Onto my second belated race recap of the summer/fall season- the Charles Street 12. This was the third time that my husband and I participated in the race. It is the final race of the Baltimore B3 running series. There were some changes to this race that I wasn’t particularly fond of, but we can discuss that later.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend packet pickup since I’m now living in Missouri. My husband (who is still in Maryland) grabbed the packets for us from the local Charm City Run store. He said packet pickup was a breeze, which is usually the case for the Baltimore B3 races.
I really love the B3 premiums. They’re always great quality Under Armour items. This year I got an awesome hoodie.
This was my third year participating in this race and it is generally one of my favorite Baltimore races. The organizers changed the course this year and I didn’t really pay attention to any of the emails… I thought that I was seasoned, so I just needed to park at Power Plant and take the bus to Towson… Well, that was a terrible idea. This year, the race ended at the Under Armour factory, rather than the Power Plant. I realized this once my husband and I parked at the garage closest to Power Plant. It was eerily empty and I quickly pulled up the email and realized that we were in the WRONG PART OF TOWN! Luckily, we had enough time to spare to be able to get over to Under Armour. One of the things I really don’t like about this area is the parking… There are limited spots at the new finish line.
The race itself slightly differed from the previous courses, rerouted to conclude at Under Armour rather than Power Plant in the inner harbor. The reroute didn’t make the course more difficult (in my opinion), and there are still a lot of downhill portions to the route.
I ended up doing pretty poorly at this race. My HR was really high even for the duration of the race, even when I tried to slow down to keep it down. This caused some mental issues because I wanted to keep my HR at a reasonable rate for this race.
I was not really impressed with the post-race party at the Under Armour HQs. The lines for post race food and beverages were really long, to the point that my husband and I ended up just skipping that part and going home. It just didn’t seem as well organized as the past races. Overall, it was still a pretty good race and I would recommend it.
Garmin Results: 12.06 Miles, 1:57:15, Average Pace: 9:44 Average HR: 180
Actual Results: 12.00 Miles, 1:57:11, Average Pace: 9:46