Earlier this month on June 3rd, Mr. Marathon and I headed north to Baltimore, Maryland for the first time ever! We had signed up for the Baltimore 10 Miler after I found it just browsing races one day. And I got sucked in by the fact that I had never officially done a 10 mile race before, and the promise of some awesome swag. We made the drive on the Friday before the Saturday race, and boy was it full of traffic! We aren't used to traffic in our sleepy little small town, so driving through both Richmond, VA and Washington DC/Northern VA was a very stressful situation. But we made it after quite a few hours, and fortunately we were approved for race day bib pickup so we didn't have to rush on the night before.
This race was advertised as a challenging but fair course, and that it was indeed. I managed to take off right at target pace. My first 5 miles were all under 9:40 min/mile pace, and I was right on track for my goal. The first half did have a lot of rolling hills, but was noticeably more downhill. So, I unfortunately knew that the second half would be more uphill. I finished the first half in 46:50. I plodded through the next half with most of my miles hovering between 10:00-10:37 min/mile. There were 2 major hills that really slowed my pace but overall I managed to keep my pace under my goal and I finished in 1:38:50 with an average pace of 9:53 min/mile!
|My race photos are always like this...|
|Crossing the finish line with my boo --|
he came back for me after he finished! *swoon*
Ignore that rando photoboming us lol
|That moment when you open your camera |
and it's set on front facing and you don't expect it
|Sightseeing in Annapolis|
|The little harbor in Annapolis|
|Posing at the harbor with Mr. Marathon and my dear friend!|
|The capital building in Annapolis|