This past Saturday I ran the Annapolis Running Classic 10K. Fun fact, this was my 4th half marathon 4 years ago. Only then it was called the TCS Annapolis Half and there was no 10K option. I loved it then and that race experience was actually the impetus for starting this blog. I’ve been wanting to come back to it since they made various changes but it never fit into my schedule until now.
Aside from being fairly local, one of the reasons I love the Annapolis Running Classic is it is highly organized from start to finish. I registered a couple months ago with a discount from Jenny‘s ambassadorship. They offer packet pick up options at various local running stores you can select. This is a great option to avoid having to go into Annapolis early or multiple times. Though note to self: it’s only a convenient option if you don’t forget to pick up your packet. Thanks to Jenny for taking care of that last minute for me!
In DC traffic Annapolis can take an hour or more to get to. However, the race started bright and early at 7 am so from DC I left just before 5:30 am and arrived in 45 minutes. I did run into traffic parking at the Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium but with free onsite parking and the start-finish line right there, I had more than enough time. It was a gorgeous day in Annapolis! The weather was perfect and it was nice and sunny.
I grabbed my bib from Jenny and while we hung out I ran into Colleen and Kara, who were running the half. I love local races for this reason – there is always a good chance to see some friendly faces!
Along with Jenny they were both ambassadors this year as well as Courtney. The two of us maneuvered our way through the chute to get as close to the front as we could and avoid crowds. I knew my race would be slow so we said our goodbyes once the gun went off. The race started promptly which was great. I had no goals for this race other than to have a fun run though I always hope for a sub hour finish for a 10K. No Garmin, no Map My Run just me and the streets of Annapolis based on feel. I’ve mentioned my sinusitis is taking it’s time working its way out so breathing has been complicated when running outdoors.
We exited the stadium and ran around it which was a beautiful view as the sun began to brighten. From there we entered into downtown Annapolis, past the State House and through cobbled streets catching a wonderful view of the water and boats on the dock. Then it was back through the streets of Annapolis again, past St. John’s College (a remarkable campus by the way!) and then King George Street, the long way back to and around the stadium for the finish. I liked that the mile markers were oddly numbered so we saw them at Miles 1, 3 and 5. I have no clue about my splits and I’m glad I didn’t because between miles 2-3 my breathing became shallow so I know I slowed down a bit. It’s all good though and I finished in 1:02:57. Not too shabby.
With only 3 races on my fall schedule, sick for one and missing another, I couldn’t bear the thought of not running in this race. Though I developed a cough and was slightly under the weather the rest of the day I just took it easy. The race was worth it though and the medal is pretty fantastic:
Post race atmosphere was buzzing too. They had raw and grilled oysters (I don’t like oysters so passed on that but they smelled amazing), tomato soup, bagels, bananas and of course beer. You also pick up your race shirt afterwards. All in all a pretty good day in Annapolis!
Have you ever run in or visited Annapolis? What’s your favorite post race treat?