Cherry Blossom 10 Miler
I feel like I have been doing nothing but race recaps lately. But don’t worry that is going to change in the next week or so and I will keep this brief! Not as in-depth as the last few recaps. This is what I will say… remember that ten miler I did last month, with gail? Well, I beat that time by 3 minutes and I did not pick it up the entire final mile like I did in Reston. I averaged 10:23 a mile and finished in 1:44:48 <— this is a big accomplishment for me.
I decided to do it in “new” shoes and ended up jacking up my achilles a little bit (hoping this isnt anything long term… finally seeing some improvement in my score). I had run in them 2 times before a handful of miles, the previous week. I have been testing out neutral cushion+ shoes, when I am used to wearing stability/motion control and it caused my achilles to get irritated. I imagine the rain today is not helping in the matter (as rain always make my joints ache and aggravates any other injuries).
Anyway, basically I am slowly working towards that 9 min pace for that sub 2 half, although I imagine it will be a while. heh.
The miles were pretty even for me, ranging from 10:10-10:30. I had one that was 10:51, where I took my top layer off. And one that was 10:59 where I stopped for a water stop since I was running out in my hand held. But overall, I felt REALLY good about this race and super strong! I felt like I could have totally carried on another 3 miles. Just hoping I can pull a similar performance off for Nike at the end of this month. The course was flat and pretty! I will totally be running this next year, if they will have me!
Other highlights of the day… despite achilles issues now, I love the Asics shoe I ran in. Also, I FINALLY got to meet Christine of We Run Disney — she is awesome and I really enjoyed meeting her. I hope to catch her at future races! She seems like a lot of fun and we have been friends on social media outlets for a while! She provides awesome support!!! 😀
Ok! Not much of a recap. I am keeping it short. Check back over the next few days… you might see something that strikes your fancy.
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