Last weekend I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 miler for the second time.

I love this race since it’s largely flat and 10 miles is a great distance. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it’s easy. I still have to train for something like this. (Wisdom: Train for all races!) Personally, I cannot *wing* a 10 mile race, but I could maybe wing a 4 mile one.

And about that training, it only went so so. I’ve been running slower than this time last year, I have no idea why. But it’s fine. I think these ups and downs are to be expected.

Anyway, we took the train down and got to DC at 2pm on Saturday. We dropped our stuff off at our hotel. I like to pick a hotel walking distance from the race start. Even if we end up taking a cab to the race (which we did) it’s nice to have the option to walk home.

cherry blossom 10 miler

oh hey guys

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Hello there. I’m taking full advantage of the nice weather, my proximity to Central Park and that my ankle (knock on all of the wood) is still in good shape and I’ve signed up for a bunch of races.

Will you be running any of these? Any other ones I should add to my list?

Here is my spring/summer race list:

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I had the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in Washington DC on my calendar for a long time. The lottery is held in December so for months it was on my radar in a loose “ah the future is so far away!” manner.

I lived in DC for nearly 6 years and never ran this race, so I was super excited to run through a city I used to call home.  I also love showing Matt around DC. We’ve been to DC together 5 or 6 or 7 times in the last few years and I visit for work often. I’m pretty sure he loves hearing  (EACH VISIT) about every hotel I’ve stayed in, and what every restaurant/bar was called in 2007 when I was 22 and went out. I am a well-rounded tour guide.

But that’s not the only thing that imbued this race with a whole lot of special. This was my first race longer than a 10K since a series of ankle sprains. I approached this race in the months preceding with a careful hope. When April 3 came around, I was uninjured albeit a bit undertrained. I don’t love winter running, so I wasn’t as diligent as I aspired to be in following a plan, plus I’ve been traveling pretty much not-stop since January. </excuses>

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