Army Ten Miler 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I ran the Army Ten Miler last weekend!  Despite being super unprepared, I really enjoyed it!  I ran this race in 2011-- it was my first race longer than a 5k, so I had good memories of this one.  It's a hard race to get into-- one of those that you sit in front of your computer pushing refresh for an hour until you either get in, or crash the system.

Anyway, it's a great DC race that takes you through both Arlington and Washington and hits most of the major sites along the way.  I snapped a few pictures along the way, in lieu of a real recap.  Enjoy!

Saturday night prep...I spent the afternoon eating football food that consisted of corn, cheese, and buffalo sauce.  Tyler gently suggested I perhaps should maybe consider eating some pasta for dinner.  Smart man.
01466d2117f68ae0a7abaf75451d982f486fa89d3b
Sunday morning came early.  Whenever I'm up at dark to run a race I PAID someone to let me run, I seriously question my sanity.  I'm going to organize a lazy man's race that is all downhill and starts at 10am.
0167b41bb867b04c15faecc8e1d640691b487732edMorning sun over the Pentagon.
018d5d3ef94a44a65c5b968020436f4d8b82efd4db
The corrals were really smooth this year.  We arrived in plenty of time for bathroom breaks and stretching but they efficiently moved the corrals through once the race kicked off at 8am.
0195f7c74549554b25878ae55dd5a407226a912cf3
Running with my friend and co-worker, Amy, and her friend Jamie, who flew in from California.  She thought we were crazy for loving the cool, 50 degree morning temps-- she was freezing!
015e9980a37fd0f7fa229427719c3c68b6ab66ac32
We started running around 8:40 and were immediately enjoying the sites and scenes on a gorgeous fall morning... Crossing the start at the Pentagon, we ran toward Arlington National Cemetery…
018be735e06511020995a251213a8d558af806dd3d
01742e934ddf9346e3cf97d0bdb69de4f82b51cba1
01f75c2ae4d1983512fe783a642ec8aa08ed7138bd
From, there we ran across the Memorial Bridge, toward the Lincoln Memorial…
01a660e12168d04592729145f25cad96fdd1037849
01c1080cc97a42202e7ad9eab89301346a5f251cc1
Then past the Watergate…
0133cdc0974b337bac8d7e261d6251d220144b620b
Under the Kennedy Center, with the Potomac to our right…
015f785813397595856b0a625305e110db230cef71
01efd89c678c72b00eb54b144dbe79713e7086d361
Past the Washington Memorial…
0100f9732763d574d1bf3951298ce383c4e9347238
The Smithsonian…
015cb8f9897b78dace705e8d979701b4ee1a197931
…and the Holocaust Museum…
01e302ae9cfcb47278d7399d5ad81df54cfab1d0ad
And the Jefferson Memorial.
01a0785b24a0c896468810274a6dbde88967ad4bdc
Miles 7-9 are all uphill suck as the course crosses the interstate back into Virginia.  Seriously...everything about it just sucks. I hate hills and I'm pretty sure we walked most of them, which really just prolonged the misery.
011382716f48e8ee133f4f13fdd4e70827448e2e00
And you finally cross the finish back at the Pentagon!
0106468b362d3e72ed4e60185e2c568e640d445d9f
There is no shortage of inspiration on this race.  If running through the streets of history weren't enough, this race is run by soldiers, veterans, and their families who have bravely served and sacrificed for our country.
01ff60fec5bf38d08763eda64cbeb66f7130a28c5f
Active duty soldiers run the water stations...
01ce48d53059fdcc568fc94f934263b6060596ac97
01023cf1c945a1962e6d2aeed64891be38e09c9c34
{I ghosted this man early on the read his sign. He, probably on his 60s or 70s, survived a heart attack and bypass surgery last November and was running a ten mile race a year later.  AND he was from Savannah...so I stopped to say hi.}
017560f181ad63a0443d2c089590795c513019590c
So many people run in memory of fallen soldiers.
013649f0487952e8d10e5b0efb8a75232008237f0b
No words, all tears as I approached this group surrounding a wounded warrior after mile nine.  Something about a double amputee walking toward the finish line suddenly put my knee pain in perspective.  Not an uncommon site in this race- everyone hoops and hollars and cheers and "Hoorahs" as they pass.
012ce4a92ea9b568838b6e43e4d806ebbc712ad433
A "Marry Me...or at least think about it sign" spotted early in the race.  The poor girl that had to run another nine miles after seeing that!
01246da78a8a5033b6389f017e85fde0fc3eb0dce1
And these sweet faces were waiting for me at the finish!
0181e6ac9e5ca4bc02b386a3ac2fb11383761d7e58
015aea75278c1f5c4ebe5449e80cbe271e96a0b48c
I'm a bit of a reluctant runner-- I really enjoy it but I'm not super talented or all that competitive, and I don't have a lot of fancy garb.  But there is just something about finishing a race, and pushing your body, that is so rewarding and emotional and euphoric.  There is camaraderie with the other runners-- you feel as much pride for them as you do yourself-- and appreciation for those lining the streets.  It's just...so fun!  Especially for a girl like me that didn't grow up playing sports.  This was the first race I'd done in awhile and I've got the bug again...  Time to sign up for some more.  Hoorah!
0156ebe681f4de265e5f595bfec64dfc80430b51ce
I'd be remiss if I didn't throw out a big "Go Dawgs!!"  What a great weekend!

You Might Also Like

0 comments

Subscribe