As the last race of the season for me, I had looked forward to this as a relaxing tour of Baltimore. This was my 5th consecutive year running in the Baltimore running festival and they had some neat trinkets for those who had been part of all five - and this year's Under Armour shirts were cool. This was my 3rd year in a row doing the 1/2 marathon.
Strange thing though: leading up to this race, I was convinced the run was Sunday, as are many marathons. However, it wasn't until Friday afternoon I realized it was actually on Saturday! Had to race up to B'more to get my race stuff that evening.
As others mentioned, it was very breezy and warmer than the previous two years - not good for those marathoners, but not too bad for the 1/2. The breeze kept it feeling cool, though it did always seem to be a headwind - go figure.
This is a challenging course with all those hills. It was a bummer that the addition of Ft. McHenry was not part of the 1/2 marathon: Only those getting to have the joy of the full 26.2 got to circle the Fort.
It is actually wierd getting to watch the start of the marathon on TV (WBAL) at home before getting in my car to drive to Baltimore! Checked my bag upon arrival, then made my way to the start which is at the 1/2 way point of the marathon near the Inner Harbor.
I really enjoy this run. Everyone was very upbeat and the crowd support wasn't too bad, either. I felt great during the run, but kept telling myself to take it easy during the first half. The miles clicked away and then the last couple after passing the Meyerhoff, were virtually all down-hill - thankfully. Cruised through the finish feeling awesome with a final mile in 7:00.
Who tried the crab soup being dished out at the finish? It was awesome!!
Now, I'm looking forward to a few weeks of R&R, swimming, cycling, and then start training for the Spring.
Next up: Charlottesville Marathon in April!