Georgetown 10-Miler

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Georgetown 10-miler

I headed down to Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) early (as in the sun was rising) Sunday last week for my first 10-miler in a long time. I am not really trained very well right now, and I knew that 10-miles would be a bit rough, but it needed to get down.

This race was put on by Bishop’s Events and supported Team RWB. There was a 5k in addition to the 10-miler.

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The race started at the very end of Water Street and we had a good view of Arlington and the Potomac River. The path was made of dirt and gravel, and was mostly packed. We set out running and within the first mile I felt like I wanted to stop. My right calf just seized up completely and did not want to move. Regardless, I kept shuffling on, slowly, trying to get it stretched out and more relaxed. Eventually, it started to feel a bit better.

This path connected to Fletcher’s Boathouse and then continued towards the Carderock Area¬†where I have previously run. It is neat how all these different races are connecting together on the C&O Path!

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Five miles in and I was feeling pretty steady. My intervals were working for me and I was keeping pace with some people in front of me. I was surviving until mile 9 when the wall came and hit me in the face. So. Exhausted. But I had no choice and kept moving forward until I hit the finish line. 20150802_132005950_iOS

Most of the trail followed the canal and locks. Boy, did it stink really bad. Blech!

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Towards the very end you could see the Potomac again and now that it was a more reasonable hour, people were out enjoying the day on boats and paddle boards.

20150802_141722336_iOSI finished in 2:11:22, with a pace of 13:08. This was a pretty bad time for me, as I have previously run 10-milers in under 2 hours….But, like I said, I was not quite trained up yet!

 

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