Race Report – Run for Roses

I got sucked into the Maryland Women’s Distance Festival this year.  All across the state, there are women only 5K races (no, I wouldn’t call a 5K a distance race, but I love that it gets new runners out there).  If you do four, you get an award at the end of the season.  I like awards, so you know I’m in.

My first race of the series was the Run for Roses in Wheaton.  I don’t run a lot of races in this area, even though this is technically my local running region.  I really liked this race though.  Inexpensive and friendly.  And chip timed!

I hadn’t looked at the course beforehand, so I didn’t realize how hilly it was going to be.  Typically, I don’t mind hills, but there were some steep downhills on gravel paths, and that was more scary than fun.  I definitely walked down those hills.  But aside from that, the course was beautiful.  It was held in Wheaton Regional Park, which is amazing.  I want to go back just to stroll.  At times, I felt like I was in Epcot during the Flower and Garden festival with all of the educational signs pointing out veggie bearing plants and homes for various types of butterflies.  It was really a gorgeous course.

At the end of the race, everyone received a beautiful rose (mine still looks great days later) and a cute printed finisher’s certificate – something that will probably get recycled in my home, but an awesome memento for a first-timer.

I finished in a reasonable amount of time – right around 40 minutes.  Not my fastest by far, but not my slowest either.  I was just taking it easy (or trying to) and enjoying the run, but I struggled to keep my heartrate down.  One of the perils of running in the summer.  Just something I have to keep an eye on.

I ran this race with Jen and Betsy, and I am so excited that Betsy is back in the area.  I’m glad to have another local running friend to spend time with, and I hope she doesn’t mind that I drag her to random races all across the state!

Afterwards, we hit up the all important post-race requirement – BREAKFAST.  After all, I had another race the next day. Definitely had to refuel.

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