I’ll admit, being sidelined for pretty much all of 2011 so far (and I mean so far–this will change!) has been a real drag. Watching races come and go and seeing my friends out there kicking ass in them makes me sad. Boston, Cherry Blossom–I could go on–have all seen me on the sidelines.
But one race that I am not going to miss is the Baltimore 10-miler, happening today. I did this race the last two years and had already decided I was NOT going to do it in 2011, long before injury. I don’t know what it is about this race, but we just can’t get along.
The first year I did it, the course was long, as admitted by the race director in an email afterward. That extra mileage did nothing for my time, let me tell you. Last year, the course was accurate, but I still managed to melt down on it. It was miserable and my only saving grace was that my friend Janelle also had a bad day last year and we ran together, slogging along to a decidedly off-pace time.
The irony is that I placed second in my age group the first year and first last year. You know what, though? I’d trade my place for a decent pace any day of the week! How about you?
So this year, while I can’t run the Baltimore 10, I’m not losing any sleep over it. This was one I didn’t want to revisit.
Do you have any races you just don’t like?