Sunday, October 12, 2008

Race Report : 2008 Baltimore Marathon


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The most important part of this weekend's trip to the Baltimore area for the 2008 Baltimore Marathon had absolutely nothing to do with running.  The entire weekend was all about reconnecting with my college friend Becca and her family.  They are wonderful, wonderful people, with increadible hearts and great hosts.  My two girls (6 and 7) hit it all immediately with Becca's girls (7 and 8).  From dinners to soccer games to making scarecrows, everything we did was an absolute blast, and we can't thank Becca's family enough for putting up with us for the weekend.

Oh, and there was a little marathon going on in Baltimore this weekend.  I was actually surprised by the difficulty of the course.  There were quite a few challenging hills, but overall I have to give this race a thumbs up.  Nice crowds, well organized, fully stocked aid stations, great volunteers....the Baltimore Marathon is certainly a marathon to take the time to check out.

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For me, I really set out with 2 goals - a sub 2 hour first half, and as 4:30 or better overall finish.  I was able to meet both goals (did the first half in 1:57:38 and finished in 4:14:32).  The only bad part of the experience were the 7 blisters that I managed to pick up along the course (NOTE : I was not using Drymax socks, but instead used Injinji socks, and believe that the blisters were mostly the result of using Heel That Pain inserts).  There was actually one annoying thing about this marathon - they required runners to wear stickers on their backs, designating which race they were in (full, half or relay).  Of course, within moments of the start of the marathon, hundereds of stickers were on the ground, and I ended up with at least 7 of them attached to the bottom of my shoes.

Two weeks to go to go until the Marine Corps Marathon.

14 comments:

  1. The race designation stickers sound like a good idea poorly executed.

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  2. Congrats Tony! Well done. How annoying ... but at least it wasn't toilet paper, that would have annoying AND embarassing :).

    So, wassup with the socks? I thought you had discovered super socks.

    Good luck at Marine Corp.

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  3. On the socks - I did not use Drymax, but instead used Injinji socks.

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  4. CONGRATS Anthony! Very nice job ;D ;D Race stickers?! Gah isn't stepping on Gu packets annoying enough. And then you get that shiz on top of it.

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  5. Great Job Tony!

    I wear Injinji's but I wear another pair of socks over them, which seems to work very well for me with regards to eliminating blisters. If I wear them alone, I find that I always get a blister somewhere.

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  6. great job ---can't believe that Becca put up with you for an entire weekend:)))) -sounds like a nice race. How was the traffic down and back?? I wonder why you ended p with those blisters. Good advice to wear socks over the injinis --we should try that. Congrats on a good race!

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  7. Wow! Great job meeting both your goals!

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  8. 7 blisters! we need to talk about this! Nice running
    Lisa

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  9. Nice work! It's a great feeling to accomplish your goals. Best of luck with Marine Corps!

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  10. Congratulations Anthony! I find road marathons much harder than trail ones and for some strange reasons I get more blisters on the road - maybe it's the evenness of the stride??? Who knows!!!

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  11. Ouch - 7 blisters. Sounds like you had a great weekend. I have friends down there and would like to crash with them and do the marathonm someday. Nice job!

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  12. Way to go on meeting goals! And I know blisters:(

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  13. Congratulations Anthony! What a nice weekend--your family sure knows how to have fun. I ordered some Drymax socks on your recommendation, but they didn't arrive in time for my marathon last Sunday, so I wore some that touted a "double-layer-blister-prevention-system" and ended up with blood blister so huge and red that even my teen-age boys were grossed out! Lesson learned. I hope to see you soon--have fun in DC.

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  14. Tony--

    You're lucky you said nice things! : ) We had a great time, too!

    My girls haven't stopped talking about your girls.

    Hugs to you all.

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