Giving the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Another Chance

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, then you know that I didn’t have the best experience back in April at the annual Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.  Between being placed in the wrong corral, spending much of the race trying to maneuver around runners slower than me, and there not being much food left for slower runners like myself at the end of the race, my first Cherry Blossom experience was quite disappointing.

After finishing the 2014 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

After finishing the 2014 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

Because of how much Preston enjoyed his first Cherry Blossom experience back in 2012, as well as what I’ve heard from others, I was very disappointed that I didn’t have a better experience.  My own race experience left much to be desired, but I decided that I’d enter the lottery for the 2015 race, and if I was selected then it was meant for me to give this race another try, and if I wasn’t selected then it wasn’t meant to be.  Given the low registration cost of this race, I don’t feel as though I’ll be wasting money by giving this race another chance.

cucb lottery results

I found out early yesterday morning that I have successfully gained entry into the 2015 race.  I’m optimistic that this year will be a better race experience for me, and if it isn’t, then I’ll know for certain that this race just isn’t for me.  I want to give this race one more chance to see if this year was just a fluke or if my feelings about this race are truly confirmed.

Regardless, I’m excited to experience another race with Preston, especially since he has decided to start limiting the number of races that he will register for, at least for 2015.

QOTD: Do you ever rerun a race that you didn’t have a positive experience at previously in hopes of having a better experience?  Will you be running the 2015 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run?

Congrats everybody who entered to receive a discount code for 33% off of a FlipBelt from my Holiday Fit List discount code giveaway!  15 of you commented, and I have 15 discount codes to give away!  If you commented on that post, please e-mail me at dancingtorunning@gmail.com so that I can get your discount code to you.

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28 Responses to Giving the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Another Chance

  1. Congratulations on winning an entry to the Cherry Blossom. Hope you get to redeem yourself.

  2. haleyduke17 says:

    Good for you. I think with all things it’s best to leave room for error and always give a second chance.
    I hope it’s a much better experience this time around.

  3. Congrats on winning an entry! I think it’s good to give this race a second try. I hope this experience is better for you than the last! This race is on my bucket list for 2016 🙂
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  4. Glad that you get to try it again! If I had a bad experience I might not run it again but because the registration fee is low and it is local, it’s worth another go! Good luck! -M

  5. Congrats on getting an entry! I hope you have a much better experience this time!

  6. Lesley says:

    Congrats! I hope they fix the issues you mentioned, it’s always worth a second chance. Disney definitely listened to feedback from the first W&D weekend so I hope Cherry Blossom does the same.

  7. Chaitali says:

    Congrats! I hope it’s a much better experience for you this time around 🙂

  8. cherry blossom is crowded but it remains one of my favorites. i just love the course and love the price and think it’s a great showcase race for dc. hope you have a better experience the second time around!

  9. I finally got into the lottery for Cherry Blossom last year and did not love it. It was SO crowded! I have issues with the 10 miler anyway for some reason. I didn’t enter the lottery again this year but one of these days I’ll give the 10 miler another go. Congrats on making it in!

  10. charissarunning says:

    I think it’s great that you’re willing to give the race another try! I had a horrible race experience this past September at a race that normally has great PR potential. I ran 20 minutes slower than I expected to because it was hot and something like 96% humidity that day. I just could NOT breathe the thick air. I have thought about possibly running it again, but I think if I do I will wait till race day to sign up to see if weather conditions permit next time 😀

  11. Jennifer says:

    I hope you have a better CB10 experience this year! Hopefully we will be in the same corral (the right one too) this time 🙂

  12. Congrats on your entry! I’ve always heard great things about this race so hopefully this year will be better.

    I’m re-running the LA marathon this year as a redemption race as last year was crazy hot (almost 80 degrees in March at the beach is bad!) and I’m hoping for normal weather and a better time!

    And I’m looking to rerun both Wine and Dine and Avengers as I was injured during them so even though I had a good time, I would love to do them again without the wind and rain and pain

  13. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Yey! Good luck!! I was bummed to find out that Cherry Blossom is the same weekend as Paris!

  14. Melinda says:

    I’m running the Cherry Blossom 10 miler this year for the first time. I’ve heard good things from running friends, so agreeing with the other commenters that I hope your experience is better this year.

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