On Sunday, I ran DC’s Cherry Blossom 10-Miler! It was a whirlwind of a day — emphasis on WIND.
Sunday morning greeted us with 45-mph winds and temps in the 30s. Yikes. The race directors actually canceled the kids’ run because it was so windy! The adults, however, were still allowed to
suffer enjoy the race. 😉 Here I am with part of team Cabot! So thankful that Anne and Cabot were able to sponsor me for this race. #willrunforcheddarRewinding to the start: Woke up on Sokphal’s cozy couch at 5:30 a.m.! We ate some homemade bread I brought with me from Nashville (because I’m a carb snob) and I downed a cup of hot tea. By 6:40 or so we started to walk/jog the 1.5 miles from her apartment to the start line. I miss this view!I hate being early for races (especially when it is freaking freezing outside) so we had just enough time to drop our bags, snap a photo, and hit the start line at 7:30. Not a second to spare.Sokphal ended up running with a pacer buddy and I noodled my way up toward the front-ish of the race. Only about 2,000 runners ahead of me and 15,000 behind ;). This is a huge race, but for some reason it didn’t feel too overcrowded at the start. The Cherry Blossom peeps decided not to put up any start/finish signs or mile marker signs in fear that they would blow away, which made this race look kind of weird, right? Where is the start?!And then we were off! I am usually very frustrated during the first mile of a race because I have to weave around people, especially shorter races where I’m trying to run fast from the start. Surprisingly, Cherry Blossom was way less of a cluster than I thought it would be. After about half of a mile of weaving around people I was able to cruise right along.I didn’t have any firm goals for this race — especially when I found out how windy it was going to be — but thought that I could aim for a 7:20 pace. My previous 10-mile PR was a 1:13:42 from a race two years ago (7:22 pace) and I figured I might be able to eek out a PR if the wind blew me in the right direction
Mile 1: 7:19, Mile 2: 7:16As the runner crowds started thinning out and I warmed up a little bit, I thought — hey, this isn’t so hard! Still, I tried to hold back a bit because I didn’t know when the headwinds would hit.
Mile 3: 7:21, Mile 4: 7:12, Mile 5: 7:10By the time I hit mile 6 I knew I was in good shape to PR, and more than halfway done! I picked up the pace a little bit and enjoyed the tailwinds!
Mile 6: 7:14, Mile 7: 7:10, Mile 8: 7:08
At mile 8.5-9.5 the BIG wind came! I’d felt it throughout the race but it started coming on strong as we rounded out of Hains Point.
So I got reeeeeaaaaal close to some larger men and drafted hard. Big thanks to these guys:And this guy:And these dudes:And especially this guy! I think he was creeped out by me running so unusually close to him. Can’t imagine why. HA.I was hoping to let loose on mile 9 but the wind got to me. My goal for this mile was just to stay under 7:20…
Mile 9: 7:19
And then it was time to pick it up! The last mile was still windy, but at least most of it was a slight downhill. No finish line in sight because there were no signs — but I knew I was almost there! Mile 10: 7:02
And then I was done! I freaked out a bit at the finish line because my Garmin stalled out for some reason and I was like WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE SATELLITES.But then it came back and showed my time Official finish time was 1:12:40 — a minute faster than my previous PR at a 7:16 pace. Anne and Sokphal PR’ed too — way to go, team!In fact, a bunch of ladies from team Cabot pulled off a fast race, despite the crazy winds. Must have been the magical cheese. About half of our team members were bloggers — you can go read their race recaps, too! Theodora | Ashley | Sokphal | Rose | AnneSo glad I got to check this amazing race off of my list! Thanks again to Anne and Cabot for the opportunity. Hope to see you soon, DC!
- My DC peeps: Did you run Cherry Blossom? Did you get blown away?
- Are you a positive splitter or a negative one?
- Favorite type of cheese?! I love a sharp white cheddar. Also love manchego.