On October 12, I ran the Baltimore half marathon as part of the Baltimore Running Festival, thanks to my friends at Under Armour. I woke up that morning and looked out my window. I could see the marathon start line! Because there were multiple races that were a part of the festival, the half marathon didn’t start until 9:45 and the marathon started at 8.
It was cool to be able to watch the start from my room, and still have time before going down to run my race!
Since it’s still warm down south, I had no idea what to wear. I decided to go with some super soft cold gear courtesy of Under Armour, and while I did end up getting a little warm, everything was so comfortable, even for wearing it the very first time!
My plan for this race was to have fun. I had been out of town for 8 days on my feet all day, and eating restaurant food at every meal, so I wasn’t expecting a lot out of this. Plus, I had just raced the Tower of Terror 10 miler the Saturday before.
I walked downstairs and had no idea where the starting line was and had to ask some cops. So much for being prepared! I was really early, and ended up waiting around for awhile. It started to rain, but thankfully we just had a few showers here and there during the race. The set up for where to start the half was honestly a little confusing.
The path to get to the half start crossed the marathon course and people kept getting in the way. Maybe there is another way they can do this or change the course for next year?
We started at 9:45, and I started half 21 not knowing what to expect!
I felt pretty good at first, but then we just kept climbing…and climbing…and climbing. I grew up below sea level, and don’t train on many hills, so this was a big wake up call for me (and my calves!)
My pace slowed a lot, but I was determined not to walk on any of the hills. I am super proud to say I ran the whole race except for water stops.
At some point, we met up with the full marathon folks and finished the race with them all together, which I thought was really neat.
The first 6.5 miles were literally all uphill, and I kept thinking “we have to go down at SOME point!” My legs were tired, and we finally hit a lake. Ah, flat ground.
We ran all the way around the lake, and I kept texting Jami funny jokes, and then this photo. I get delirious when I run and say crazy things to people. No idea why.
If you look closely on the other side of the lake you can see all the people coming around.
I made it up another hill after going around the lake, and we went into some really pretty neighborhoods.
There was a good amount of crowd support, lots of funny signs, and I enjoyed seeing the city.
About mile 9, spectators started yelling things like “you got this, this is the last big hill!” I would get excited only to run into yet another hill. This kept happening and everyone around me would laugh and groan. Eventually though, we DID hit our last hill and the last couple miles were flat and downhill which was SO NICE at the end of a race.
The crowds got thicker and thicker so I knew we were close.
This race actually went by pretty fast, even though it was a tough one. I was glad to see the finish, but didn’t feel like I was dying.
I crossed at 2:19, and got this little guy.
I was happy with my time for a fun run with tons of hills right after a vacation and another race. Works for me!
I met up with Jami after who rocked the first leg of the marathon relay. We got some grub, hung out for a bit, then it was time for me to head back to the hotel before I caught my car to go back to the airport.
The race shirts from Under Armour are so soft, I love wearing mine! I of course had to match with my speedforms going to the airport.
Why yes, I did wear my medal to the airport and on the plane!
This was a great race with good crowd support and a fun although challenging course. Under Armour is a great sponsor, and the city was a great host. If you have a chance to run this one be sure to do it!
QOTD: Do you like hilly races? Do you run them?
Disclosure: My friends at Under Armour sent me to Baltimore to run this half marathon (flights, food, hotel, race entry) however, thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Don’t forget, you can order Under Armour Product straight through my website! This is the shirt I raced in and these are the tights. The green speedforms I wore to the airport, and the headband as well.