Guest Post – Baltimore Half Marathon
My friend Amy and I teach together at school. We have been running and going to BodyPump together for the past few months. Amy couldn’t get into the Hershey Half Marathon when it was sold out, so she and her husband signed up for the Baltimore Half Marathon. The race was also last weekend and below is her recap of her first half marathon experience!
It was during the last few days before the race that I came across this quote: “The only difference between try and triumph is a just a little umph!” by Marvin Phillips. I don’t even know who Marvin Phillips is, but regardless the quote struck me. Being my first ½ marathon I had all kinds of crazy nervousness “running” through my mind…would I have enough umph to successfully finish this race?
Overall, I have to say that my training went well until I ran my 10 mile long run and my 12 mile long run. I just didn’t have it in me to run the long runs without being in severe pain. And, needless to say, the disappointment crushed my spirit. Not to mention the little voice inside my head asking me what in the world was I thinking when I signed up for a ½ marathon!
Fast forward to race day…The Baltimore Running Festival, October 15th 2011. I was fortunate enough to have my hubby running with me. I think he truly understood my nervousness and said he would run the entire race with me. After all, he’s a pro; he already ran a full marathon.
When we arrived I told him to just lock me in the back of the Jeep and get me when the race was over!!!! Well, that didn’t happen, but we were blessed with beautiful weather on race day. I couldn’t have been happier! We found our starting point and anxiously waited to move to the starting line. Being in wave 5 (that’s where they put the newbies), it took us twenty minutes to begin the race. Here are some quick facts about the Baltimore Running Festival:
- The festival offered all kinds of races: a marathon, ½ marathon, 5k, a wheelchair marathon, team relays, and a kids fun- run.
- There were over 25,000 runners in Baltimore on race day!
- The ½ marathon had 11,000 runners.
- There were even elite runners competing for their country’s Olympic team!
It was a great start! There was so much scenery to take in that I didn’t even notice that I was running. We started at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and then ran through various neighborhoods. I was amazed by the amount of people cheering us on. There were bands playing and even kids dressed up in Halloween costumes anxiously awaiting a “high five” as we sailed by them.
Being a school teacher, I allowed myself a reward every two miles. What was the reward you ask…well, every two miles I was allowed to have a block of my SHOT BLOK. (Black cherry flavor, yum!) I love the SHOT BLOKS and it’s funny how something so simple can be motivating. My reward at mile marker 10 was to call my daughter and at mile marker 12 call her again so that I could tell her it was just a matter of time before we triumphantly crossed the finish line.
My hubby and I ran the entire race together, and I ran the race without any of the excruciating pain that I had during my training. We crossed the finish line hand-in-hand in 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 16 seconds. It was a triumphant race indeed!