Monthly Archives: March 2016

Five Things You Need To Know Before Heading To The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

Ok, folks, this is getting REAL! We are only a few days away from The Runner’s Rite of Spring! Today we are sharing five things you need to know BEFORE heading to the Washington Monument grounds on Sunday morning.


  1. The most important thing that runners need to know before the race is that there is NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP. That means you need to get yourself to the expo on Friday or Saturday. The good news is that this is a great expo with tons of vendors and a full slate of clinic speakers on both days of the expo. For more information on the schedule and how to pick up a friend’s bib, check out the expo page here.
  2. The next most important thing that runners need to know is that parking around the race venue is very limited, so you should plan to walk, bike, carpool, or Metro on Sunday morning. The Metro system will be opening at 5:00 am. The Smithsonian Station is about 1/4 mile from the start–not even far enough for a warm-up. Click here for more information on getting to the starting line.  The 10 mile run lines up in front on the Washington Monument on 15th Street, parallel to 14th Street. The 5k lines up along the side of the Washington Monument, parallel to Independence Avenue.
  3. Runners also will want to remember is that there is a wave start for the 10 mile run. The elite women’s start is at 7:20 am, with the first wave of the main race starting at 7:30 am, and the next waves going off every 3-5 minutes. Runners will be assigned to waves based on previous race times, and the color of your bib will match the color of your wave. (Expect six waves with about 2,500 runners each.) Read more about the wave start here.
  4. If you run for bling, you will want to check your registration to confirm that you ordered a medal. If you did, you will be able to pick up your medal in the post-race staging area. If you didn’t but wish you did, watch your post-race emails and check the Cherry Blossom website to see if extra medals are for sale after the race–they usually are!
  5. On race day, the most important thing to keep in mind is to RUN YOUR OWN RACE. Whether you trained for a PR or plan to take it easy and enjoy the scenery, YOU GOT THIS. 

If you have more questions, the Cherry Blossom website is chock-full of information! You also can download the app and watch for last-minute updates on the Facebook page.

Don’t forget that we will be hosting a race recap link up party again. Check out last year’s recaps here and plan to share your 2016 race story!

Countdown To Race Day

Congratulations, everyone! You’ve made it to race week! In just a few days you will be running the flat, fast course of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run or 5K.

lincoln memorial runners

Last week you should have gotten an email from “” with TONS of information about race weekend–from packet pick-up, to expo events, to race day logistics, and more. If you didn’t get it, check your spam folder. If you still can’t find it, you can find all the information on the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run website hereContinue reading Countdown To Race Day

Runner Spotlight: Deborah Brooks

Shh...don't tell anyone Supergirl's secret identity!
Shh…don’t tell anyone Supergirl’s secret identity!

I met Deborah Brooks when I was running past a water stop during my first half marathon. She is a Moms Run This Town (MRTT) Chapter leader in McLean, VA where she has successfully raised a husband and two teens.  She currently coaches Girls on The Run and hopes that she is helping to inspire the next generation of female runners. As a lifelong vegetarian, she is passionate about healthy living and exercise. She loves to showcase her vegetarian creations each week on her “Confessions of a Mother Runner” blog’s Meatless Monday link up. You will find her running with her crew or sweating it out at the gym training for the next crazy race someone talked her into. Continue reading Runner Spotlight: Deborah Brooks

Ten Places To Eat After Running Cherry Blossom

You’ve just run ten miles (or a 5k) and ROCKED the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Race – congrats! Now – you are hungry and a banana won’t cut it. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Whether you are down to walk to brunch or you’d rather take the metro, check out this list of ten places to eat and start planning!


Walking Distance

Old Ebbitt Grill – It’s a classic. Plus, you might luck out with a celebrity (and by celebrity, I mean DC celebrity – a politician) sighting.

Founding Farmers – This place has literally almost anything you might want post race. PLUS a great bar – for a well deserved mimosa!

Teaisim – Lots of great, lighter food items and an incredibly interesting tea selection.

Le Pain Quotidien – Awesome French take on brunch at really reasonable prices. It’s a personal favorite of mine (and my husband!).

Shake Shack – Excellent burgers, fries and shakes if you are willing to wait until 11am when they open.

Metro Distance

Take the Orange Line to the Eastern Market Metro Stop and you will have plenty of great options:

Ted’s Bulletin – Diner style food, lots of fun and boozy milkshakes. Plus homemade pop tarts!

Matchbox – Amazing cinnamon buns plus some of the best pizza in the city!

Lavagna – Delicious brunch with a bottomless Mimosa option.

Or, take the Orange Line in the other direction to Clarendon (in Virginia) and check out one of these options:

Lyon Hall – A classic French brasserie vibe with a fantastic brunch menu that runs from muesli to steak tartare, and everything in between.

Fuego Cocina –  Great Mexican food in a casual setting, offering a three-course brunch menu and margaritas. (Opens at 11:00)

You really can’t go wrong with this list — and, with the exception of Shake Shack and Fuego Cocina, they all open at 10am or earlier!

Have fun and enjoying refueling after your race!

How To Make Race Day Your Lucky Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, we are sharing our tricks for making race day your lucky day. Even if you aren’t superstitious, you can’t go wrong with these race day rituals.

Make Race Day Your Lucky Day

Lauren:  I lay all all out my race clothes, shoes, and outfit the night before and double-check that I have everything I need. I always have some nut butter and toast and/or a banana as my pre-race meal. I never wear my race shirt until after the race. I always start chewing a piece of gum before the race starts.

Continue reading How To Make Race Day Your Lucky Day

Bring Some Good Luck to Your Race

Good Luck Box is teaming up with the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run to bring you an extra shot of luck the week before the race. What is a Good Luck Box? It’s a selection of handpicked items from running experts to give you the edge before, during, and after an upcoming race. Boxes are tailored to the recipient and their race. In the case of the Cherry Blossom box, the contents will be specially chosen with a cherry blossom theme. Continue reading Bring Some Good Luck to Your Race

She Works Hard for the Money (For Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals)

Money can’t buy happiness…or can it? Right now I’m working hard to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. But I’m not doing things like running a raffle (because I’m running miles). And I’m not doing jeans days (because I work from home and I usually wear comfy pjs so jeans are kind of a lot of work). I’ve had to get creative with my fundraising and here’s my plan.

Continue reading She Works Hard for the Money (For Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals)

Cherry Blossom Training – One Month To Go!

We are now exactly one month away from the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run!  Are you excited?

Whether you’ve been running 2 days a week or 7 days a week, every training run has been preparing you for the big race, and these last few weeks are crucial!  Check out a few tips on what you can do  in this final month to ensure you’ll be smiling at the finish line on April 3!  Continue reading Cherry Blossom Training – One Month To Go!

Jen’s Sweeping Finish

Jen's "sweep bus selfie"
Jen’s “Sweep Bus Selfie” on the Arlington Memorial Bridge

We are privileged to be able to use the Washington Monument Grounds during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, its busiest time of the year. Our permit agreement specifies all runners will be off the course by 10:30 am. To meet this agreement, runners not maintaining a 14-minute-per mile pace (calculated from the start of the final wave) will be required to leave the course and board our sweep vehicle (if you are unsure that you can maintain this pace, you can switch to the 5k by completing this form). One brave runner shares her 2015 sweep bus experience.  Continue reading Jen’s Sweeping Finish