B&B headed to Baltimore, Maryland for a weekend trip with our friends. And of course, we signed up for the Baltimore 10 Miler since we were in town! Pam: Baltimore has a special place in my heart. I spent some wonderful years in college there and I love going back to visit. However, Baltimore running has left me broken hearted. I ran the Baltimore Marathon there 2 years ago and it was my least favorite marathon to date. I learned just how hilly Baltimore was so I was ready for this race.
Our amazing friend, Kim, headed to the zoo on Friday and picked up the race bibs for everyone. You were also able to pick up bibs at various Dick’s Sporting Goods around the area which makes it convenient for the local runners. There is no race expo so if you are an expo junkie like Pam, do not get excited.
Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early after a night of sushi (NOT the best pre-race fuel, for the record) and hopped in an Uber to Kim’s house. The traffic getting to the race was pretty aggressive on the exit ramp and that was still a little bit away from the starting line. Thankfully we were heading to Kim’s so we didn’t hit any traffic at all! Having Baltimore friends made race morning a breeze because we were dropped off just beyond the starting line by Druid Hill Park. Our drop off spot was at the bottom of that awful hill (more on that later), so it was a small hike, but we knew what we were up against come Mile 9. The threat of rain had subsided for race morning but 80 degrees and 85% humidity at 7:30AM is not ideal running weather.
The starting line was overflowing with runners, but we filed in quickly and crossed the starting line. The race course is out and back with a few added street turns in either direction. Mile 1 is all downhill… weeeee. Around the 1st mile marker, we found our Cheer Squad who lined up for high fives 🙂 The course is filled with rolling hills and makes its U-turn for Mile 5 around Lake Montebello. Throughout the race, there were some spots filled with spectators and some stretches without anyone cheering. As we approached Mile 8, we found our Cheer Squad again and another round of high fives was just the power boost we needed! This was also the “Munchkin Mile” with a water station and Dunkin Donuts Munchkins. Louise: I was sooo pumped for munchkins, but when I tried to eat one mid-race, chewing was just not happening and I basically coughed it into the trash. Lesson learned- never try to chew anything in a race. Pam agrees with me.
Just before you hit the marker for Mile 9, Druid Hill starts to climb. It seems like the hill that will never end, then once you reach the top you make a loop and the finish line creeps into sight just around the corner! As we rounded the corner, we found Kim and Matt and gave our last power-up high fives before taking off.
Crossing the finish line was sweet relief! We were handed awesome medals with penguins running across… we still haven’t figured out why though. Anyone know why they chose penguins? Water, Gatorade, oranges, bananas, apples, granola bars, chips, pretzels, and watermelon! Yum! Snacks in hand, we walked back to find Matt and Kim, while cheering Chelsea across the finish line. Race complete.
The post-race festival was SO MUCH FUN! We were able to hang out with our friends and enjoy Harpoon Brewery beers and live music from Naked Nation. It definitely made running up those hills worth it! After several hours in the sun with beers in hand, race day was a success! Then it was off to the ballgame!
Have you ran the Baltimore 10 miler? What were your experiences?
Xo, Pam & Louise