With a name like "Dreaded Druid Hills", you know what you are getting into with this race. Here's how active.com described the race:
Brief DescriptionMost memorable quote so far: I love running hills, but that was mean and totally uncalled for. - Finisher in the chute, 2002
And that was it.
I got there super early, not knowing what the parking situation would be, and ended up having time to enjoy the porto-potty twice, stretch, warm up, and get a new high score on angry birds. Here's the pretty little lake we started at:
Finally time to run!
Thanks for not wasting my race fee on a fancy start line!
Despite the scary name, I actually really enjoyed this race. The hills were tough - like soul crushing, never ending, turn the corn thinking you're done and you are still staring straight up, running slower than you can normally walk hills. I climbed 1482 feet of elevation over 6.2 miles, which Eric put in perspective pointing out that race course went nearly an entire mile UPHILL! I honestly don't know if I've ever done a hillier road run. But the downhills gave some recovery time, nearly the whole run was shaded, and there was a bagpiper playing on the course for us. Plus, running through sketchy areas of Baltimore brings back fond marathon memories.
I didn't go into the race with any hopes of PRing (actually, the race facebook page tells you that won't happen) and just figured I'd take it easy on the hills and have fun. When I stop putting all the pressure on myself to get a certain time goal, I have so much more fun.
There was no chip timing so I'm assuming results won't be posted for awhile so we'll just go with the Garmin time, since that's probably faster anyway.
6.29 miles, 57:21 and an average pace of 9:07. I'm pretty happy with that!
Post race food was nothing but refreshing fruit, and it was awesome. More watermelon!
First I stopped at the grocery store for post - race essentials.
This stuff basically turns frozen fruit and almond milk into ice cream. Now I can finally eat ice cream for breakfast without being shunned from society.
I'm SO EXCITED New York finally legalized same sex marriage (hint, hint Katy Perry)!
Maryland, I've accepted that you are refusing to plow your streets or make bagels properly, but maybe you could get on board with this?