We are in the homestretch of my historical race recaps!!! I’ve already covered marathons I ran in my first seven states, plus my most recent state, West Virginia. Just three more recaps to cover: Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon (Race 11, State 8), Ocean Drive Marathon (Race 12, State 9), and the Philadelphia Marathon (Race 13, Repeat of State 6). First: the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon, which I ran in 2013…
Size: 12,000 runners across events, including a half marathon.
Weather and What I Wore: It was great running weather–clear skies, not windy, comfortable temperature. I wore too-short shorts (which came back to haunt me, and necessitated handfuls of Vaseline as a I neared the end of the race), a short sleeved tech tee, and a hat. I started with a long sleeved tee on top but ended up with it tied around my waist for most of the run.
Size: About 700 full marathoners, joined by a small contingent of relayers.
Time of Year and Weather: November. Both times I ran, the weather was great for running, although a bit cold at the start. Luckily there is no waiting around necessary before the start. Towards the end of the race, running in the sun along the water, I wanted to shed all of my layers. But then once I finished, I wanted them all back.
After a marathon, it is totally understandable that your body needs a break. And you might find yourself really hungry and supersluggish for days after your race. That’s fine. Sleep in. Eat what your body is asking for.
But sometimes we go beyond that, and for days and even weeks after a race.
At some point, we need to say,
“OK body, time to look ahead, not behind.”
So how do we get back to “normal” after months of training (and eating accordingly), then carb loading, then running 26.2 miles, and then trying to recover from it all?
Time of Year: October, which is a very lovely time of year in the mid-Atlantic. I recall having great weather.
Logistics: Getting to Baltimore is very easy via air (flying into BWI) or Amtrak if you do not live within driving distance. Packet pickup was in the city–very easy. I stayed with a friend in the city the night before the race, but there are tons of hotel options. The race starts and finishes as Camden Yards–again, super easy. Walk to the start! (Yesssss.) Also, Camden Yards is pretty and fun.
Swag: I cannot emphasize this enough. REQUEST A MEN’S SHIRT. The women’s cut did NOT work on me. Maybe it has been improved? Better to just stick with the guys. But otherwise, YAYLONGSLEEVEDTECHTEEMYFAVORITE.
Size: 30,000 runners across all events (full, half, 5K).
Time of Year/Weather/What I Wore: Saturday at the end of April. My weekend was quite warm, so be prepared. I was nervous about overheating but drank ample water and sports drinks, and I ate ice and put it down my sports bra. It was fine.
Race Logistics: This race is easily accessible via air, being in big city Nashville. Just fly in if needed and Uber about as necessary. Start and finish are conveniently located downtown. There are lots of hotels nearby and lots of restaurants and attractions within walking distance of the race and the hotels. It is nice that the race was on a Saturday, so runners could go out on Saturday night and relax around town on Sunday before heading out.