Even though it feels like I just raced, it’s race week again! (This is what happens when I schedule a race for every month.) This Sunday is the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Miler, a pretty popular race here in DC. It’s definitely one of my favorites. I really love the ten mile distance. It’s long enough that I don’t feel like I have to sprint the whole time, but it’s not as long as a half marathon (obviously). CUCB was the first ten miler I ever ran, a huge jump from my prior 5Ks, and the first race I ran after moving to the DC area.
I also love the course. I know a lot of people hate running Hains Point, but I don’t mind it at all, and when the flowers are blooming, it’s absolutely perfect. I’m not sure what the flower status is going to be this weekend, but either way, it’s a nice, peaceful part of the race course.
In terms of race goals, I don’t really have any. I’d like to continue my recent trend of strong running and come in with a fast (for me) finish, but as always, it’s all going to depend on how I feel. No chance at a PR here – my ten miler PR is from before my heart issues were diagnosed, and it’s going to take a lot to get me back to that speed – if it’s possible at all. But that said, if I can beat my time from last year, it will be the fastest 10 miler I’ve run since that diagnosis back in 2010. So I suppose something under 2:08:46 is my goal. But I’ll be delighted with anything under 2:10.
This weekend, I’m excited to run with a bunch of my Coeur teammates. Well, “run with” is a loose term. We’re meeting up beforehand, running our own races, then meeting up for brunch. Some of them will have time to run extra miles and shower before brunch. I will be pushing to make it to brunch on time. The joys of being a slower runner. But no matter my pace, I have not once felt like a lesser team member because I’ll be in the party wave at the race. (The purple wave is totally the party wave.) And they’ve promised to save me a seat at brunch. That’s the most important part.