Sometimes I let race recaps be the star of their own blog post show, but this time, I don't think it was exciting enough. So I'll share all about the night before/after too.
First of all, Friday was my BFF Casi's 30th birthday. I've been celebrating her birthday since she turned 13!
Crazy, right? That means we've been best friends for more than half our lives. I think we can all agree good friends are hard to come by, and this long standing friendship was even more impressive when you consider that we met before you could even make friends on the internet. PLUS, we stayed in touch even though we went to college in separate states, and that was before Facebook and text messaging.
The race was Saturday morning, so Friday night we just enjoyed an early dinner to celebrate. Then we enjoyed 5:45am wakeups the next morning.
This is my fourth time running the Baltimore Ten Miler, my longest standing relationship with any race. It's hugely popular here, mainly for its sweet premiums. This year was really nice jackets.
They only give them out after you finish to make them extra fancy
Considering I've been struggling to hold like a 9:30 pace on 3 mile runs, I didn't really have high hopes for the race. The course is notoriously challenging - hilly and usually hotter than hell. We lucked out this year and the temperature was 69 at the start. I definitely am not yet recovered from back to back marathons last month yet. The first year I ran it, I surprised myself with a 1:25, and then have never been able to replicate that time (the next two years were 1:29 and 1:26).
|Took this to remember where I parked, but then decided it's kind of pretty.|
Long story short - I ran the race hard, wanted to puke at the end, and got a new course PR for me - 1:24:16. I was pretty happy I could at least say I had some small accomplishment for my last race in my 20s!
|I could title this: how not to run a smart race.|
Afterwards, we met up and hung out a bit. The race has watermelon, ice cold towels, beer and live music after, and one of my favorite parts is making my friends compete for my beer tickets.
Then I went home and baked this. The inside is oreo/funfetti cake and oreo cream cheese frosting.
Then I learned that the last 17 years of my life have been a waste. I had buffalo wings at Casi's birthday party and have no clue how I survived without them all this time.
|Not as good as it sounds....soooo much better.|
If you spend your morning baking a cake, it's only natural to split a cupcake for lunch, right? I'm normally opposed to splitting dessert, but we got smoothies too, and the cupcake is way bigger than it appears.
|Orange velvet. Apparently every color can be a velvet flavor now.|
Then it was time for birthday pedicures, and getting fancy eye makeup done at Mac.
|They even had wine!|
|You can't really see the makeup....but it was there.|
|Sorry so dark, we were in a bar, but it's buffalo wings, a meatball, and a chicken tender.|
This is really just the start of like 3 weeks straight of amazing food and celebrating. Bring it on.
What's your favorite meat? I haven't tried BBQ really yet, but I hate the taste of BBQ sauce, so I may be screwed there.