Race Recap: Annapolis 9/11 Heroes 5k

by Heidi on September 11, 2013

This weekend was perfect running weather. I really should have gotten more miles in but I didn’t and I’m kicking myself now but we did get a lot done around the house and we ran our first family 5k. I was so excited to get Adam and Ethan running with me in this race – we ran the 9/11 Heroes Run in Annapolis at the Naval Academy stadium.

I chose this race as our first family 5k for two reasons – close to home and it was the day after Adam’s 2 year enlistment anniversary. Not to mention the Travis Manion Foundation is a great organization and half the funds go directly back into the community. For Annapolis they went back to the Annapolis Fire Department to fund some scholarships.

The race it self was great. They had a great presence and it was so awesome seeing all the midshipmen and other military families. I sometimes have a hard time saying we’re a military family but even though the National Guard isn’t Adam’s full time job, there’s always that chance that he could be called up to deploy and then we’ll be just as military as the Navy or Air Force families that live down the road from us.

We stayed toward the back since the first 3/4 mile or so was a bit narrow on the Naval Academy Stadium trail. There was a lot of people for a narrow space and it was definitely a bit bottle necked – even towards the back of the pack.

The course was a bit hilly as we hit mile 1 in Admiral Heights neighborhood – there was a decent chunk of shade to be had here and there through the next couple miles which helped considering it was 85 degrees outside but there were no water stations which seemed a bit short sighted on the race organizers.

We finished strong though. Adam pushed the stroller through the first half and we switched off around mile 1.5 and I pushed the rest of the way.

They did have a solid after party with some bbq sandwhiches from Mission BBQ (yum!), tons of water, bagels from Naval Bagels, and beer from Dos Equis. Thanks to my pal who was manning the booth and hooked me up with two beers. I needed those carbs.

time: 36:03
age group: 22/41
overall: 392/527

Not too shabby for pushing 50 lbs of stroller in 85 degree heat. Definitely not my fastest race but Ethan and I will be setting our own 5k PR’s separate from my solo 5ks.

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