As I said in my DC Running Examiner race review, the George Washington Parkway Classic Ten Miler wasn’t the all-downhill joyride I was hoping for.
It’s a point-to-point course along the Potomac River that includes lots of gentle, rolling hills. While it included more downhills than uphills, it didn’t strike me as a particularly fast course — though maybe that’s just me …
After running roughly 8:20-minute miles at the National Half Marathon in March, I set out today to run tough but(I thought) do-able 8-minute miles on the 10-mile course. Instead, I ran 1:26:10 –8:37-minute miles. My 5-mile split was 42:18, and my 7-mile split (strange place for the race to take a split time, but whatever) was 59:02.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad disappointed. But it’s certainly not a disastrous performance for me, especially considering what a wimp my body is about running in the heat. It was pretty toasty this morning, with highs expected to climb up to 90 degrees by the afternoon, and I get annoyingly light-headed and slow at the slightest rise in temperature. And some running days are just better than other, you know?
One small word of advice based on today: You know how you’ve read that it’s a bad idea to mix up even the smallest parts of your routine on race day? You should take heed. I was so excited about the scallions I bought at the Silver Spring Farmers Market yesterday, I put a ton on my pasta before realizing they really upset my stomach. Also, I tried the super-cute Feetures! socks I got at the Silver Spring Earth Day 5K, which are really comfy for short runs, but are apparently blister-inducing for longer ones.
I still really enjoyed the overall race experience, though I’m not sure I loved it enough to run the race again. I did get a sweet technical T-shirt (it doesn’t take much to make me happy). Plus, my IT band and ankle got some post-race attention from Dr. Paul Glodzik of the Maryland Sports Injury Center, a chiropractor who specializes in sports injuries.
Earth Day is almost here, and with it, its mandate to do something fun, enriching and crunchy-granola outdoors.
Thanks for the Silver Spring Earth Day 5K, sponsored by Pacers Silver Spring, I’m covered on all counts.
The inaugural race starts 8 a.m. Sunday in downtown Silver Spring, which means you can save a car trip by taking Metro there and back. A large chunk of the U.S. Track and Field certified course runs along the lovely, woodsy Sligo Creek Parkway Trail, which will let D.C. urbanites get their forest fix. The race benefits The Nature Conservancy, and race-packet freebies include Feetures! Bamboo socks and reusable grocery totes (I told you it was crunchy-granola). The first 350 people to register even get organic T-shirts.
By the way, I have on good word that the bamboo socks are extraordinarily comfortable, and posses odor-killing properties most runners could use.
5Ks are perhaps my slowest-distance race. Whenever I look at those pace-conversion charts that tell you what other race times should be based on one time, I learn that I’m way behind my own personal bell curve for short distances. I’m scrappier than I am speedy, I guess.
I don’t have huge expectations for this race, time-wise, as it follows the opening of the Tiki Bar on Solomons Island on Friday and my darling “nephew’s” first birthday party on Saturday night (and when they’re that little, it’s more a party for the grown-ups than anything else). But I’ll keep you posted. Wish me luck!
It’s a big week for Washington-area runners. This weekend is the Cherry Blossom 10-miler, a legendary area race which I sadly missed out on signing up for by getting online two hours after registration opened earlier this year.That disappointment came the same week I tried and failed to get Bruce Springsteen tickets. You can’t always get what you want, eh?
This week also marks the start of registration for two other biggies, the Marine Corps Marathon and the Army 10-miler in October. I’m safely signed up for the marathon already, thanks to a special coupon from the National Half. Open registration for the race starts tomorrow. Same for the Army 10-mile.
I’ve heard lots of great things about the Army 10-miler. But it’s $50 to register. This wouldn’t be a problem if I hadn’t just plunked down $88 for the Marine Corps Marathon … and $30 for the Broad Street 10-miler … not to mention the fee for the GW Parkway 10-miler on April 26 …
If water bottles, T-shirts and finisher’s medals were paychecks, I’d be a rich woman. In the meantime, I’ve got to choose my races carefully.
I’ll let you know what I decide about the Army 10-miler. In the meantime, I’m getting excited for this cheap and low-key 5K series in Arlington sponsored by Pacers. The best part: Runners get dinner from Noodles & Co. in exchange for their $15 signup fee.