Happy weekend everyone!
Today I ran the Baltimore 10 miler with some of my running buddies from work. I was super psyched about the race, but didn’t put too much pressure on myself since the longest run I had done in a really long time was 9 miles. I made sure I carbed (carbbed?) up the night before (in the form of mostly sweet potato fries), laid out my ‘running outfit’ for the next day, and tried to get as much sleep as I could before my 5:40am alarm went off.
When my alarm went off this morning, I didn’t have the greatest feeling ever. My allergies were killing me, which led to a really crappy night’s sleep. I did try to stay optimistic as I ate my Cliff Bar (Chocolate Brownie if you were curious) and we drove to the start line. We only live 15 minutes away, so it was an easy commute to the race. I was so glad Andrew went with me and was willing to drive. I hate driving in the city and he has a better sense of direction anyways!
We met up with the rest of the running crew and made our way to the start line (most of us hung around the 1:20 pace group) and all took the obligatory start line/running photos. I also prepped my Garmin that takes a million years to find a satellite, as well as my music. The race actually started 10 minutes late due to heavy traffic around the race are…which was kind of annoying.
Once the race started, I tried my best to stay at a decent pace for my first mile. I knew I wanted to be around 8:15 so I didn’t burn out too quickly. Welp, my first mile was 7:28…which was not even close to 8:15. I thought I was going much slower than that but I must have gotten caught up in all of the runners running past me. Such a rookie mistake. Then I tried to stay with the 1:15 pace group. Another rookie mistake. This led to a lot of slower miles, and eventually having to stop and walk at multiple water stations (where I actually choked on some water as I tried to drink it…lol). My overall time was 1:18:58, which was a little under 2 minutes slower compared to the last time I did the Baltimore 10 miler.
Despite the feeling of dying for 85% of the race, I really enjoyed it and thought it was really well organized. Here are the pros:
– Like I said, the whole race was really well organized. There were wave starts, so I didn’t have to worry about tripping over walkers when I’m trying to cross the start line (is that a pet peeve for anyone else?!)
– Tons of water stations throughout the course, and the crowd support was wonderful!
– There was watermelon in addition to bananas and apples afterwards (among the massive amount of food for us), so that made me a happy camper.
– The race premium is also really really nice. I needed more long sleeve running shirts, so that worked out nicely.
– The vendors were awesome. Naked Juice was there (Mighty Mango is my favorite!), in addition to Red Robin, Noodles & Company, as well as some local vendors. We got coupons for Naked Juice and Red Robin, and Andrew and I both won free meals from Noodles & Company (we love free!!)
– The race was 10 minutes late. Really?!
– The beer was awful!! I know it’s free and I should just appreciate the fact that I get free beer, but ew!
Overall, a great race, and one that I’ll miss when I move to North Carolina. I think I’ll have to run more races so I can get back into the groove of things and not feel like a racing rookie!
Did you run any races this weekend?
Have you ever had decent beer at a race?