I have quite a past with the Baltimore Running Festival. From impulsively signing up my first postpartum 5k (I Survived My 5k) to training all summer to run the Team Relay with my siblings (The Baltimore Team Relay: I did it!), it is one of those races that I try not to miss each year.
So this year when my sister’s hip injury meant that we couldn’t do our sibling Team Relay again (fingers crossed for next year), I decided to sign up for the 5k. I was in good company too because my brother and his girlfriend also ran the 5k and my other sister ran the half marathon.
To be honest, it wasn’t a great race for me this year. We ended up getting stuck in traffic, parking late and literally running to the start line. According to the website, there were 4,513 people running the 5k and holy guacamole did that make for a crowded course. In order to get to a comfortable pace, I had to dart around groups of walkers, slower runners and random Baltimore pothole obstacles. Considering I started after everyone else already crossed the start line, it’s actually pretty cool that I passed over 1,400 people. It was a fun run though and a great way to get in some exercise on a beautiful day.
The crab medals were pretty spectacular too:
And my whole family was there to cheer, so that was a bonus!
Hopefully next year we will be able to do the Team Relay again, but if not I’ll absolutely be doing the 5k. Of course, I’ll definitely do a better job at getting to the race on time!