This year’s peak boom coordinated most perfectly with Nance and Len’s visit and the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler!
Such a fun weekend! Rather than following a deliberate tourist itinerary, on Saturday we headed to Eastern Market and the Botanic Garden. Interestingly, the Botanic Garden isn’t a Smithsonian museum, it’s supervised by Congress through the Architect of the Capitol, who is responsible for maintaining the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. It’s also open every day of the year (including federal holidays) and is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. After a few failed group selfie attempts we eventually had a kind gentleman actually take our picture. Nance took it upon herself to blend into the background. That old thing? It’s from Talbots.
Then Sunday was race day! Overall it was a great experience. The course was flat and so incredibly beautiful with the cherry blossoms in bloom. I attempted a mid-run shot, highlighting the tree lined trail and how many people were in the race! The volume of runners was really the only challenging factor. This year there were 17k finishers with staggered start times, which eventually all combined into one long running train. I thought after a few miles the course would thin out, but that really wasn’t the case. I probably could have paced faster if I didn’t have to weigh the pros and cons of dodging other runners. Alternatively, extra running friends could have also acted as extra motivation. Who knows! And since there was an early morning incident on the race course, it was actually shortened by .5ish miles, the most amazing mid-run realization. More energy for a strong finish!
Overall, my final time was 1:24:39 which evens out to about 8:55/mile. A bit better than expected! So thankful the parents could visit during the action-packed weekend! Even if they somehow missed me cross the finish line… : ) Cheers! -EmPan