Weekend in Pictures and Reston Perfect 10!

Saturday at the Zoo

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Katie came down from NY to visit me this weekend, and the weather was so nice on Saturday that we decided to go to the National Zoo.  I wasn’t expecting much because admission is free, but we were actually quite impressed! The zoo is huge; we spent a good four hours there and still didn’t see everything.  I liked that they had staff/volunteers standing at all the major exhibits to answer questions and provide information.  We got a little hungry around noon, so we bought a giant bag of popcorn for $5 and barely made a dent in it.

For dinner, we ended up at Toki Underground again – we take just about all our visitors here :) I made the mistake of not ordering ramen this time; my sesame noodles were just okay, but I really liked the karaage chicken.

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Sunday – Reston Perfect 10

Sunday morning, I woke up at 5:45 to drive to Reston for the Perfect 10 (you can run a 10K or 10 miles), a Potomac River Running race.  The start and finish were stationed near a local high school, so there was plenty of parking in the school’s parking lot and real bathrooms, a total luxury.  I picked up my packet before the race started, and waited in the car.  I definitely learned my lesson from my last race and went to the bathroom right before the race started.

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The weather was just perfect – on the cooler side but no wind – and after the first two miles, I figured I was going to easily beat my goal pace of 8:52 (my 8K PR).  I really liked that the course wasn’t perfectly flat; all the small uphills and downhills kept it interesting and helped me set mini-goals for myself.

Mile 1 – 8:38

Mile 2 – 8:33

Mile 3 – 8:38

Mile 4 – 9:01 (had some trouble with my breathing here)

Mile 5 – 8:33

Mile 6 – 8:24

I finished with a time of 53:56, an 8:42 pace.  I can’t believe how far I’ve come; a little less than a year ago, I was killing myself for a 9:15 pace in an 8K! One of the reasons I love running is because it shows me that I’m a lot stronger than I think I am.

I was impressed with the race swag; we got a Nike dri-fit t-shirt and a collectible pin, and whether you ran a 10K or 10 miles, you received a medal! I’ll definitely be looking for more =PR= races in the future!

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What’s your next race? Do you prefer flat courses or not so flat?

Favorite free activity in DC?

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