Honestly, there were just too many people in a small space for my taste. The race was fun, don't get me wrong, but I think I would rather run a smaller half marathon than enlist for another large race like this again. Another issue: the CB10 had a sad lack of cherry blossoms. They really need to start moving the race date up if they want to keep up with global warming.
After the race I finally found Skibba and her daughter. They had found another one of our friends, KJ (her race recap is much better than mine! ) and we all headed out for an awesome brunch at Founding Farmers (if you're ever in DC you need to try this place, it is worth the hour long wait for a table). We sat around and told war stories, enjoyed the food and had an all-around awesome time. We even discussed the idea of a Ragnar Relay, because locking ourselves in close proximity in a van for 200 miles sounds like an awesome idea while enjoying eggs benedict in a fancy restaurant.
Once the meal was over we said our goodbyes and I went back to my car. I took pictures of a few of the sights from my cooldown walk back to the truck:
As far as running was concerned, Cheryl had a decent day. She was able to maintain an 8-minute pace, broke 1:20, and ran the last mile in 6:45. Also, she had negative splits and passed 3,173 runners in the last five miles. Still, she wonders how she might have done if she had been in an appropriate corral to start and had not been taking pictures along the way; she also wonders who the five people who passed her were, because she doesn't remember seeing them!