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Annapolis Working Competition Half-Marathon 2024 Race Recap • Mile By Mile

On March ninth I participated within the Annapolis Working Competition Half-Marathon. This was considerably of a final minute resolution, however I did put in a few months of coaching to arrange to run the half-marathon distance. I ran this as my first postpartum half-marathon after having my second child final July, and it was additionally my first race as a masters runner! Total I had a good time at this race and was pleased with the way it went. I’m sharing my race recap for anybody who’s contemplating operating this race sometime!

The Annapolis Running Festival Half-Marathon was my first postpartum half-marathon after having my second baby last July, and it was also my first race as a masters runner! Overall I had a great time at this race and was happy with how it went. I'm sharing my race recap for anyone who is considering running this race someday!

Annapolis Working Competition Half-Marathon 2024

This was the 2nd 12 months that the Annapolis Working Competition came about. Beforehand, there was a half-marathon known as the Annapolis Working Basic that came about within the fall. I ran this in November 2013. Final time I ran it we had nice climate, and this 12 months rain was within the forecast. I did what I may to arrange by operating within the rain within the weeks main as much as the race and packing my greatest gear to get me by means of a moist run.


Final month my mother and father moved to a brand new home which is about 25 minutes from Annapolis. Once I realized they have been fairly shut and my coaching was going effectively I got here up with a plan to remain over at their home Friday night time with the youngsters. I needed to take a 1/2 day at work to get myself organized, decide up the youngsters early from daycare, and make the drive down there. It took 90 minutes to get from their daycare to my mother and father and in complete I spent about 3.5 hours within the automotive that day. Not a great option to spend the day earlier than a race!

race bag for half-marathon

We acquired to their home by round 5 and acquired settled in and ate some pasta and pizza. Fortunately the youngsters went to mattress on time with no points and slept by means of the night time. I shared a room with Madison (8 months) and I wakened a couple of occasions most likely simply from nerves and listening to her make some noises. I acquired up for the day at 4 am to prepare for the race.

pre race running fuel

My morning routine included pumping whereas I drank some espresso and ate some oatmeal and graham crackers, getting dressed, and packing up every thing I would wish. I left the home at 5:30 (everybody was awake already….) and ate 2 pop tarts on the drive. I acquired to the race just a little earlier than 6. It took about 10 minutes to park and at 6:15 I pumped once more and ate a honey stinger waffle. It was wet, windy, and chilly so I stayed within the automotive so long as I may and used my therapeutic massage gun.

Working Garments and Gear

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I wore all Brooks garments, aside from my Balega socks and FlipBelt, for this race and all of it labored out nice!

annapolis running festival race outfit

Annapolis Working Competition Race Begin

The whole lot was very easy to navigate firstly, with parking being good and near the beginning line and loads of porta potties with quick strains. Nevertheless, the road up was very complicated. The trail to begin on was fairly slim and all of the runners couldn’t slot in the place we wanted to line up. I may see the indicators for the place every tempo ought to begin, however couldn’t get there. As soon as the gun went off there was no the place to go. By the point I began it was about 3 minutes after the gun and nobody was in any kind of order.

I spotted a couple of minutes after I crossed the beginning line that my watch didn’t begin. I’d later discover out that I began it about 2 minutes late.

Miles 1-3

For this portion of the race I used to be attempting to maintain a comparatively straightforward effort whereas making my approach by means of the opposite runners who have been going at a slower tempo than me. Since we weren’t lined up accurately everybody was operating totally different paces. I attempted to not weave however actually couldn’t keep away from it. There have been a number of occasions I nearly crashed into somebody who stopped to stroll. It was arduous to take pleasure in and even discover my environment as a result of this took a lot focus.

Miles 4-10

As soon as I acquired to mile 4 I felt like I may run the tempo I needed and the course wasn’t as crowded. After all at this level we have been approaching the Naval Academy Bridge. This was a very robust portion of the run. Getting over the bridge is the largest hill on the course, plus the rain was coming down heavy at this level and wind was pushing me again. I slowed down fairly a bit getting up the bridge.

running over the naval academy bridge

As soon as I made it to the highest it felt good to run down the opposite aspect. Nevertheless, the rain and wind have been nonetheless making it arduous to run the tempo I needed. I may see up forward that there was one other hill which was discouraging. Fortunately the subsequent set of hills weren’t fairly as dangerous, and as soon as we have been previous the bridge the wind and rain died down.

