26.2 Miles of Baltimore

 

This past weekend was the Baltimore Marathon and Mary ran in it! Mary is my half brother’s Mother…confusing huh? We just call her my Stepmom to strangers because somtimes a twenty minute explanation is just not in the cards. All you need to know is that she’s my family so it was really cool when she told me months ago that she had signed up for the Baltimore Marathon and asked if she could crash with us for the weekend. DUH!

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On Friday we walked to the Baltimore Convention Center to pick up her race packet and check out all the vendors at the expo. We had the best time checking out the booths before running a few errands to prep for the race. We ended the night eating stuffed shells (carb loading…but what was my excuse?) and watching Halloween Wars. haha! We had started watching it before Chris got home from work and got sucked in. You guys- these people are seriously talented. Google it!

Saturday we got up before the sun and Ubered down to the start line which was near Camden Yards. The energy was electric and we were ready to follow Mary around to show our support and capture some photos along the way! 

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Since most of the city was barricaded and blocked off for the marathon we made the decision to ditch cars for the day and get our exercise walking/jogging to various mile markers to cheer Mary on. The race was really all over the city and we had a good time picking places to watch! 

First up was Mile 8. We walked North into Mt.Vernon, grabbed bagels and headed to Mile 8 to wait for her. We quickly felt like jerks eating bagels while everyone ran by so we scarfed them down fast and cheered on all the runners as they passed by. I love the pics below which show Mary running and then spotting us! 

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She was smiling and loving the race so far and had made a friend to match pace with and pass the time with. We were so happy to see her doing well and enjoying herself! Off to Mile 13!

While Mary was running around Federal Hill, through Locust Point and past Under Armour we were making our way to Pratt Street to get a spot near Mile 13- the halfway ish point! 

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Again, we cheered on people we didn’t know and were in awe of their committment to running 26.2 of Baltimore’s hills, neighborhoods and busy streets! Then we spotted her!

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As she ran on to stop 14 we realized that we wouldn’t be able to Uber to stop 16 in time with all of the road closures and decided we would take a more direct route to Mile 16 so we could beat her there. This meant walking/jogging on foot from the Pratt Street Pavilion to Patterson Park. Going up Baltimore Street was enough to remind me that I was not marathon ready and I’d leave that up to Mary! We made it to Mile 16 just a few minutes before her.

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She was CRUSHING IT. We passed off a banana and headed home to walk the dog before making our way back down to the Harbor to see her cross the finish line at McKeldin Square! 

She finished in 6:00:26! Her new personal best! We are so incredibly proud of Mary for totally owning her FOURTH marathon and not giving up to the relentless hills of Baltimore.

We celebrated with Bmore Licks and a DELICIOUS dinner at Papi’s! Congrats Mary!

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  • http://kyleandjensmith.blogspot.com/ Jen

    So awesome! Running a marathon is certainly not for the faint of heart! Congrats to her!