This weekend I will be running the Army Ten Miler for the ninth time. It’s a race I have mixed feelings about, and yet I can’t resist signing up when registration opens–and quickly closes–in May.
Did they tweak the starting line again?
For today’s Friday Five link up hosted by Courtney, Mar and Cynthia, I’m sharing five things on my mind about the 2016 Army Ten Miler. If you’re racing this weekend, I’d love for you to add your recap to the link up I’ll being hosting starting Sunday night .
- The Weather. Runners always stalk the weather before a race, but I stalk the weather even more than usual before the Army Ten Miler because it usually coincides with a change in the weather from hanging-on-to-summer to here’s-a-taste-of -winter. This weekend Hurrincane Matthew makes weather tracking even more interesting, although so far it’s not forecast to impact the weather on Sunday.
- Packet Pick-Up Logistics. Packet pick-up for the Army Ten Miler is at the D.C. Armory, which is at the far end of D.C. from my office. I’m hoping to escape work early on Friday so I can get there and home before the worst of rush-hour traffic.
- Race Day Logistics. My husband usually drops me off at the Pentagon so I don’t have to worry about parking, but he’s going camping with his buddies this weekend. (He was out of town when I ran GW Parkway Classic in April–maybe I need a new sherpa?) That wouldn’t be so bad except Metro won’t be opening early on Sunday, so the thousands of runners who usually take Metro will have to get there some other way. The organizers have highlighted two parking garages relatively nearby, but even if they technically have “over 8,500 parking spaces,” the thought of that many cars having to get into those garages and parked between 5 and 7 am brings back memories of the infamous 2011 Hot Chocolate 15K. I’m planning out multiple alternate routes and hoping that I can get into another garage.
- Race Goals. Last year I clocked my second-fastest Army Ten Miler finish time of 1:23:23. I just ran the hilly Reston 10 Miler in 1:24:42, but my Garmin measured that course as being slightly short, so I’d have to shave off more than 90 seconds on a much more crowded course to match last year’s pace. If my legs are up to it, I will try to maintain an 8:15ish pace for as long as I can (like I did last year), knowing that the bridge probably will slow me down.
- Post-Race Festivities. I have never hung around for any of the Army Ten Miler post-race activities, mostly because the Hooah Tents seem to be set up for members of specific commands. The website suggests that all runners are welcome to check out the various tents, but I don’t want to be a party-crasher.
Best of luck to Holly and Courtney and my other friends running the Chicago Marathon this weekend!
Is Hurricane Matthew threatening your weekend plans?