Today was a gorgeous day for the Cherry Blossom Ten-Miler in D.C. Congrats to all of the Cruisers who completed it! Bill and I have run it many times in the past, but didn’t today. Here I am in my second Cherry Blossom race back in 1999. You can see that there is scaffolding around the Washington Monument while it was undergoing restoration. There’s scaffolding around it again because of repairs required as a result of the earth quake in 2011.
Bill and I used to cross-train together on our hybrid bikes when our sons were little. Bill really got a good workout pulling Joseph and Daniel behind him in a Burley trailer. Even with that extra weight, I had trouble keeping up with him! One year we rode down to D.C. to see the cherry blossoms. We laughed because most people were more interested in seeing the boys in the trailer than the cherry blossoms! Bike trailers were a relatively new thing at the time, so many people had never seen one.
One year my friend Miles suggested we join him for a cherry blossom run in Maryland during peak bloom weekend (something that can’t be guaranteed for the race). We started in Bethesda and ran through the Kenwood neighborhood where there are cherry trees planted along most of the streets. It was absolutely gorgeous!
We then followed the Crescent Trail into Georgetown and on to the Tidal Basin. Once we got to there, we had to stop and take a touristy photo in front of the Washington Monument!
Enough history… Now on to today’s race. The next picture is of the world’s cutest running couple, my son Joseph and his girlfriend Julie. BTW, he’s the little guy on the right in the bike trailer. Today was J & J’s second Cherry Blossom race. They ran it with Julie’s mom and her twin sister (it was their birthday). Happy birthday Janet and Pat! Janet was beating the two “young ones” until Joseph kicked it up a notch and paced Julie to a two minute win over the birthday girl. I’ll have to have a talk with him about being a gentleman and allowing ladies to go first… 🙂
Vamshi, Amit, and Amanda all ran their first Cherry Blossom Ten-Milers today and were kind enough to send me pictures for my post. Congrats to you all! This was Amanda’s first ten-mile race, so technically she set a PR! 🙂
Here’s a little teaser for you… My really good friend and fellow Cruiser, Beth, ran in the Paris Marathon today. She’s going to do a guest post for me about her race sometime in the next few weeks. Here’s a picture she sent us from the finish line.
- Do you have a local race that you run every year because it’s so convenient?
- How many people in your family run?
- Have you ever run in an international marathon?