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Monday, October 15, 2012

Inspiration Mondays: 2012 Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon

It's been awhile since I've posted but I've been super busy! Between graduate school and (kinda) training for my 1/2 marathon, October has kept me busy! This past Saturday was the 2012 Baltimore Running Festival. There were many races; Kids Fun Run, 5k, 1/2 Marathon, the Relay Marathon, and the Individual Marathon. My running buddies and I headed to Baltimore at 6:30am from D.C. to get there early! I'd only slept for 4 hours because of adrenaline and attending the last Washington Nationals Baseball game...tears, we lost..I digress.  After munching on peanut butter toast, bananas, oatmeal, free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, and hydrating with H2O we were ready as ever! My adrenaline was recharged every time I heard a "You Got This!", "Only X miles to go!", or "Wow, I couldn't run that far, lol". I finished in 2 hours and 17 minutes, with an average pace/mile of 10:19. Afterwards I felt like a little old lady, barely walking, limping, and wincing in pain walking down the stairs. But 48 hours later with a massage and plenty of rest, I'm about 95% healed!

Thanks to Black Girls Run! for all of your inspiration and cheering squads. You ladies rock!! Thanks to their regional Facebook page I found a running group in my neighborhood, started running consistently and am now looking forward to my next 1/2 marathon in May!

Pre-race dinner at the deliciously filling Da Marco Restaurant in Silver Spring,  Maryland
Free Chicken Sandwiches 90 minutes before the race!! I just ate the buttery bread :)
Pre-race Photo with Toni Carey, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!
On your mark, get set, GO!!!!!
Right after the race....Can you see the pain in my smile??
It's OVER!!! Now time for milkshakes and pancakes!!  

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