The Whitehall 15k was another Baltimore Road Runners Club (BRRC) event. The cost of entry was $5 for non-members $2 for members, a bargain! The BRRC was donating all the race fees to Haiti too.
The day started off chilly and it stayed that way for the whole race. My game plan for this run was just to take it easy, after all I just ran a 50k a week ago. I set out on the flat course monitoring my breath and effort. I never looked at my Garmin, I didn’t care what the time would be. I like running in these events because they are casual, and quite a few people come out for them. There were a couple of other runners that ran the HAT 50k the previous week. Darryn, a runner that ran the HAT settled in next to me a little after mile five. We casually talked for awhile and then he picked it up slightly for the last 3 miles and left me behind. I wasn’t there to push so I just relaxed and kept my stride steady.
I crossed the finish line and had to check my Garmin a couple times. To my surprise I ran the 15k in 1:15:56 an 8:18 minute mile. That is quick for me. I am typically in the nines. I don’t know what happened. To add to the confusion I drank way to many beers the night before and tossed and turned all night getting very little sleep. I thought it was going to be a disaster.
My running social network is certainly growing because of Dailymile. When I go to races now I know at least 6-7 people. It is great to pop out of your car and see all the friendly faces. This was a great little race, and I had a lot of fun. Join your local running club and get on Dailymile.
-Believe in the run