Under Armour Baltimore Marathon - RunMarathon

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Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Baltimore Runing Festival
55F / 13C
Total Time = 2h 47m 22s
Overall Rank = 25/2380
Age Group = Male 16-19
Age Group Rank = 1/25
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 4:00am and began to prepare for the race. I ate a Snickers Marathon Bar and drank a serving of Accelerade. I showered and relaxed until 6:30am, when my parents picked me up from JHU (we also drove a few other Hopkins students to the race). We arrived at the venue at 6:45am. I walked to the starting area and found my parents, who held my bags so I did not have to bag check them.
Event warmup:

At 7:40am, I ran from the start at Camden Yards to the bathroom facilities at M&T Bank Stadium and used the bathroom one final time. My warmup took 10:43 and covered 1.5mi. I felt great.
  • 2h 47m 22s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 06m 23s  min/mile

I made sure to go out easy. I felt perfectly comfortable until mile 7, when I developed a large blister on the bottom of my right foot. My legs still felt great, and I ran a comfortable pace until mile 15, when I began to feel it. When the blister developed, I was forced to change my from from landing mid-foot to heel-striking, which I believe slowed me a bit. My quads began to hurt at mile 15, and the pain built for the remainder of the race. I really pushed from mile 19 to mile 23, but bled pace all the while. My final two miles were reduced to a battle to continue moving (although stopping never crossed my mind). Crossing the finish line felt incredible, and all the power that I had pulled from for the last few miles was sucked from me. I inched my way through the finishing area to find my parents and to try to stretch out my devastated quadraceps.
What would you do differently?:

The only thing that did not go well was the blister on my foot. Other than that, everything went perfectly according to plan, and I could not have changed anything. I am happy with my performance.
Post race
Warm down:

Attempted to move through the finishing area, sucked down 24oz. of Accelerade, 24oz. of water. Tried to sit down, but my quads weren't strong enough to hold myself up. I eventually made it to the ground, where I tried to stretch, but couldn't. My quads were destroyed. I sat around after the race with my parents and waited for the awards at 12:30pm.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The blister on my foot, my fitness.

Event comments:

This was an excellent race. Corrigan Sports did a wonderful job at putting on the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon. I am excited to do the race again next year.

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Last updated: 2007-01-20 12:00 AM
02:47:22 | 26.2 miles | 06m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/25
Overall: 25/2380
Performance: Good
6:12, 6:10, 6:12, 5:50, 5:48, 5:55, 5:50, 5:58, 6:26, 5:37, 6:08, 11:50 (forgot to take split), 6:16, 6:09, 6:20, 6:25, 6:41, 6:59, 6:52, 6:52, 6:48, 6:44, 6:55, 7:44, 7:15, 1:24
Course: Began at Camden Yards, running all over Baltimore City, and finishing at M&T Bank Stadium. It was slightly uphill for the first three miles, very downhill for the next five, windy around Ft. McHenry, comfortable through the Inner Harbor and Canton, uphill from mile 16 through mile 23, and downhill down Eutaw Street. The wind picked up a bit later in the race, but it was relatively comfortable for the entire thing.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5