I don’t usually do weekend recaps, but in this case, I’m willing to make an exception because I did something that I’m extremely proud of. (You know, not to toot my own horn or anything.)
What is it? I’m glad you asked. I ran the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler on Sunday.
That did mean, however, that I woke up around 4:30am yesterday morning, trying to mentally prepare myself to run, while I heard my neighbors just returning from their night out. Awesome.
But as hard as it was to get up and leave my apartment while it was still dark outside, the race itself was totally worth it. The weather was perfect. The cherry blossoms were beautiful. And the crowds were cheering runners along from start to finish.
And as I was running, I saw two other signs (well, one was a t-shirt), that motivated me all the more:
1) Don’t Embarrass Us!
As I was running through West Potomac Park, I was trying to take in all the spectators, not trip over the discarded cups from the water station, and not clip the heels of the woman in front of me – all with varying degrees of success. And out of the corner of my eye I saw a woman and, presumably, her daughter standing on the edge, holding this sign. First, I laughed, then I thought, Well, *I* don’t want to embarrass anyone [myself] either – pick up the pace!
I saw her again at mile 9 – just when I needed a little more motivation. Perfect.
2) Since you’re behind…How’s mine?
This was, by far, my favorite. It was written on the shirt of a girl who was in front of me, so, from about mile 6 or 7 on, I was running behind her, considering her question. As well as appreciating her creativity. And considering making a t-shirt like that for my next race, if we’re being honest here.
I wonder if anyone gave her any feedback…