Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race Goals

This Sunday I'll be running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in D.C. It will be my second time running the race, and this year, I sort of just lucked into a bib.

 Ashley's husband, Bo, couldn't do the race and Ashley was looking for someone to take his bib. Since it's a local race and I was in decent running condition, I figured I may as well run.

(Side note: This was a legal transfer. The Cherry Blossom race let's people legally transfer bibs up to a certain point. I'm not running this race as a bandit.)

Cherry blossom 10 mile

My A race for the spring is the Frederick Half marathon in May, so I'm treating the Cherry Blossom like a speedy long run.

I don't plan to all-out race this event, but I do plan to run hard and get a general feel for where I stand in my half marathon training. I think this will be a good tune up race and based on how I do, I can adjust the last month of my half marathon plan accordingly.

I've done a lot of things differently with my training plan this year than I did last year in the form of dedicated speedwork and additional cross training. I'm curious to see how that all plays out on a flat and fast course.

cherry blossom finish
Finishing strong last year

This course holds my 10 miler PR at 1:35:48. While I'm not specifically focused on breaking this PR, I'm curious to see if the tweaks to my training plan will pay off with a faster time.

In the back of my mind, I'd love to smash this PR, but it's more important for me to run a smart race and recover well so I can finish half marathon training strong.

Goals:
A goal: Run a smart race, ideally with negative splits, and be mentally tough, without a running buddy to push me. Have fun and enjoy a flat and fast course.

B goal: Set a new PR.

A few of my friends are running this race or are in town visiting, so I'm also super excited to get to see them and race with them.

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