I did not feel physically or mentally ready for this race. I just wasn’t feeling the race. My friend (Jo) and I were talking later about how at the start it still hadn’t clicked that we were about to run 10 miles. Following workouts, I’m usually most sore on day 2. Well, this was day 2 following a new BodyPump release at the gym and I was already hurting BEFORE the race. So…there’s my pity party…. No PR was set on this race, my final time was 1:24:49. On to the race…
GW Parkway Classic 10 Mile Run was VERY organized and a beautiful, scenic run. It began at Mount Vernon and ended in Old Town Alexandria. You run over hill, after hill, after hill while elevation increases for first 5 miles down GW Parkway (nice and spacious because they closed all 4 lanes). After you hit mile 6 it is a decline for about a mile…which I needed at that point. There is one more hill at mile 9 (because I guess they think that’s cute…haha). For those not familiar with the area, it runs along the Potomac River so it really is a beautiful, scenic view. If you have a bag to check, you check the bag at Mount Vernon (Start) then, they truck them all down to Old Town (Finish). Price included shirt, medal, and beer at the end. Upon arriving at the finish line, you were handed a free egg taco from District Taco which was a pleasant little surprise. They had live music, a bouncy castle, kids, dogs, and families everywhere. There was no wait for beer, another plus. There was also a kids’ run and 5k attached to this race so nice to have several options. Overall, beautiful, scenic, well organized, great race to run!
Following the race, my friend and I walked (well…limped..because we are officially old) to a quaint little restaurant called Magnolia’s on King Street. If you do run this race, make reservations in advance because most places required one. Since there were only two of us, we got lucky and got the last seat in the bar area at Magnolia’s. Great food, drinks, and wonderful customer service!
I will do a separate post on Mount Vernon and Old Town at some point because they just deserve their own post! So much to see and do! But, if you’re visiting and a runner this is a great race if it times out well for you. You can run the race then see all the history that Old Town has to offer and even Uber or Lyft back to Mount Vernon to tour the estate and museum on the estate.
Thanks for reading and hope your next run is better than the last!