I have said before that I’m not great at setting goals, and this year’s Cherry Blossom race was no different. When Facebook reminded me about last year’s PR, I spent a few days stressing over how I would be able to match that (barely) sub-8:00 min/mile pace. After visiting the expo on Friday, I was pumped with energy and convinced that I could do it. I started Saturday full of excitement, but several Cherry Blososm Festival traffic jams later, I was just plain tired. Sunday morning I went through the motions of my pre-race routine, wondering if I was in the mood to put in the effort it would take to match last year’s PR. Shortly before the race started, they announced that the course had to be shortened because of an emergency along part of the route. That took the pressure off, and I decided to enjoy the glorious weather and the gorgeous blossoms. Then I ended up at the front of my corral and ….
Here’s my race weekend recap in pictures, with more on the race below.
First traffic jam of the day, heading to the airport to pick up Margarita.
Maple bacon donuts from Sugar Shack,
because her flight got in too early for lunch.
Healthier fueling at the CUCB VIP Dinner.
Lining up at the second mat before the starting line.
Yes! Hains Point was lovely. But it is still a long 3 miles!
Wishing I’d worn my sun glasses for this post-race medal shot.
Here’s a close-up of the pretty medal–and some blossoms!
Sucking it up in my first ice bath of 2015.
So, how did this PR happen? My plan to meet last year’s pace was to find a pace between 7:45 and 7:55 that I could settle in at and use my Garmin to keep on track. I did a pretty good job except one too-fast mile and that last full mile where I was wishing this was a 15K.
7:53, 7:49, 7:51, 7:33, 7:52, 7:55, 7:54 7:55, 8:02, 7:50
The first five miles were a comfortable effort. Approaching mile 6, I started psyching myself up for Hains Point. The three miles of Hains Point were hard but I was reassured when my Garmin showed that I was holding my pace. By the last full mile I was ready for the final countdown. I definitely earned this finish, but I think working for a goal makes it all the more satisfying.
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Maple bacon donuts–yeah or nay?