Aaaand the countdown has begun, the countdown to the next race day that is. Mid-December I received confirmation that my name was one of 20,000 (or so) that was drawn during the race entry lottery for the 2016 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, D.C. on April 3rd, 2016.
Only 78 days and a few hours to go!
The Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run is a hugely popular race for a number of reasons. For one, it starts and finishes on the grounds of the Washington Monument and runners pass by many of the major monuments on their 10 mile journey. (see a map of the race here)
When the weather cooperates, it also occasionally so happens that the cherry blossoms are at their peak and the sight is just spectacular. 2015 was a lucky year, given the warm winter thus far, I don't think we'll luck out for this year's race.
The Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run has also won awards for organizers' efforts to integrate sustainability into everything surrounding the race: they encourage participants and spectators to arrive via Metro, there'll be a bicycle valet this year, most of the waste generated is recycled and kept out of landfills and most of the food and drinks available are organic and/or locally produced. I like that. A lot.
So, yes, I am very excited to participate this year! I'm getting my miles in - albeit not as many as I would like - which always gets me thinking. Running is not only a great stress reliever and my happy hour, it is also my quiet "office" time... without electronic gadgets distracting me, I can fully focus on marketing strategies, to-do lists and solving Real Estate dilemmas. I'm quite productive on my runs.
While out running yesterday I brain-stormed marketing ideas for our office and myself and I wondered if I should get some branded running shirts: I run the extra mile or I sprint to the closing table are two of the tag lines I came up with. But then I thought that perhaps that's a bit tacky? I'm still debating and may run (ha!) the idea by my broker.
The countdown is on! Only 78 days until the 2016 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run!