Miles 5-10 are an out and again. First we run alongside a freeway and ultimately get onto the B&A path. I actually loved the paved path portion. There was simply sufficient elevation however I wouldn’t describe it as hilly. I used to be additionally good to see many different runners on the course as we have been going out and again. The turnaround was simply after mile 8, and at this level I began to really feel like I may push myself a bit for the final 5 miles.

annapolis running festival race over bridge

Miles 11-13.1

We went again over the bridge at mile 11 and the climate was a lot better this time. The rain was lighter and I didn’t discover the wind. Nevertheless, the race had actually thinned out and there have been just a few different runners round me. I used to be capable of push arduous realizing there have been simply a few miles left.

going back over the bridge

As I used to be approaching the final half mile, I may see up forward that there was a pointy flip up a small path resulting in the stadium. Many runners have been stopping to stroll as a result of it was so steep and muddy. Not what you need to see at mile 13 of a half-marathon! I mentally ready myself for it and reminded myself that I used to be nearly to the end. I rigorously pushed up the hill, attempting to not slip within the mud.

finish line photo

The final .2 mile have been throughout the car parking zone and I used to be capable of finding a remaining kick and push arduous. Having no concept how lengthy it was after the gun went off till I began, I didn’t know the way far behind the clock I used to be. I believe the clock stated round 1:54 as I crossed the end line, so I figured I used to be within the low 1:50s.

Annapolis Working Competition Finisher’s Village

My watch stated 1:48, however once more, this was unsuitable resulting from beginning it late. I actually needed to know my end time, however I spotted it was raining arduous and I used to be began to get chilly. After receiving my medal I grabbed some water and a granola bar and acquired out of the way in which. I attempted to chill down, eat and drink within the finisher’s village however I spotted I simply wanted to get in my automotive.

post half marathon

As soon as I used to be there I assumed I noticed a textual content with my end time studying 1:51 and alter. For some cause this disillusioned me, I believe as a result of I hoped/anticipating to be nearer to 1:50. I attempted to simply brush it off and concentrate on the positives. I made a decision to get a heat espresso at Starbucks at my drive again to my mother and father, however first I needed to pump once more on the drive. (It was nearly the very last thing I needed to do after ending a race within the rain!)’

car pump after race

Race Outcomes

Slightly bit later I spotted that the textual content I noticed truly had my time from the Frederick Half 2 years in the past. The identical firm had texted a few race reminder, so I had it on the prime of my texts, however the time was from 2022. My precise time was 1:50:29, which is correct the place I anticipated to be. This made me really feel just a little higher, particularly after realizing I ran this race sooner than my final half 2 years in the past.

Whereas my PR is 1:41, most of my occasions are clustered within the low 1:50s. In order that tells me I’m again to the place I used to be pre-baby. Out of my 15 half-marathons I believe that is my sixth quickest time. Additionally, this was proper round my race prediction each from Coros and VDOT. Whereas I don’t all the time belief race predictions I’ve been utilizing my coronary heart charge monitor on all my runs in 2024 so I really feel like I get higher information now.

Annapolis Working Competition Race Reflections

I’m actually glad I used to be capable of make this race occur. I acquired to verify off one in every of my 2024 intentions (to run a half-marathon) and it acquired me excited to set some extra operating targets. Whereas I believe I may have run a bit sooner, I’m additionally pleased with how this all performed out. I believe if I wasn’t boxed in early on possibly I may have gotten below 1:50, however I’ll by no means know.

I want the climate was just a little higher, however total it wasn’t horrible. It might have been good to have the ability to stick round for a bit after the race quite than instantly soar into my automotive get out of the rain. And I believe the wind solely slowed me down going over the bridge the primary time. I’m grateful it wasn’t that dangerous throughout the remainder of the race!

I additionally just like the timing of this race. There aren’t many Maryland half-marathons in early spring so this can be a good option to begin out the season. If it really works out with my schedule I’ll plan to do it once more different years.

You might also like:
Your Step-by-Step Information to Bettering within the Half-Marathon
How To Set Your self Up For a Breakthrough Half-Marathon Race
7 Issues You Want To Know Earlier than Working Your First Half-Marathon

How do you are feeling about racing within the rain?
Have you ever ever signed up for a race on the final minute?

Runners Round up

Now it’s time for the Runners’ Roundup! Hyperlink up your operating and health posts under! Be part of myself, Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mom Runner, and Runs with Pugs to submit your favourite operating suggestions, experiences, race and coaching recaps, exercises, gear, and training concepts.



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