Stacey Nicholson is on course for this year's Boston Marathon. At a stop-off Sunday in the Baltimore Ladies' Classic 10K, she picked up a first-place finish and inspiration for the Patriot's Day race.
"I'm glad that's over," Nicholson, 28, said in her best deadpan after she crossed the finish line at the Inner Harbor in 35 minutes, 46 seconds -- almost a minute faster than Donna Vitacco, nee McLain, 28, of York, Pa.
A nice training run for Boston?
"I guess we'll count it as that," Nicholson said.
"I wanted to run a PR [personal record]," said Nicholson, whose PR had been 35:48 in the Lady Equitable five years ago.
"I've always run this race; it's my favorite race," she said of the Ladies' Classic, formerly the Lady Equitable. "Whether you're in shape or not, you have to run this race."
But Nicholson, who has been running 70 miles a week in preparation for Boston, was in shape this year.
"She ran the second half faster, I think," said Bill Diegel, the lead cyclist for the race.
"We went 5:35 the first mile. I think the second was only six minutes," Nicholson said of the leaders, who included Vitacco, Maureen Hall and Marge Rosasco, last year's winner. Nicholson overtook Vitacco at the 2-mile mark and remained in the lead through the turnaround at Fort McHenry and into the finish across from Federal Hill.
"I wanted to see how fast I would run a 10K," Nicholson said.