The race started at 7:40 a.m.; the alarm was mistakenly set for 6:50 (instead of 5:50) and um, I woke up at 6:47. FAIL! I didn’t care too much, as this race was mostly for fun and, given that there are 15,000 runners, I figured I’d at least make it for the last wave…
As it turned out, I was not alone – the Metro was packed with last-minute travelers. Whoop, let’s go! I walked up to the Starting line right as the announcer said “I need all Red-bibs to the Front” – that’s me!! PERFECT.
I walked right into the RED wave and got started!
8:38, 8:20, 8;16, 8:00, 8:04
Since I left the house while chomping on my Peanutbutter-toast, coffee and water-less, I was still trying to feel awake at this point. Heh, oops! Luckily I had absolutely no time or PR-goal for this race. Just run, enjoy, and try not to get trampled (15,000 runners!). I settled into 8 min/miles and hoped it would last. I had done an easy 5-mile run on Saturday, so the legs were fresh and ready to G-O…
7:57, 7:56, 8:01, 7:43, 7:37, 7:00 (0.10)
The course stayed right along the Tidal basin; it was relatively flat and very scenic. Ideally, we would be surrounded by Cherry Blossoms. However, last week’s 90* temps and sudden rain/windstorm had other plans. Adios, Cherry Blossoms! We ran through a sea of green, instead of pink.
Ah, well. You’ll never hear a complaint from me if it’s sunny and a brisk 65-70* on race morning. PERFECT, in my opinion. 😉 I grabbed some water at mile 8, hence a slightly slower split. From there, it was time to Speeeed it up until I crossed the Finish line – With a new 10-miler PR!
G came in at 10.10 miles; the Garmin never reads “exact” race distances, probably due to corner-cutting (or extending) and my fancy-footing to hop around people as I go…
Chip Time – 1:21:13, avg 8:08 m/m pace
(Garmin Time – 1:21:12)
111/967 – Age Group (20-24)
760 /8813 Women
My usual race-buddies were outta town for this one, sad day! I missed you guys! My #1 supporter was there, as usual. 🙂 Change of clothes, water bottle, and camera in hand!
Time for Brunch!
You know the deal – we race, and WE BRUNCH! A friend hosted it at his apartment this time. We dined on the balcony to enjoy the sunshine and the view. Oh, the view….
Some things were still cooking when we arrived…but the SWEET stuff? It was ready and waiting…
Another race, in the books!