10 miler recap
I feel like when it’s my friends and I going to something planned, craziness has to happen at some point.
Saturday night was a big sleepover at my house before the big race. I woke up early and made us all oatmeal and some chia fresca to fuel us for our run. I also realized that my ipod wasn’t connecting to my computer, so no ipod and playlist for me. We ended up leaving a little later than planned and I was zooming on 95 to try and get us there in time.
Somehow we managed to miss every metro as they passed us right as we walked up to the platform. This probably added on another 15-20 minutes onto our lateness. By the time we got off the Smithsonian stop we ran the quarter mile till we reached the race location. We ALL had to use the porta pots before the race began so we rushed over and each went in. While we were in there we heard the man on the loudspeaker say ” YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE TO GET PAST THE STARTING LINE OR WE SEAL OFF THE COURSE AND YOU CAN NOT RUN. PEOPLE IN THE PORTA POTS, YOU BETTER HURRY!”
We zoomed out as quick as we could then started running towards the start. For some reason it ended up being way further than we thought. The announcer says “20 SECONDS TO CROSS OR YOU CAN NOT RUN”
We sprinted as fast as we could and passed the starting line with less than 10 seconds to go. Probably not the most ideal way to start off your 10 mile run.
Already winded and still caught off guard, we realized we had started at the VERY end with the last wave of runners. We couldn’t get through anyone hardly and were trying to dodge through people but couldn’t since it was so packed. The entire time during the run and it was packed the whole way.
The miles seemed to go by pretty quickly in the beginning, and the scenery was so pretty even though all the cherry blossoms had already died. No blossoms to be found at all! By mile 5 I knew I was halfway through and was going to finish this 10 miles. By mile 7 I knew I had about a 5k left. 8 miles, and 2 miles were all I had to push through. 9 miles, the furthest i’ve ever run and 10 mile mark was only slightly beyond my reach. My legs felt heavy but with a quarter mile left I picked it up and pushed through the finish line feeling so happy it was beyond words.
I was the girl during field hockey who would dread every single run on the weekend. The girl who never thought a 5k was possible, that 3 miles would very well kill me. The girl who was inspired by all the runners and signed up to run a half marathon last year and was sidelined and discouraged due to my hamstring.
The girl who decided that she wanted to complete this 10 mile run and finished it proud. You really can do anything you put your mind to. You just need to decide what your goals are and know that you will do anything to get there. You can push yourself beyond what you ever thought possible, and finish feeling triumphant.
I did it, and I’m proud of myself 🙂
DC Cherry Blossom 10 miler finished in : 1:45:06