Cherry Blossoms were gone with the rain and wind of a few days previous, but the new shoots of green on the trees were gorgeous anyway. Looking across to see the Jefferson Memorial was memorable, as was being able to tell where the finish was by sighting the Washington Monument. We also ran under the Kennedy Center.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-04-12 7:59 AM

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Subject: Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

2010-04-12 10:24 AM
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Horsham, PA
Subject: RE: Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

Very impressive, Bob!  It was such a gorgeous weekend.  I would have loved to have seen D.C. this time of year in a race.  Nice run!  <img align='middle' src=''>

2010-04-12 10:59 AM
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Subject: RE: Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
great job with the lack of long runs.  Nice pace too.
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