This Saturday I will run my one and only race of 2011, the Celtic Solstice 5-miler in Baltimore. I wrote about this race last year because it is one my all-time favorites. I won’t be racing it this year–not even going to put the chip on–but just running it nice and easy with a few friends doing the same. We’ll run five before to make it an even 10, then call it a day and head out for brunch!
One of the things I love about this race are the premiums. I’ve often said I would be happy to pay a lower fee and skip the premium, and this is one race where you can do that. But, the premiums are always so nice for this race, I become a hypocrite and spring for them. Jim Adams, the race organizer, is a runner’s runner and always arranges that you can pick up your premium a week ahead of time at a store close to you. So I already have this year’s premium. Pretty nice, huh?
But as much as I want to put this shirt on and go run in it, I’ll wait until after Saturday. I have this thing about wearing a shirt before I’ve done the race. Superstition, probably, but I just feel like it will jinx me. Heck, this year I don’t even have anything to be jinxed about, but still…can’t do it.
I remember when I did my Ironman years ago. They had stuff on sale all week leading up to the race, but I didn’t buy any of it until after the big day. Just didn’t seem right. At Boston, you pretty much have no choice–if you want the jacket, etc, you have to buy it beforehand at the expo. But that doesn’t mean it has to be worn until after, which is how I roll.
Silly rules I make up for myself, but I’m guessing some of you are on board with me on this. Am I right?