I just did a count and I’ve run 10 races this year. But there’s still number 11 to go. This one is one of my favorites–the Celtic Solstice 5-Miler held in Baltimore each year. Even though I’m in a downtime period between marathons, I can’t pass this one up.
What makes this race special? So many things:
- It’s run by one of Baltimore’s running gurus, Jim Adams, which makes it a running event with runners in mind
- It’s festive–you see lots of jingle bells, Santa costumes and reindeer antlers. And men in kilts–they sell them before the race and quite a few don them.
- You get to choose if you want to spend a low entry fee and get no swag, or upgrade and take home a great shirt. Check out my collection above from over the years.
- I’ve run this race six times–I’ve raced it hard; I’ve run it easy; I’ve done it four weeks after having a baby, and just after returning from an injury. Not sure what my story will be this time.
- A boatload of my friends are all doing the race and then having brunch afterward, a Solstice race tradition.
- It marks the winter solstice, which means the days start to get longer again soon–yahoo!
Last year I was signed up to race the Solstice, but couldn’t make it there because we had this little thing called a snowstorm drop in on us. It was 18 inches worth, which is a lot of snow anywhere, but a really big deal here in Maryland. That’s stop what you’re doing weather around here. But 300 of the 3,000 registered runners did show up and the race went on. Check it out: Celtic Solstice 2009. My friends and I knew we could make it to the race, but weren’t sure if we’d be able to get back from the race, so 2009 was a wash for us.
I haven’t decided yet if I’ll run this race or race it; I do know my competitive side has a hard time staying quiet. My training coming into this race has been wishy-washy at best. I’ve had downtime from my ITB, and I haven’t done a lick of speedwork since my marathon five weeks ago. I can say I’ll be ahead of my husband, whose training has consisted of, let’s see, lots of basketball and maybe five runs in the last six months. Could be a painful 5 miles for Mr. Zippy.