Jeff’s Post – Yeah Cherry Blossom!
I haven’t had a chance to blog much lately because things have just been too busy. Between the travel, racing, training and work I have just found it difficult to sit down. We are also in the midst of finishing the basement, which just adds another element. One thing I can assure you is that we will have one amazing basement gym when we get done. Two treadmills, two bike trainers, weights, some type of elliptical, multiple flat screens and a sound system that will knock your running shoes off. I will be sure to share some pictures along the way. One last blogging note, as I sit here typing this I’m realizing one of the many reasons I enjoy blogging so much. Blogging allows me to slow down a bit and really remember some incredible moments that Tamara and I have had. Thank you for letting me share a few stories and thank you for joining us for our journey!
Now for the Cherry Blossom Recap – This was my first Cherry Blossom 10 miler (Tamara is a veteran) and all is I can say is this was a fantastic race. Sure it helped that Tamara and I had a great running day (we both had 7 minute PR’s) but the event itself was just so organized and Tamara couldn’t stop talking about how “Green” everything was. Rewind a few hours – I got up at 4:10am on race day. This is earlier than I needed to but I like to keep my schedule similar to my weekdays. I had my breakfast (oatmeal) and then tried to get princess out of bed – took a while but she finally woke up :). We got all geared up (with a few extra layers because it was cold) and headed out around 6:00am. Our hotel was only about 5 blocks from the start/finish which gave up plenty of time to get to bag check and our corral. We got there early took some pictures and tried to say warm! We headed to the start line around 7:10 and got to our corral. I was a little worried we were there so early but the time went by quick. I took a moment to put my arm around Tamara as the National Anthem played and looked over to the monument. I really do try to make a memory at our race starts and this was one of those special moments.
We decided before the start that we wouldn’t worry about running together and just run at the pace we felt most comfortable. The horn sounded and we were off. One thing I love (and hate) about running is that you really never know exactly how you will feel once you take off. I felt good right away. I always like to get mile one out of the way. I felt good with my pace and was able to take in some of the sights. I struggled mentally at the RnR ½ a few weeks ago so I was really focused on one mile at a time and often compared the distances to my daily treadmill run (I remember at mile 4 thinking – you only have a treadmill run to go). At around mile 5 we went around a turn and I was hoping to see Tamara on the way back. To my surprise I saw her. I remember thinking she was closer than I though she would be. I didn’t want a repeat of RnR so I knew I would have to push to keep her at bay J. I continued to feel good and by the 8 mile mark I knew I had this. Those last two miles were still tough but I knowing that you would have to completely collapse to miss a PR was a good feeling. It did seem like the last ½ mile took forever (and there was a decent incline at the end) but when I crossed the line and saw my Garmin said 1:13 I was thrilled. I remember thinking “I just PR’d by 7 minutes”. I immediately turned around a looked for Tamara and just a few minutes later I see her. I remember thinking “Tamara just PR’d by 7 minutes”. We were both smiling and for the first time in a while we both had an incredible runs and could enjoy amazing PR’s. We went down to the food and grabbed a few muffins (soooo good) and sat on the wall around the moment going over moments during the race.
I really needed a good race and this was such a good confidence booster for me. For the first time in a long time I felt fast and can’t wait until my next race. Great job Cherry Blossom – You put on an amazing event and I can’t wait to see you next year!
BTW – I love the RunPix race results provided by the folks at Cherry Blossom
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Click here for Tamara’s Results