Yesterday morning, I trekked out very early for my second Baltimore Women's Classic. This was my favorite 5k of 2011, and they again delivered a great race.
The BWC organizers really know how to get the crowd pumped! An hour before the race, they had a DJ pumping the tunes. A half hour before the, a local fitness celebrity lead a warm up of Zumba and dancing. I made a quick trick to the bathroom, and then it was time to hit the starting line. After a year of racing, I have learned that people do not really honor the suggested starting place based on pace. I started in the ten minute mile pace group and that suited me well. By no means was I in the front of the pack, but I did avoid that bottle neck at the beginning and I did keep up with the crowd.
What I love most about this race is the course! It highlights all of the most beautiful parts of the city. You run past the art museum, Federal Hill, lots of cute city neighborhoods, then end running right along Baltimore's famous and beautiful inner harbor.
The heat was on yesterday for the race! By 8 am, it was 87 degrees and very humid. I was hoping to get a PR for this race, but once I felt the heat and humidity, I gave myself some slack. Heat and humidity really affect me, making me nauseous and dizzy. I did not want to experience this at my favorite local race, so I really took it easy and enjoyed the race.
I am so glad I did the Baltimore Women's Classic for a second time. It is still my favorite 5k. Do you have any races you do year after year?