First of all, I realize that I may be pushing the boundaries of copyright law by posting a proof of a photo that someone is trying to sell amongst thousands of others for the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. However, because my budget can’t afford the astronomical amount of money the photo service is requesting to download ONE DIGITAL FILE ($39.95), I have decided to personally take the calculated risk of displaying my Team Reeve jersey once again in race form, and worry later about a letter asking me to remove the photo from my blog (if such a letter were ever to arrive).
My apologies for the delayed nature of this race report – the race was in fact 9 days ago and took place on April 11th. However, there could not have been a more beautiful morning for a race! It was sunny without a cloud in the light blue sky, but the temperature was perfect – probably in the low to mid 50s. And, the course itself was inspired – the picturesque course started and finished at the Washington Monument and its path wound around many of the famous DC monuments and sights, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Memorial Bridge, and Kennedy Center. The course was fast and for the most part entirely flat – probably the most difficult thing about the race was the sheer number of people racing around you at all times. Even toward the end of the race I was never ‘alone’, as is apt to happen on longer or more remote/trail courses.
I felt really great throughout the race, but definitely needed to push in the last couple miles to keep my pace below 6:45. I ended up running a 1:05:44, which equates to a 6:35/mile pace. Not too shabby for the 2nd race of my new running career! Two side notes, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty ran a 1:05:53, and my friend Nate ran an amazing sub-hour 10 miler!
This was my first time running this course and I will definitely do it again!