Race Recap: Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run

On Sunday, hubby and I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, DC.  I had no goals going into this race.  I knew I could try to push my pace and “race,” but I didn’t want to.  I wanted to run alongside my husband and enjoy the scenery in beautiful downtown DC.  I didn’t feel the need to shoot for a PR; it was my first 10 mile race so that means an automatic PR! Plus, I just wanted a fun no-pressure-on-myself race.

We picked up our packets on Friday at the National Building Museum in DC.  The expo was well-organized, but very busy.  We had to wait in one line to get into the building, another line to get our bibs, and yet another line for our shirts.  All that waiting around, plus the metro ride, with a 30 lb toddler on my back was quite exhausting!

Hanging out at the expo

Hello there

On Sunday, the fun started long before arriving at the starting line.  When hubby and I hopped on the metro, the train was full of runners.  We had to stand because there were no open seats and I had the pleasure of witnessing something disturbing.  This old runner guy takes something out of his bag.  It looked like a tube of toothpaste, but it turns out it was some kind of chafing cream.  He proceeded to apply several layers of cream to his crotch right there standing in the metro while chatting with his runner buddy.  That, my friends, is one of the many reasons why you don’t handlebars in the metro!

When we arrived downtown, you could feel the excitement in the air.  There were runners covering the National Mall.

Walking to the starting line

A gorgeous place for a race!

We went straight to our starting corral because we didn’t have much time to spare; that meant no last porta-potty stop.  The corrals were packed.  Insanely packed.  People were squeezing in where there was no room to stand so I ended up with some chick’s ponytail in my face for 10 minutes.  I’m a big fan of personal space so I didn’t really like that part.  That also added to my increasing desire lately to start running smaller races.

Waiting...and waiting...and waiting

We passed the time by taking pictures of ourselves.

Hubby is super excited

Wait, no he's not

Okay, he's a little bit excited

While waiting for our wave to start, all the fast people were already tearing through the course.  They announced that the elites made it through the first mile in 4:27.  4:27!! That blows my mind.

I was glad from the start that I had no time goal for this race because the crowd never really thinned out.  We were in close proximity to other runners the entire time.  There was a lot of weaving and dodging going on.  I really enjoyed taking it easy and enjoying the miles with hubby without any pressure on myself.  I took a lot of pictures throughout the race.

Off we go!

SO many runners!

There were nearly 17,000 finishers!

You can't beat running with a view of the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument

The Kennedy Center

Would you please stop taking pictures?!

We took a bathroom break about halfway through when we finally came upon a set of porta-pots that didn’t have a line with 30 people in it.  Then we were on our way again.  Hubby started to not feel so hot around mile 7.  He asked me to slow down so I did, but he kept having to remind me (sorry, love!).  The course was mostly flat which was AWESOME.  The only hill that was semi-tough was in the last mile.  Hubby was whining that he needed to slow down and he couldn’t do it, waaah waaah waaah.  So I literally took his hand and dragged him up that hill.  I also sang him songs and cheered him on like a crazy person.  I think I just annoyed him more than anything.  Hey, at least it was a distraction, right love? :)

I loved these 2! I hope one day Zain will run a race with me and we can wear matching shirts :)

All the Cherry Blossoms were gone already except for these guys...someone said they are a different type of cherry blossom

Passing the Jefferson Memorial

This would have been even prettier with the cherry blossoms!

We're having so much fun, can't you tell?

Maybe I'm the only one having fun

The only really hard part for me during the race was East Potomac Park/Hains Point.  It’s not a difficult area to run, but it’s all mental because you can see the distance you have to go around it.  That was a very very very hard part of the Marine Corps Marathon for me so it holds some bad memories!

Toward the end, I really wanted us to pick it up until the finish.  The crowd was so energizing and I just wanted to really push it.  Hubby told me to go on alone, but I refused.  We crossed the finish line hand in hand.  I hope they caught a good picture of us!

2 more medals for our collection

Our finish time was 1:45:02; an average pace of 10:30.  No, we weren’t speedy, but we had fun so that’s all the matters!  While the race was super crowded, I’d still love to run it again.  I have never been so in love with a race course.  I loved running past all the monuments.  There were spectators along most of the course that kept us energized.  It was really awesome.

And because I can’t make it all about me and hubby, here is a picture of my usual running buddy napping on Sunday afternoon; he’s so sweaty you’d think he ran 10 miles!


  1. Kara says

    I loved this recap, so many pictures! :) You should try the Cherry Pit next year, it’s MUCH easier logistically and the course is so peaceful and pretty.

  2. says

    Wow! I can’t beleive you kept that pace and were able to take all those pictures. I really can’t process the chafing cream. Could be a reason not to take Metro at all!

  3. says

    What a great recap! I have relatives in DC and love running around the monuments when we’re visiting. It is such an inspiring place to run!

    Congrats on a great race.

  4. says

    hahahahaaa I love it!!! I had a great time racing too.. you guys were in the corral before me.. I was in green but I saw that mother/son duo too and it gave me inspiration to create us shirts to wear at the Clyde’s 10K 

    Now the chafing cream.. I so didn’t need that visual.. LOL I’m scarred!!! LOL

  5. says

    Oh boy…crotch cream. Yikes! lol You guys did great! I saw the Mom and Son team too and I let out a big “awww”. :) Good job guys and great recap!

  6. Angela says

    Even though I read your whole post (sounds like a fun race!) I’m still thinking of the guy with the chafing cream. Ewwwww!

  7. Kyria_W says

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun! I can’t believe how many pictures you got! I ran that race too and really was unhappy with the number of runners and the stifled feeling I had the entire time I was running. Otherwise it was a beautiful course! 

  8. M Chialastri says

    eww to the old man and the chafing cream. And how do you take pictures while you are running? This is an art I need to learn!


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