Arriving in Baltimore on Friday and hitting the expo and Inner Harbor for dinner was pretty much the plan. This is one of the few larger events that I have seen that actually runs on Saturday. The expo was pretty nice, easy to navigate and get all our goods, bib, bag, shirts. I did forget pins, though. I mean, the pins?!? We did end up going back later and picking up a few things we had seen earlier.
We decided to eat diner somewhere we knew. I did not want to be sick in the morning so we decided on Uno's. We sat outside, and it was cold. The breeze was chilly and neither of us were really dressed for it.
|Don't let the sun fool you!|
|Looks quite different silent and empty than it did a few weeks before for the Red Sox series.|
Because of the ACLS games, race times had been moved around. So her race had moved up to 7:30 while mine held at 8:45. I went to the start area at Camden Yard with her and it was awesome to see that they had opened Oriole Park for us to use real bathrooms! We made it out just in time for her race to start. I saw her off and then went to look for my start area. I was starting at mile 13 of the marathon course so our corrals were over in the harbor. She made it over before my race started and hung out in my corral with me. She did awesome, getting a 5K PR, despite almost being knocked over by some lady!
This is where the part about me being horrible at recaps comes in. I rarely remember much about the race itself. This is no exception. I do recall it seemed the entire race was up hill... with a head wind. I remember running around the lake and that's about it. There was a hill, and then another hill, and then a bridge - that also went up hill... Then we finally went down Eutaw St and into Camden to M&T Bank Stadium's parking lot. The immediate finish line area was a little confusing, like a maze. You had to walk to get your medal and I had to find my own space blanket. I'm used to it being right there. We skipped the finish line festivities and headed out. When we got back to our hotel area, the route to the finish went right in front so we decided to eat at Jimmy John's and watch the runners come down Eutaw St.
|It doubles as a beer opener!|
|At least I looked strong at somewhere between miles 12-13.|
The Hot Chocolate 15K in Columbus then following weekend, then a well deserved break before I get started training for the Boston Marathon on December 15.
Tonight I have a Barre class at a local yoga studio, I'll let you know how it goes. I think it would make great cross training in the coming months.