It’s crazy how fast time can pass sometimes. I feel like I just started working on the Baltimore Running Festival blog yesterday, and yet, it’s been two months. Now that it is staring me in the face (tomorrow!), it’s all Baltimore, all the time for me.
I’ll be racing the relay with friends, as has been our tradition for years. I’ll be taking leg one (about six miles) and then adding on some additional MP miles after. Then in the afternoon–Jeff has me down for run number two, another nine miles with six at MP. Just writing it down sends shudders down my spine!
Yesterday I got to attend the press luncheon for the running festival. Highlight of the luncheon was seeing Erika Brannock, the local Boston Marathon bombing victim, who will be the official starter of this year’s marathon. She is looking great and making big strides. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when she spoke–her positive attitude in the face of adversity is incredibly inspiring. What a great hometown example.
We also learned all about the stats that go into a big event like this. Did you know an event of this size (27,000 runners combined) requires over 1,000 volunteers? And 22,000 bananas? How about 17,000 gallons of water? The running festival is good for the economy, too, brining in close to $39 million to the local economy.
The weather looks to feature perfect temps, in the 55 to 65 degree range, with a chance for showers. It has been raining steadily here the last couple of days thanks to a big Nor’easter. I wrote about how to dress for these conditions on the CSE blog today if you want to check it out for future races that may feature the same.
And since I’m in local mode today, I thought I’d update you on the Milestone Pod, which I wrote about earlier this year and which was developed by a local runner. This nifty little gadget, which you secure to your shoe, can track the miles you’ve run, your cadence, and the time you’ve run. You’ll be able to sync it with your smartphone via a new app that Milestone Pod has designed. Expect the new, sleeker design and app to be available in early November (just in time for the holidays, right?).
So that’s what’s happening around these Baltimore parts. What’s going on in your world for the weekend?