Capitol Hill Classic 10K Recap
On Sunday, I ran the Capitol Hill Classic 10K in Washington, DC. This is a very family oriented race because it is the primary fundraiser for a local DC school. This is going to be a very short report. On Saturday, I swung by the Pacers at Logan Circle to pick up my packet. The whole process took less than a minute. I grabbed by bib, safety pins, cotton t-shirt, and plastic bag.
The race started at 8:30am. This in my opinion is amazing! I left my apartment at 7:40 and was at the start at 8:05. Hubby dropped me off. I walked over to the start and did a bit of light stretching. I decided to experiment with not wearing a hydration belt during this race. In hindsight, not a wise decision but isn’t that why it’s called experimenting.
So the race started with some announcements (which I couldn’t quite hear). Then at 8:30am on the dot we were off. There were people of all ages and skill levels out. It was nice to watch families running together. The first 2 miles go past the Capitol and through the Capitol Hill neighborhoods. This was truly beautiful like the kind of urban neighborhood featured in movies. You know the one where the girl lives despite the fact that she’s someone’s assistant/intern and you know could never afford that.
There was a water stop at mile 2.5ish, then we proceeded to run past the Armory and to RFK stadium. Here’s the only part that I found disappointing… we then ran a little over 3 miles around the RFK Stadium Parking Lot. Yep we did a lap around the parking lot. Moving on. After we exited the parking lot we ran back the way we came. This time uphill. In the end, it was a nice local race for a great cause.
I finished with a time of 1:17min. This was not a PR, nor was it close. It was one of those days where I just wasn’t feeling it. So I let go of my time goals and just ran to finish. After I finished, I took a water bottle and walked about a mile past the Capitol to get to the metro. There were closer metro stops but it was a beautiful day.
Did you do any racing/running over the weekend? Do you ever participate in races as part of your training? What’s your go-to race fuel? Do you hate running through parking lots too?