Running the Baltimore 10 Miler was another first for me! I’ve always wanted to try this race because of the awesome premium jackets they give out instead of medals. Since the King Crab Challenge consists of the Frederick Half Marathon, Baltimore 10-Miler, and Baltimore Marathon, I finally got my chance on June 6th.
Oh, and speaking about King Crab, I forgot to mention in my Frederick Half recap how they had our royal gift on display at the expo … this cute hanging rack our the medals! (I’ll have to fit in my Nut Job one somewhere.)
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I’m slowwwly catching up on all race recaps this year. Today’s topic: my first time running the Frederick Half Marathon, the first race of the King Crab Challenge!
Wow, I really, REALLY loved this race.
And I know, I’m fairy easy to please when it comes to races. But seriously, this is my new favorite local half! Very organized, great runner communication, a pretty PR-friendly course with rolling hills that takes you through downtown Frederick and surrounding developments, and as usual a fun after party.
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Oh, how I love the Frederick Running Festival! The Twilight 5k has a special place in my heart, since it was my first official 5k. Reading my recap from 2008, I have to laugh.
Wow, I was such a newbie back then.
I got so excited about getting a cup of Gatorade for the first time … and nearly choked trying to drink it on the run. (I’ve yet to master this skill.) And yes, I did make a rookie mistake of wearing my race tee-shirt … out of necessity, though, since I was dressed WAY too warmly. (Still make this mistake WAY too often.) I also forgot to charge my iPod and had to run music-free. (Which I did again this year after forgetting my ear buds.)
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When I was younger, my mom never understood why I would read some books over and over and over again, since I knew exactly what was going to happen. But to me, my favorite books were like comfort food and sometimes, I don’t want to guess how things will turn out. I don’t want surprises. I just want to be taken on a familiar ride with characters I love and a surround myself in a setting that feels like home.
The Sweet Valley High books? Oh my gosh. Back then, I read them to death. A Horse Named Mr. Ragman? Read it at least a zillion times. The Horse Masters? It needed a new cover by the time I was done with it.
So every summer, I pick at least one book to reread, taking a familiar trip home and indulging in some comfort food. So because our theme for August is summer reading, for today’s Five for Friday, here’s my–
Five of my Favorite Books for Summer (Re)Reading
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Warning: I get rather chatty in this recap, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee first! Oh, and I made a video recap for W&D as well as one for the 2014 Princess Half! (Better late than never.) I should have trimmed the Osborne Lights part, but that part of the race was so amazing. Had to leave it. My youngest son also said that Umbrella, ella, ella got old after six minutes, but whatever. Considering how much it POURED during the race, it felt appropriate!
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Ah, the 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon, otherwise known as Splash & Dash. What a race that was! Pouring down rain. Pour. Ing. On a chilly night. My toes prune just thinking about it.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. First there was the expo on Friday! Bob joined me for this trip and I was so excited about running another night race since Tower of Terror was awesome! Plus we have never experienced the Food & Wine Festival together nor have we seen Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Short vacation, but lots of awesomeness!
Now, before leaving, folks in many Facebook running groups were abuzz over the predicted forecast of rain, rain, and more rain. But it was all good, I wasn’t too worried since I thought I had packed accordingly.
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