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Philly Broad Street Run Recap

This recap is a little late coming, but its better late than never!  On May 7th, I ran the Philadelphia Blue Cross Broad Street Run.  The weather was perfect and it was such an amazing experience.  This is one race where you really can’t run for time or hope to have a personal best simply because its so overwhelmingly crowded.

This is the first time I simply ran with friends for fun with no goal other than to finish.  It was refreshingly fun!  I ran with two friends, Jenn and Mike.  We talked and laughed the whole way.

Philadelphia Broad Street Run – Enjoy Every Mile

Miles 1-4:  This was easy and exciting. You just started to get a feel for running in such a large crowd. I remember running by people sitting on their porches cheering us on.  The Einstein banner set the stage for the rest of the run stating “Enjoy every mile.”

Miles 4-7:  Around mile 4 we ran past Temple and the temple band provided a surge of inspiration as they played and we ran by.  It was such an amazing section of the race! The course really narrowed between mile 5-6 as the road narrowed and we ran around city hall. Mile 6-7 was a clean stretch and the crowds kept cheering.

Miles 7-9:  I am starting to feel this! I pulled my hamstring a few weeks earlier and had to cut back on my training. I’m definitely starting to feel it and need a push.  That’s when we hit the Lululemon cheer station!  I could have stopped to read every sign. I laughed out loud a few times.  What a great motivation just when I needed it!  My friend, Jenn, started to have some major leg pains at this point.  So, we slowed to continue running together.  Secretly, it was a welcome relief to slow down for a bit.

Mile 9-10:  We’re almost done!  The crowds were much thicker and the cheers were welcome. To anyone who has ever wondered whether its worth going out to cheer on runners… YES, it is!  You have no idea the motivation it gives you when you’re hurting and tired and just want to stop.  So, thank you to everyone that has ever come out to cheer us on!!  Once we saw that Navy Yard sign, I knew we only had a quarter mile.

Philadelphia Broad Street Run Finishers – Sheila, Mike and Jenn

FINISH:  I’m done!  The three of us finished together and it was such a fun experience running just with friends and not putting pressure on myself to hit a time goal.  I don’t remember the last time I did that – if ever! The crowds were heavy at the end and I really needed water. Also, I couldn’t find that post-race soft pretzel fast enough!  ha

This was such a fun day!  The race was followed by a beer pit stop and brunch with a great group of people.  I already can’t wait for next year’s race!  

Rock n Roll Recap… Philly Love

Last Sunday was the Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon. It was my first time running in any of Philly Rock n Roll Half Marathonthe Rock n Roll races.  Live music on the course definitely brings a different flair to a race.  While its always an accomplishment to finish a half marathon (or any race), this one was tough.  The humidity was so high making it unbearable to breathe.  This is an example of how you can’t control everything come race day and sometimes you just have to dig in and push through.

Miles 1-6:  As expected these were the easy miles. We ran through the city which is always motivating as the crowds keep you going. This is what makes me LOVE Philly so much.

Mile 7-8:  I’ve just hit the lesser populated part of the run.  I kept looking at my watch and started to notice how much I was hurting.  The humidity wouldn’t allow me to fully catch my breath.  I still have 5+ miles to go… feeling like this. Uh oh.

Mile 9:  I had the chills.  Not a good sign.  I did a mental calculation to review my hydration over the last few days.  I kept watching for the next water stop. WHERE IS IT?!

Mile 10:  Chills were in full effect.  The medical team had pallets of ice busted open.  THANK GOD!  I grabbed a handful and shoved it down my sports bra.  Held a handful to the back of my neck while running and threw some ice in my mouth.

Miles 11-12:  I started feeling nauseous and held off throwing up as long as possible.  (Yes, I may have vomited slightly in my mouth. It happens!) This time I grabbed some gatorade from the hydration station.

Mile 13 to the end:  Finally… nearing the finish!  A turtle could have passed me I was running so slow, but I made it through.

I was wobbly and cramping at the end.  At one point, I got scared because I couldn’t stop wobbling.  But, I downed a few waters and ate something immediately.  Slowly, I began to feel better and better.

Why do I do this?  There was nothing enjoyable about this race – except the end.  And, even that was disappointing because I missed my goal time by 6 minutes.

I do it for the sense of accomplishment. I do it because its a mental game to see how far I can push it. I am not an elite runner, but crossing that finish line makes me feel like an athlete.  

Yes, I’ve already signed up for next year’s Philly Rock n Roll Half Marathon.