Wednesday, April 14, 2010

cherry blossom recap

Oh hey there, I'm back! Actually I got back on Monday night but I was too lazy and exhausted to blog. Here's a short, and probably boring, recap of my short time in DC --

Most of the weekend was spent walking and seeing as much as possible. We saw all of the monuments, the capital, the White House, the Vietnam memorial, and the World War II memorial. That was all on Saturday, by the way. That could explain why both Liz and I wanted to die when we woke up on Sunday morning. All I kept thinking about was how different parts of my body ached and hurt. It's as though I went to bed at the age of 26 and woke up feeling 79. But the weather was fantastic, -not a cloud in the sky. And since the race started at the buttcrack of dawn (aka 7:40), the temperature stayed bearable for the entire time that I was running.

If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever enjoy running ten miles or more at a time, I probably would have laughed until I snorted. The Cherry Blossom 10 mile race was great. In fact, I loved it. We did this zig-zag route around the Washington Monument and there was definitely never a dull moment on the course. It's a nice change from running races around Boston because those are generally very similar routes. It's nice to be totally surprised about a course and not have any idea of where the mile markers are. I ended up finishing in 1:47:26 (according to my watch) which is... not as fast as I'd hoped. Hell, it's not fast at all. However, it's pretty hard to me to maintain my mileage in the winter, and running such a long race in the early spring has been difficult for me to train for. So, I'll consider this race a win - especially since I blew my last 10 mile race time out of the water! Beat that time by 11 minutes, sweet!

We went back to the hotel, showered, changed, and once we felt lke humans again, went out for an amazing, amazing brunch at Cafe Atlantico. It's this great Latino-styled tapas restaurant. We all ordered the tasting menu so we had 14 courses. All I can say is nom, nom. nom. The only thing I passed on was the pork stomach because.. yea, no thanks. But anyone in the DC area should definitely eat there! I highly recommend it. Sunday afternoon and Monday morning was spent at various museums (National Portrait Gallery, American History Museum, Natural History Museum). I got to see the Star Splangled Banner, Judy Garland's Ruby slippers and tons of other cool stuff. Man, I am a sucker for a good museum. And they're all free - A+ DC!

So now I'm back in Boston, back at work and feeling the urge to sign up for another big race. Stay tuned.. there may be another half marathon in my very near future!


cfoxes33 said...

My Daughter and I went with her 8th grade class in March of 2008. I totally loved it! I am glad you had such a wonderful time and did well in the race. Congrats!

Unknown said...

it's hard not to love dc! thank you for the congrats! :)