BALTIMORE RUNNING FESTIVAL - HALF MARATHON
October 16, 2010 (Saturday)
ROAD RACE: 13.1 MILES
M&T Bank Stadium
After working till way past one am every night and then getting only 3 hours of sleep the night before the race, I was worried, worried about being too tired to run. I figured I won’t be able to beat my Frederick half time since that was a gentle course compared to these hills. I really wanted to hit 3 hours but lack of rest was an obstacle. After getting home at 1:45am, making sandwiches and snack packs for my kids’ football games on Saturday, I climbed into bed at 2:30am and that damn alarm went off at 5:30.
I dragged myself out of bed and walked into a door. Who put that dam door there!! After splashing ice cold water on my face to wake me up, I got dressed; grab a kaiser roll with cream cheese and PowerAde and left. No problem getting to the race site since everyone exited at Russell Street leaving 395 clear for me. I park in Lot A at 7am, put my seat down, set the alarm for an hour and went back to sleep. After 45 mins, my body was wide awake. Damn!! I went for a walk and to find bathroom facilities. I ran into Terri Pazornick (Strider and Mid MD Tri member), cheering her daughter on at the 5K. I went back to my car to grabbed my stuff. I lost my running pouch and so I had nowhere to put my phone and GU. Yes, I do carry my phone. Good thing God blessed me up high because my bra became my “bra vault” to hold my GU, phone and keys. My running buddies tease me about pulling everything out of my bra. I mean I use to carry GU, keys, phone, tissue, Bluetooth and even my fig newtons (in a ziplock) in there all at once. This is why I bought the pouch!! No pouch so I reverted back to my bra vault. Why not?
I was tired and frustrated and couldn’t find any of my friends in the mass of 10,000 runners. I started out in pen 3 even though I was suppose to be in 5 but I really wanted to avoid being at the back and the walkers. Right before we went off, I dragged off my long sleeve tech and tied it around my waist. The first 2 miles were ok as I tried to pace myself. At mile 2, I ran into Kim from Striders next step and we ran together with 2 of her friends. I quickly realized her friends were much faster than me and I need to keep up. I maintained a faster pace than I planned and really surprised myself. I never could do this pace longer than 6 miles without lost of pain where it would hurt to breathe. I had a PR at mile 10 and really focused on not slowing down. Yes, Coach Jan Orlik, I guess I am faster than I think. Thanks for the coaching and pushing.
THE FINISH LINE!! I ran thru, collided with a man who thought he should stop and celebrate his finish on the timing mat!! I yelled, run over the damn mat!! Moooove!! I am sure he thought I was some dorky runner. After the race, I grabbed my Maryland Double medal (for doing Frederick and Baltimore in the same year) and headed home to get ready for work. Damn, I really wanted to just sleep. I thought I drank adequately but my face looked like snowman at the end. I hope that does not show in the photos. This was my first time running Baltimore and I see why people love it. The crowd is awesome on the course, it was challenging but I really did like it except for starting at 9:45am. Way too late for someone who runs between 3:30 and 6am in the mornings.
I beat my Frederick half marathon time by 16.21 minutes and my 3 hr goal by over 11 minutes!!
Overall place: 7019 out of 8046
Age group place: 573 out of 699