So if you couldn't figure it out from my lack of running posts, I didn't really train that well for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler this past weekend. Three years ago I ran my first Cherry Blossom 10 miler (first 10 miler ever) and I ran 4 miles in training and then went out and ran 10 miles the day of...yeah I thought I was going to die. Well fast forward to this year and you can add an extra mile to the 4 and you've got my longest run (and yes I know I have a half marathon next weekend!) So I was a bit worried. The only thing that helped was I had a really good 5 mile run earlier in the week and I at least was familiar with the race course. Last year I had a pretty good training schedule and followed it and ran it in 2:05 (just call me speedy Gonzalez) I was originally shooting for 2 hours or less...well with my fabulous training I think that goal was pretty much scrapped. Now I am hoping to finish, not get picked up by the slow bus, not want to get picked up by the slow bus, and to run more than I walk.
The beginning of the race was super packed. I almost got a black eye from some lady who was throwing some mean elbows. I was trying to think of what I did to her to make her want to give me a black eye.
I ended up running more than I did last year (just a bit slower) I didn't make my 2:00 time but I did run it in 2:10 which is fine considering I didn't really train for the run. I am sad I missed the guy who was giving away free beer and oreos somewhere between mile 7 and 8. My friend Dennis went back for the beer after he figured he wasn't going to make his goal lol..
It was a great day..I did think I was going to be sick after the run as we were in the metro..but as normal once I got some food in me I was fine. I just saw some of the pictures from the race and I might actually purchase a few...finally a picture that doesn't look completely horrid!!