Mile 7-8: This section was around Lake Montebello which was totally flat. It was a much needed recovery period for my legs.
The lake was huge! That helicopter just hovered over the middle of the lake.
Miles 8-10: Somewhere in this stretch of the course we entered this adorable neighborhood that seemed to be full of hippies (don't take that the wrong way, it was awesome!). There was a tent set up with a person playing acoustic guitar, another drumming and a lot of singing. There was a sign on the tent with the name of the community/neighborhood on it and for the life of me I can't remember what it said. There were also the cutest kids handing out dixie cups with gummy bears in them.
Mile 10-Finish: I decided to abandon my run-walk intervals and just jog at a steady pace for the last 5K of the race, it worked out pretty well. A lot of the last 3 miles of the race was downhill or flat. At about mile 12 we hit the part of Eutaw Street that you can drive on. I could see Camden Yards in the distance which meant the finish was just beyond the stadium.
Not sure where this bridge was, but it was pretty cool
Camden Yards in the distance
Huge crowds outside the stadium
Cal Ripken Jr.was my favorite baseball player growing up
Running down Eutaw Street
Other Highlights: There was a tent set-up with "Good Morning Baltimore" from the musical Hairspray playing and a few women passing out gummy worms and bears. I saw at least 3 groups of random people that had set-up beer stations. One was offering shots of Natty Boh. There were countless signs with encouragement and humor. The two most memorable were, "Too legit to quit" and "Honey, now that training is over can we have sex on Friday nights?" There were so many kids out cheering and I tried to high-five as many as I could, because their faces would just light up after each high-five.
Post-Race: Upon crossing the finish you walked a short ways towards M&T Bank Stadium where you received a bottle of water and your medal. Then in the runner's only village they had post-race pictures and four tents with lots of snacks (bananas, oranges, chips and pretzels, fruit cups, protein and granola bars, gatorade, etc.). We then headed over to the Celebration Village. We basically got some free Naked Juice and our MD Double Medals and then headed back to our hotel so we could shower and check-out before 1:30. The only thing I can gripe about is that we don't have both of our medals in the professional finisher pictures because you couldn't go back into the runner's only area once you left.
One of the food tents
Post-Race picture at the Inner Harbor
Other than the tough course this was an awesome race!
That's all for now!