Baltimore Running Festival Weekend

Baltimore Running Festival festivities started off on Thursday with a visit to the expo to pick up my race packet and register for that evening’s .05k sponsored by 98 Rock. The .05k was set up at Power Plant Live, complete with bibs, inflatable start and finish lines and a water station half way through. Everyone who participated was super into it which added to the fun and it was a hilarious event! You can see pictures from the race on the 98 Rock’s instagram. Afterward, Burnt Sienna, a cover band based out of Philadelphia, performed and they were fantastic! They played everything from the Killers to Queen to Imagine Dragons to The Weekend.

Burnt Sienna Band

Friday night we went to Brendali for dinner and enjoyed a tasty chicken parm before laying low the rest of the night and catching up on the Mindy Project. Brendali was PACKED and we witnessed many groups turned away if they didn’t have a reservation, we lucked out and beat the rush but definitely remembering to make a res next time.

Saturday was the 5k which was a blast (probably even more fun than the .05k Thursday! :D). I walked over to the start in time to see the marathoners begin which was really cool. It was fun to run a 5k that was part of a larger festival because it certainly makes the race seem more momentous: the expo, the crowd at the start, the medals, the celebration village at the end – all things that you don’t typically see when it’s just a 5k.  The weather was perfect for running and the course was great – slightly uphill for the first half and slightly downhill for the second half – my time was 34:57 (11:15 min/mi) which may not sound impressive but is really good for me (almost 2 minutes faster than the Baltimore Women’s Classic that I ran in June). Adam met me at the finish and we walked to Starbucks for breakfast and cheered on the half marathon runners at their start. It was inspiring to see runners all over our neighborhood and everyone was friendly and full of encouragement.

5k medal post race starbucks

Saturday afternoon was spent in Virginia at a friend’s pig roast. She and her family go all out for this annual event with moon bounces and face painting for kids, a ton of food and drinks and this year they even added a coat drive for charity! It was great to catch up with friends and we had a blast watching all of the kids go crazy running around the backyard.

fall pig roast

The weekend was rounded out with a lazy Sunday – brunch with family, football and grocery shopping.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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Friday Five (Favorite Falltivities)

It’s that time of the year! Leaves are changing color, temperatures are cooler and anything and everything is flavored with pumpkin. Let’s cut to the chase and get to my favorite activities for autumn:

Celebrate my birthday! I turn 28 today and will be celebrating all weekend long. I’m a bit biased but I think late September is the BEST time of the year. We’ll be celebrating tonight with a nice dinner and celebrating more tomorrow at a winery.

fall football ravens

Watch Football. Cheering on the Terps and Gamecocks on Saturdays and the Ravens on Sundays. Setting my fantasy lineup and trash talking my opponents. Making snacks for game day like zucchini pizza bites. Tailgating. Homecoming. Wine bras and grilling in the parking lot. In our house, fall means football and football means fall.

tailgating

Visit the Maryland Renaissance Festival. I mentioned this in an earlier post, but it deserves another mention. Held in Crownsville (outside Annapolis) every weekend from now until October 25, tickets are $19 for the first couple of weekends and $24 a person after that. Take in the sights and sounds of a medieval village while enjoying a fall beer (or hot spiced mead!) and a sweet potato pie. Or a turkey leg. Or cheesecake on a stick. Plus, there’s jousting which oddly enough is the state sport of Maryland.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Eat apple cider donuts. From the Apple House in Linden, Virginia. My family used to drive out to the country every fall and stop at the Apple House for their amazingly flavorful donuts. These babies are served warm with a delightful coating of cinnamon and sugar.  Go there. Go there now.

Pick a pumpkin. Fall is not complete without a trip to a pumpkin patch and we may even have to visit Maryland’s Taylor Swift corn maze. Expect a roundup soon of all the great options in the area, but for now I leave you with these enormous pumpkins!

pumpkins

Linking up with Courtney, Mar and Cynthia for Friday Five and Heather for Friday Favorites. Check out the other fall faves out there on the interwebz!