Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Race Report
|April 4, 2011||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
The plan for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler was to run the race at my Marathon Goal pace.
I give myself a B+
I started the morning by putting on my best “how to stand out in a crowd of 15,000 runners and still wear Boston gear” outfit.
After scarfing down my typical race day breakfast of a peanut butter bagel, The Rocket Ship and I walked to the race start. I don’t think i‘ll ever get tired of having races within walking distance of my hose.
The race started right by the base of the Washington Monument and the crowd was INSANE.
They actually had jumbo trons broadcasting the race from every corner of the start area.
Lucky for me, in the sea of 15,000 runners I was seeded in the first corral.
Can you tell it was chilly at the start line?
Even with the luxury of starting in the first wave of runners, it was still insanely crowded after the gun went off.
I was very grateful that I had no aspirations to race the course. Much of the first mile was spent dodging people sprinting ahead or ducking out of the way of slower runners.
I saw The Rocket Ship right after the start line, gave a wave and tried to settle into my goal pace.
Bt failed miserably at it.
7:38 felt too slow. I simply cold not get into the groove of holding that ace. So I started off a little faster than planned.
Mile 1- 7:25
Mile 2- 7:15
Mile 3- 7:22
Around Mile 2 or 3 I ran into a guy I run with occasionally. He was holding a ace a little faster than I wanted to go but I enjoyed having his company for a few miles so I ran with it. (ha. ha.)
At Mile 5 I saw My Rocket Ship again. Looking dashingly handsome with a ink camera strap around his neck.
In the back half of the course I had better success with slowing down. This was due in no small part to getting stuck behind an old man who had a pained look and kept huffing HuH HuH HuH HuH in a gross horsy ld vice. Thanks old man for motivating me to slow down.
I finished the race feeling strong and picked it a little bit for the last part.
.11-:39 (6:02 pace)
Garmin Time: 1:14.14
Garmin Distance: 10.11
Garmin pace: 7:21
Gun Time: 1:14.14
Gun pace: 7:26
While I’m a little disappointed in my inability to execute my race ace. was not THAT far off and I feel good about running a 7:21 ace and feeling strong the entre time.
Is it time for Boston yet?