2014 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Race Report

Given my history with previous Cherry Blossom races, my goal for this year’s race was simple: to finish!  Finishing was going to be a PR at the ten mile distance regardless so I was laid back in terms of preparing for it.  I wasn’t nervous or worried about finishing.  I wasn’t injured and I’ve been training well so I knew I had a good race in me. Saturday I did some household chores (I was going to ride my bike, but seasonal allergies had too much of an impact so I stayed inside.  I did manage an outing to The Home Depot with my family, but that was it) and just took it easy.  That evening I started thinking about what I wanted to wear and how early I needed to leave to head into the city.  Recently, I purchased a new running skirt from Lucy.  I hadn’t tried it yet (Saturday night it still had the tags on it!), but I decided to wear it Sunday.  For tops, I decided to go with a Fila tank top that I’ve owned for years.  It is ridiculously comfortable when I wear it for long treadmill runs, but I’ve never worn it in a race or even outside.  I keep saying that I’m going to wear it for a race and then I end up changing my mind.  This time I decided that since I was already wearing a new skirt I should go ahead with the tank top as well.  To this outfit I added my Zensah compression culfs, Feetures cycling socks (I have super sweaty feet!), my Asics Gel Kayano 20s and a race belt with a couple Gus.  I was going to forgo running with a bottle and rely on course aid.  After getting everything laid out, I spoke to a friend who mentioned how cold it was supposed to be Sunday morning.  I hadn’t even bothered to check the weather.  I get so hot quickly and easily that I figured I would be fine.  I did decide to add a throw-away shirt and jacket as well as an ear cover since my ears tend to bother me easily.

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