I did it! This morning was the Baltimore Running Festival and I did my 6 mile relay. It was the longest I ever ran and I loved every minute of it!
Don’t get me wrong, about 4 miles into it I was playing mind games with myself and I started to question if I could do it. But then I’d see a family on the side of the road cheering on their mom or a couple on their stoop watching the race and I’d smile. It didn’t matter that the signs weren’t for me I was there, running, part of it, part of the event and that felt AMAZING. Addictive even.
Ready for the recap?
10 minutes before the race I need to find a bathroom. I do a nice warm-up jog around Camden Yards looking for port-a-potty that didn’t have a line around the block.
Mission successful. :~)
Jog back to the starting line.
Run in to a friend, somehow in the middle of 17,500 people.
The Race Starts. I walk for a bit (there’s just too many people) and then we are off!
I feel good, got the iPod on, running in the city with thousands of people, gorgeous day, who could ask for anything more? *que Elle* "Who could ask for anything more?"
Anyway, I distinctly remember crossing the 1 mile marker. There were people there decked out in Ravens gear and cheering everyone on. I had a big smile on my face.
The next 2-3 miles were pretty much all a steady incline and a blur. I have no recollection of passing the mile markers 2 or 3. I was struggling a bit, not stopping, but mentally just wondering around. Then I saw 3 young kids and their Dad on the side of the road with big signs cheering on "Mom". It made me smile and for some reason kept me going. Hitting mile market 4, I remember thinking "OK Roni, you can do this, only 2 to go!"
I was now in the down hill part of the run. I was feeling good, no cramps just a little winded and really enjoying myself at this point.
Then mile marker 5. WHOO HOOO! 1 to go! I’m SO doing this!
Out of nowhere my Nike+ says to me… "Your run has ended. You ran 5.39 miles, yada yada."
WHAT?!?! Apparently the sweat has fried my ipod. LMAO It totally crapped out. So I shut it off and shoved it in my pocket. Thankfully I was able to salvage what I did to that point.
I approach the relay finish line and who do I see? The husband and the toddler! There they are waiting for me right at the relay exchange! The husband tried to snap a pic of me running towards him but it didn’t turn out too well. Not to mention, I look like I’m dying when actually I’m raising my hand to wave. I felt great at this point.
This is me crossing the check point. I high high five’d my partner and off she went! It was AWESOME!
I don’t have official stats as they haven’t posted them yet, but I finished right at the 60 minute mark I think. I mean the race started at 8 and when I hooked up with the husband it was 9, so that’s an hour! It was my goal, and I’m ecstatic!
The whole experience was awesome. I have to admit I’m totally considering setting my sights on a full marathon. There is just something about it. The sense of accomplishment is unbelievable. It’s you, a good pair of sneakers and the road. Your only competition is yourself. Seriously, I think running may be the most perfect sport and I’m not even an athlete!
If I decide to do it you guys are SO doing it with me! LOL We have to start a marathon movement. Yeah, it’s official, I’m adding it to my life list. GO Baltimore Marathon ’09! :~)
Right now? I’m signing off. I need SLEEP! Right after the race we had to run to New Jersey having plans with the in-laws. Tomorrow I have plans with my parents that involves a crap load of walking! It’s a crazy active weekend! I’ll fill you in tomorrow.