and around the park!
Make room heart–I’m adding another locale in contention for “best place on earth” right after Maine and Copenhagen. That place? Block Island.
I was lucky enough to visit for work Friday and Saturday, and it won over my heart. I don’t have a lot of pictures; I was too busy just soaking it all in. The weather on Friday was less than cooperative (most of the hour long ferry ride, I was just hoping for landfall eventually–the fog was so thick you couldn’t even see the bow of the boat), but Saturday was amazing.
I returned home late evening Saturday, just in time to carb load for Sunday’s Cherry Blossom 10K at our local Branchbrook park. I’ll spare you the suspense; the only cherry blossoms were on the adorable (yet huge) race shirt and surprise medal!
Honestly, I approached this race half-heartedly. My training hasn’t been going particularly well, and the last few races I did last year were less than stellar. I didn’t even sign up in advance, thinking most likely I would back out. But I made myself a deal–if I ran to the race (about 2 miles) and then ran the 10k, I’d call it even steven for the 12 miles I was supposed to log (according to my plan).
Surprise, surprise, the race was fun! The course was undulating with some hills, but never too much. The park, even sans cherry blossoms, held my interest. The running crowd was a pleasant Goldilocks size (not too big, not too small). Everything just sorta came together. Together enough for a PR for me: 57:50 (57:33 according to my garmin–there was no timing mat at the start, and I was fairly far back). I’m most pleased with my finish–there was a woman about 15-20 yards ahead of me from mile 3 onward. But I sprinted hard enough at the end to overtake her!
It’s not a super great time, but my previous PR was 59:33 (ish, I think), so I’ll take it. It is a good rebound from last year and solid jumping off point for this.