Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cherry Blossom, Take Two

I am ecstatic right now. Seriously. So ecstatic, in fact, that I feel like the number of exclamation points I would need to use to properly punctuate this emotion would be excessive and borderline obnoxious. So  the editor in me wants to refrain from that for now.

Tonight was my big sales management presentation, and I get my life back. No more 13-hour weekend spreadsheet sessions, no more 2 am note taking, no more presentation stress dreams. It was a rough two weeks leading up to all of this, but now it's done and I couldn't be prouder of my group.

But this, surprisingly enough, is not the reason I'm so happy right now.

The good news of the day, and my reward for making it out of that sales project with most of my sanity, I got a transfer into the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run! I should dedicate this wonderful mood I'm in to my fabulous running/blogging/grad school friend Christy; until this afternoon I didn't even know there was an opportunity to get into the race. I didn't make the randomized lottery entry system earlier this year and was really disappointed because it was such a great race last year. But every February they have a transfer process where you can buy/sell a race registration. So buy a registration I did! So now, Christy and I, along with 14,998 other people, will be running 10 miles on April 1.

A few things to consider here:

Last year I ran this race in just under two hours. I'd like to get a PR this year, but I know I'm not much faster than I was 12 months ago. This year I'll be more familiar with the course, the water stations, and how I'll fare over that distance.

The Cherry Blossom is exactly 15 days after my half marathon. So I'll either be in great shape for this race, or really sick of running. Right now it's looking like it could go either way.

Rumor has it that 9 out of 10 years it rains for this race. Last year was sunny and beautiful. Am I pushing my luck running it again? Lets hope not.

I'm actually looking forward to this race extending my long distance training. I really like the challenge of a long run, and even the crazy sore muscles later. It's a great sense of accomplishment.

So, other runners reading this...are you interested in running the 10 miler? It's not too late! Check out the message board to see if any more bib numbers are available for purchase. But hurry, the transfer window closes Wednesday at midnight.

Any tips on running important races within two weeks of each other? Just don't twist an ankle and I should be fine, right?

Happy Tuesday. Looking forward to a homework free evening tomorrow.



--Kate-- said...

Yay! Excited for you to do both of your long races! My advice...don't underestimate the value of a few quality rest days in between races. (As in rest days in a row, not just between workouts!) You're not going to lose all your stamina/endurance in 2 weeks...and, especially after the half, your muscles will thank you for giving them full recovery!

courtney said...

woo-hoo! glad you were able to get into this race! so exciting! :D

Christy said...

YAY! Cherry Blossom! I'm seriously so excited about this!

Mollie @eatrunread said...

I'm doing it too, and I'm SUPER-PSYCHED! And definitely praying for good weather...good luck with your training!


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