How much do I love this race?

running event How much do I love this race?

The bagpipes make their way through the crowd to start the race

Really, today was about as good as it gets. I joined my friends to head up to Baltimore to run the Celtic Solstice 5-miler. I mentioned before that I’ve run this one several times–by my count, seven now. And I have a feeling I’ll keep going back until I’m old and gray.

When I put my mind to it, I realize that this race has represented so many stages of my running, and life, in general. I’ve run it in really great shape, post-injury, when my daughter was only six weeks old,  and everything in between.

This year, it represented a full circle moment for me. When I ran it last year, in a low 35 time, I was fit. But I also quit running due to my ITB injury a few days later, because the race put the nail in my coffin. To come back this year having this race represent my one and only of 2011, meant a lot to me.

Today I was far from last year’s racing shape, but what was great was that we put in a total of 12 miles, five of them during the race. That was a victory in and of itself for me. Today also drove home, once again, how fantastic my friends are. My friend Lisa stuck by my side for the whole race, even though she could have smoked the course had she so chosen.

The race is full of tradition, from a procession of bagpipes and the athletes who have run all 11 years of it, to the set of Irish wolfhounds who make their way past the race field. Plenty of kilts dot the course as people embrace the Irish spirit. My friends and I kept up our own tradition, too, of hitting up a fantastic brunch afterward. Perfect day.

Yes, I’m riding this high…the grin is here for the day, at the very least!

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  1. Love the skirl of the pipes and all things Celtic. Must have created a wonderful atmosphere and it sounds like you really enjoyed it.
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  2. Hats off to a perfect day. Congrats!
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  3. Congratulations! Love that you got out and did the race you love, more importantly, that you were able to run it at all! Yay! :)
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  4. That’s so cool! I’m so glad you were able to run a race that you love so much!
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  5. Love love Baltimore! So want to run a race out there some day.
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  6. I’m still sad that I missed you this morning, but it was a wonderful race! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. May it be the start of a great comeback!
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  8. Sounds like such a fun time. I love when races elicit memories of certain milestones in our lives. I’d say you’re well on your way on that comeback trail!
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  9. so glad this year is a big plus! happy healthy holiday running!
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  10. Yay! I’m so happy for you!!!
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  11. Yay!! That’s wonderful to hear!!
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  12. That sounds like the PERFECT race! Running with a friend and then brunch after, smiling all the way! Enjoy the day for many more to come!!
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  13. So awesome to have a race with great memories. Glad you had a great time!
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  14. So pleased for you!
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  15. There’s nothing like men in skirts and bagpipes to make you want to run fast. But seriously, it wounds like a race with great atmosphere.
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  16. I’m sure the race made you reflect on 2011 – you’ve been through a lot with your running this year. But 2012 will undoubtedly be great! Best wishes and good health!
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  17. Looks and sounds like such an awesome race!!!
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  18. I like the Celtic traditions and I am glad that you were able to run in such atmosphere.
    I am very glad you enjoyed the race and the …. post-race time.
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  19. This post is the kind that I love to read. I’m so happy for you that you are coming back from injury and that you got in a 12 miler. It sounds like an incredible race!
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  20. Awesome job!!!!

  21. What a great race to make into a tradition. Sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you were able to be there this year!!
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  22. Way to literally ‘run away’ from everything, take it all in, and celebrate! So happy for you-what an experience!

  23. I could ‘read’ your grin in the post.
    Congrats and ride the high!
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  24. Wow… bagpipes and wolfhounds?! So nice to have those familiar runs to keep coming back to… sounds like a perfect morning!
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  25. It must feel so amazing to be in the race atmosphere again, especially since this is a favorite of yours. Grinning over here for you too!
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  26. Sounds like a great race. You have so many great running friends too! I love the 5 mile distance. It’s short enough to really push yourself but not too short that it’s over in the blink of an eye.

    I’m so happy you’re so happy! And I’m on my own high just because I can run again and it feels so fantastic!
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  27. Awesome! congrats on the entire day — 12mi is big time! You are back!
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  28. Sounds perfect! I hope to run this one someday!
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  29. Nice to see you back to racing and getting the run-happy again!
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  30. Congrats on another race. Glad you were able to run a race you are passionate about and enjoy it with friends.
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  31. I hope this will be the starting point of some great things for you in 2012!
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  32. Great days are wonderful!! :)
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  33. I LOVE bagpipes and all things Celtic (despite my weird name, I’m lotsa Irish)–I think that would make me run faster on its own! So happy for you that you had an inspiring day, a wonderful omen for your 2012.
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  34. what a cool race! We have NOTHING like that around here…but glad you guys enjoyed it!
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  35. CONGRATS!!! That is awesome to hear
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  36. So sad that I missed that race!! I love that one. Sounds like it was a good one this year :)
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  37. Love it – so pleased this went so well for you!
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