Race Reports for 2005

In early April of 2005, as I was metroing home from a night of drinking, I started contemplating the fact that I wanted a life change. I was unhappy with my health as I was overweight, and a smoker, and I didn’t exercise. As I looked up at the a sign advertising AIDS Marathon, I knew that was the exact thing I needed to do! I signed up for the program that night and was still gung ho the next morning! My first training run was April 30. It was pouring rain and I walked a grand total of 2 miles! I was off to a roaring start!

Race for the Gulf Coast
September 17, 2005
Age 26
Results: About 55 minutes

It was about a week after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. I did the race with Vanessa, Navita, Ayeshah, and Dana. These girls were training for Marine Corp, but we were in the same pace group. I had been training with them since May! We got the bright idea to run as far as we could before we started walking. We were currently doing a 1 minute of running to 2 minutes of walking pace. I think we made it about 3 minutes before we quit running. I also had not checked the race map so I did not know the course. After 2 miles, we saw the finish line and started to run it in, only to find out that we still had another mile of a out and back loop. We were pretty sad that last mile! I think we finished in like 55 minutes.

Baltimore Running Festival
13.1 miles
October 15, 2005
Place: 1862 out of 1916 finishers (54 from the end!)

Place Div/Tot: 415/426
Age: 26
Time: 3:45:29
Pace: 17:34

I did not do a race report email but here is what I remember. I spent the night at Melissa’s. I rode the Baltimore metro into town. I tried to ride the light rail to the race start, but I ended up just walking to the AIDS Marathon tent. At the tent I saw my Aunt Wilda, who was there with her grandsons. It was calming to see her that morning! I also met up with LaJuan, Charity, and Stacy. We four were going to do the race together. We had also been training together since May.

I stayed with my girls for the whole race. I believe that we quit running around mile 7 or so. We definitely did not push ourselves, focusing instead on just enjoying the experience. Turns out that Baltimore is much hillier than we were expecting! Some of my memories of this race include:

  • Running past the downtown XXX theatres
  • Charity’s boyfriend calling my cell phone every 20 to 30 minutes to check on how long it was going to take us to finish. He needed to get back to DC to make it to work on time.
  • Stacy convincing a transvestite to give her his pink feather boa at mile 10.
  • Running up one particularly grueling hill to “Eye of the Tiger” being played over a loud speaker from someone’s front yard. They were having a great party and I definitely wanted to join them!
  • Stacy giving me the feather boa at mile 11 and then I ran the rest of the race with it!
  • Crossing the finish line and seeing Melissa and Debi and my cousin Mel with her current boyfriend.
  • Taking a picture with a giant hot air pink balloon bunny.
  • The best part was the long sleeve performance race shirt in blue!
  • The 2nd best was having a beer and cigarette after the race! I was still smoking, but at this point I was smoking nicotine free cigarettes. I would quit smoking on October 28, 2005.

SOME Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving Day 2005
Age 26
Results: About 55 minutes

I did this race with Vanessa and Annabelle Blanche. The only thing I really remember about this race was the cute guy I met during packet pickup that morning. I’m not even sure if we ran any of this race. However, I do know that I got my first long sleeve cotton race shirt, so it was totally worth it!

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