I had been facing something of a conundrum between running a local 5K race and a favorite 5K race. In the end, I decided to go with the favorite because even though I want to support local races, the favorite was just too much of a favorite. It featured a finishing line on the outfield warning track at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Hard to say no to that.
Welp, it looks like that worked itself out. The Oriole Advocates 5K run, after being postponed a month and scheduling itself into a conflict with the Bloomin' 5K, has been canceled. First my favorite 5 miler from 2007, Zoo Zoom, bit the dust without warning in 2008 and now my favorite 5K from 2008 is toast in 2009.
Oh, well. So now I guess I'll run the Bloomin' 5K, and I am happy they're not using the same uncomfortable course from last year that started going down a steep hill, but now it's being run in an office park. It's put on by the Chamber of Commerce, see? And the course will showcase commerce, see? Sigh.
Elsewhere in the news there's an article in today's paper about the popularity of the half marathon distance and detailing the Baltimore area's first spring half marathon. As of now I'm not running the inaugural Maryland Half Marathon, mostly because I think it's going to be too hot on May 31 to run 13.1, but with my registering for the Baltimore 10 miler on June 20 I guess I don't have much reason to not run it.
Then again, I'll have already run two half marathons (National and Pittsburgh) and a 10 miler by the time the Maryland Half rolls around and I'm not sure if I want to run three halfs this year. Two halfs and two 10 milers (Cherry Blossom and Baltimore) seem pretty good to me for the spring.
Captain Decisiveness, signing off!