2011 marked the 11 Annual running of the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival. It was my fifth time participating in the event. One 5k, 3 full marathons, and now one 1/2 marathon. Every year I realize what a tough course it is. Eventually the idea of how tough it is fades in my memory. Not being a woman I would never really know but, I am guessing it is similar to childbirth. The next year I sign up again am surprised at how hilly the second half of the marathon is. Of course, the race officials make sure the half marathon runs the toughest part of the course. I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is not an easy running course. If you do well in Baltimore you will do well in just about any other marathon.
25,000 runners sold out all the events this year. 9,056 runners finished the half marathon; I was number 652-division place 63. My time was 1:45:39; I was hoping to be six to ten minutes faster. I didn’t let the slight disappointment ruin my day. I could make excuses about the hills or the wind; it just wasn’t my day to go faster. Lucky for me I ignored the wave start indicated by my bib. During registration they ask you for your estimated finish time. I entered 1:40, which should have had me in the 1st wave. The bib assigned to me would have had me in the slowest and last wave, #5. I was able to line up in the first corral, and all was well. As a side note, I ran in the Brooks Pure Connect.