This weekend I am running half marathon #10 for 2014! Only 3 more to go after this. This race was supposed to be my “A” race for the spring. I had big hopes of pushing for a sub-2:10. While I haven’t ruled it out, I’m thinking it’s not likely. Why? Because Mother Nature has decided to go straight from soup weather to hot weather. And I don’t deal well with the heat at the beginning of the summer. So, I guess I’ll make a game day decisions as to how to handle the race.
5 Things I Love about the Frederick Running Festival
1. The location – Frederick is only about an hour from where I live in Virginia, so it’s super easy to get to. I love that it’s close and accessible, but has a much more “small town” feel than the very urban area I live in.
2. The packet pickup – There are lots of options for packet pickup for this race. You can pick up at multiple locations in the days leading up to the race and then there is an expo on the day before the race. Last year, I was in and out in a matter of minutes on Saturday afternoon.
3. The course – Last year I LOVED this course. It’s got a bunch of small rolling hills and only one big hill. I run best on rolling hills as it seems to keep my legs fresher and break things up. The scenery varies quite a bit as you move from the start, through the downtown, out into some other neighborhoods, and then finish at the track.
4. The bling options – Why just get one medal with you can get extras? Want the Nut Job? Run the 5k the night before. Want Titanium Girl? Run Iron Girl (it was last weekend) and Frederick. Want the Maryland Double? Run Frederick and the Baltimore half. They even have a new one this year: King Crab. Run Frederick, the Baltimore 10 miler, and the Baltimore half. The swag for that is pretty sweet! I’m only running the Frederick half this year, but last year I did the Nut Job and had a blast. Maybe next year I’ll go for Titanium Girl…
5. The size – With 5000 runners, Frederick feels about perfect to me. It doesn’t take long to get out of the start pack, but at the same time, you are never really by yourself. Other than my teeny tiny loop races, this is the size race I prefer most. As Goldilocks would say, this one is “just right”.
Bonus: I have a bonus reason for loving this race. One of our closest friends lives practically on the course. This provides me with a free place to stay and an easy commute to the start/finish line (I can walk there!). For the second year in a row, the boys are not going with us because they have sleep overs. Woot!
Carb loading last year after the 5K the night before the half:
Are you running Frederick? I’ll be the girl in the skirt and compression socks. Say hi if you see me.
And don’t forget to enter the Lift Your Sole giveaway! A new giveaway starts next week!