I’m actually writing this the day before my long run — a 9-miler I’ll tackle early Saturday morning, just as this post is making its way into the world. I’m thankful to be meeting a friend because, otherwise, I would have hard time getting out there before 8 a.m. on a 30-degree morning. And while the weather promises to be spring-like later in the day tomorrow, we just might get one more snow blitz come Sunday. (Hear that? It’s me crying. I’m so very over winter weather.)
I’m about two weeks away from my first race of the year, the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, D.C. The race takes place during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival which is a spring rite of passage for the area. And, of course, it’s all about catching those blossoms at their peak: Bloom Watch predicts they will peak between April 3-6. My race is April 7, so I’m thinking I’ll get some good blossom action along the course.
The Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run starts on the lawn of the National Mall directly beside the Washington Monument. Waves upon waves of runners are staggered at the start so the build up to actually cross the starting line can feel a little epic. Once you get going, you are adrift in a sea of runners as you wind your way through the course in D.C.
If you’re lucky, the cherry blossoms are at their peak so the trees that line the race course look like they are sprouting popcorn and as the petals rain down, it looks like snow. With so much to see and so many runners surrounding you, you pay no mind to the mile markers. Last year, by the time I reached mile 6, I was surprised to be more than half-way finished.
I hope the Cherry Blossom I envision in my head is as nice as the one I run early next month. What’s your game plan for poor conditions on a race day? Have any good tips or tricks that help you grin and bear it?
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