I have certain races I love, that I go back to year after year. Probably top on that list is the Annapolis 10-miler at the end of August each year. It’s a fabulous event–5,500 people (just right), a beautiful course throughout Annapolis’ scenic neighborhoods, and a real challenge. Just about all of my running partners do this one, so it’s a fun day for us together. It was my first 10-miler ever, and I’m pretty sure I’ve done it six or seven times now.
It’s also a really hot day, each and every year. Ok, I think one year it was actually a bit cooler, but I was pregnant and ran it s-l-o-w-l-y, so that doesn’t count. I digress. I was signed up for the race again this year and just made the decision to pull out and transfer my number to a friend. I’m going to be returning from Australia just a few days shy of the race, so I can’t imagine I’d have a very good race. I’d be going from winter to Maryland’s extreme heat and humidity for one. I’d also be wrestling with jet lag still, so I’d be dog tired. Just can’t imagine that would equal a good time and I really don’t need another bad race this summer!
Run it easy and just for fun you say? I wish I was one of those people who can do that and enjoy myself. But I at least know myself well enough to know that I want to compete when I run, so I won’t do it that way.
I’m sad to miss this race this year, but there is a silver lining. Now I can find a 1/2 marathon to do between now and my November marathon. I’m considering the Parks 1/2 marathon in nearby Montgomery County–any of you DC-area bloggers doing it? Anyhow, I’ve wanted another crack at a 1/2 this year and now I’ll get it, so that’s a pretty good trade-off, don’t you think?
Don’t forget my Ryders eyewear giveaway here.