Cherry Blossom 10-miler: The good, the bad, and the ugly!

The good:

  • I ran a PR–1:13:18
  • Incredible weather and beautiful course
  • Great time with friends both on and off the course
  • I got to meet Tonia of TMB Racing with Babes (check out the picture–she’s the stylin’ fit chick on the left to my frumpy big ‘ole t-shirt self on the right)
  • A wonderful post-race brunch at my friend Sue’s house with both our husbands and kids (thank you Sue!)
  • Watching the amazing Kenyans and Ethiopians cruising at the front
  • An amazingly efficient race organization, from the race itself to the bag check to the sufficient number of porta-potties

The bad:

  • Even though I PR’d, I wanted to break 73
  • Mile 9, my slowest by far
  • Didn’t get to see Joan Benoit Samuelson even though she was out there 
  • No cherry blossoms to be had–all long gone!

The ugly:

  • Probably took it out a bit too fast for my best racing capabilities, thus leading to crappy mile 9
  • Dodging a few potholes
  • Passing a friend who is an awesome runner and always capable of beating me, except when she is dealing with back issues

All-in-all–I had a great time today. In all my years of racing and living near DC, I’ve never done Cherry Blossom. Today I learned why people go back again and again. Such a great event and a reminder of what a beautiful capital city we have.

Now it’s time to give my legs a little RnR and get them recovered to take on Philadelphia’s Broad St. 10-miler in 3 weeks. I hope everyone who raced this weekend had a great day!

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  1. KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) says

    I may have to do that race some day. Sounds beautiful. Congrats on the PR…that's a very respectable race time! I know how hard it is to not go out hard when everyone else is flying by.

  2. Jeff - DangleTheCarrot says

    Congrats on the PR!! I used to live in Columbia, MD and sometimes miss DC this time of year – not in the winter (-:


    I was so great to get to meet up with you! Maybe one day I'll be speedy enough to actually race with you! Congrats on the PR!

  4. Hannah says

    I am laughing a bit at your profile info – apologizing to the "fast" people for not being "zippy" – despite your name "misszippy". Your PR is quite fast, you little stud! Well done!

  5. Barefoot AngieB says

    Wow Lady, You are fast! Great job on the PR :)
    Whats with no cherry blossoms? That kinda bite since its the name and all :)

  6. MCM Mama says

    Congrats on the PR! Today was definitely a beautiful race day.

    Lucky you, getting to meet Tonia. So jealous.

  7. Keri says

    Congrats on an awesome PR! What an honor to even run with Joan Benoit Samuelson. I always feel so humbled when I run races with elites…

  8. Running and living says

    I don't know what your PR was, but that is an awesome time. Be proud. Pacing is so tough in races. I usually run too conservatively, and then finish the race without an empty tank. Recently I started taking some chances, and managed to get faster. I would never take chances in a marathon, but in a 1/2 or shorter, why not. Perhaps next time start at the pace you ran today, and go faster and faster as the miles go on. You can DEFINITELY go under 1:13.GREAT job!

  9. Char says

    Great time. Maybe you did go out a little hard but sometimes you have to lay it all on the line to see what wou've got. Didn't work this time – maybe next time.

  10. ajh says

    Congrats on the PR. I am very jealous of you running this race. You are seriously fast! I am also jealous you met Tonia!!! Good for you. I have run a race with Joan Benoit Samuelson and it was a HUGE thrill! I run in Freeport where she lives every year and I always pretend she has met me and runs with me. I am sure my friends think I am nuts when I spin this tale when I return from my runs!

  11. Mel -Tall Mom on the Run says

    CONGRATS! I love this format for a race report. I want to meet Tonie someday, I love her stylish gear..

  12. Cynthia O'H says

    Nice work. You certainly zipped along. I feel your anguish over 18 seconds.

    Rest and start planning to break your time in the next few weeks!

  13. Black Knight says

    Congrats, you are very very fast. I am sure that Joan Benoit Samuelson will write on her blog, among the bad things, "Didn't get to see Misszippy even though she was out there".

  14. Big Daddy Diesel says

    Congrats on the PR, I love you gave the good, bad, and ugly. So many people just put the good.

    I like the new look

  15. Maryland Girl aka Michelle says

    Congratulations on the PR. I know several people that did this one. You had GREAT weather!

  16. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) says

    Woohoo on your PR! I know how you feel about being a little disappointed with your time, even though it was a PR…I felt the same way with my 1/2 this weekend. But, you did awesome! :)

  17. Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) says

    Nice PR, and a step closer to the 73 goal. You did great. Too bad about the blossoms being gone. I love the colors when they are in full bloom.

  18. lizardruns says

    Congratulations! But the price you pay for a PR: I saw Joan leaving Hains Point just as I was entering–back in 1:27 land :) This was my first time at the race too, and I can't believe how gorgeous and flat it was! And don't beat yourself up over mile 9. Mine was slow too, and I have no idea why. I didn't feel tired…

  19. lindsay says

    congrats on the pr!! cherry blossom has always intrigued me… 10miles seems like a great race distance and it just sounds like a pretty run.

  20. Kenley says

    I love how you recap your race here. The Cherry Blossom 10-miler sounds like a fun race to do. I believe that I am ready for some 10 mile races myself. Congratulations on the PR. That is incredibly fast for a slow turtle like me. lol. Thanks for the info on Philly. I might have to check that out. If not this year, definitely next. I am glad that you had a great time with your friends in all of this. I will add your blog to my list so I do not miss out on any of the Zippy Action. Do take care. Looking forward to the next post.

  21. AM-GoalsfortheWeek! says

    Holy Comments! wow! yeah, fun pr! and that always happens to me..go out too fast then it kills me in the end. when will i learn?
    great job!;-)

  22. The Laminator says

    Great race! It was fun to run in your city! I always enjoy visiting. This one was definitely worth the trip – even without the cherry blossoms!

  23. Dash says

    Wow! So much while I was away!! First congrats AWESOME new PR!! Cherry Blossom is a really pretty course! Second, I love the new look of your blog! Third, go get 'em at Broad ST!!!