Cherry Blossom Time!

GOAL RACE #1: COMPLETED

Yesterday was the 42nd Cherry Blossom 10-miler in Washington, DC. Congrats to all those who finished!!! And especially to all those who set a new PR! The weather was perfect: 40-degrees, sunny and breezy. I ran the entire race next to my favorite person: my handsome hubby, Ben… AND we crushed our goal time for this race!

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My 10-Miler (“unofficial”) Race Stats:

Net Time- 1:28:48

Pace- 8:52.7

Gender Place- 2143/10,548

Div Place- 655/2709

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Fleet Feet Buddies Left to Right: Joel, Ben (husband), Me!, Kanayo, Carlos

Let’s talk pre-race…

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Race Day Essentials: Garmin Forerunner 10 (check!), Sweatyband Headband (check!), Tifosi Sunglasses (check!), CEP Compression Sleeves (check!), and Race Bib and Safety Pins (check & check!).

Even though I am almost 27 years old, I still set out my race gear for the next morning. I am always afraid of waking up late and forgetting something important. This year was quite the dilemma because race day was chillier than normal and I was debating whether or not to carry hydration… In the end I decided against a hydration belt (too heavy), and went with my go-to race day shorts and Nike Element 1/2 Zip (fav cold weather top!). I typically race in my Brooks Pure Flows, but since these shoes have about 400 miles on them (at least!), and I have been battling calf issues and a mild case of plantar fasciitis, I went with my super awesome training shoe: Adidas Energy Boost 2. Love, love, love!!!

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Retired: Brooks Pure Flows

On to FUEL…

Unlike my hubby, who made himself eggs, bacon, and a bagel for his pre-race breakfast… I started the morning off with 16 oz of Tropical Nuun and a packet of Cherry Blossom Honey Stingers (my favorite form of running nutrition). I do not typically drink or eat during the race because I get major cramps, but I made sure to properly fuel beforehand so I could give my tip-top performance!

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I am so proud of Ben and myself for doing so well in the race, yesterday!!! Now to continue my training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon DC in 3 weeks! Goal: Break 2 hours.

I did a 3 mile recovery run this morning… in the rain, and used my Addaday roller to massage out my tired legs. Feeling good!

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UPDATE for #rad2014:

MILEAGE MILESTONE for my 2014 Run-A-Day Challenge:

300 MILES!!! (304.85 to be exact)

 

 

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