This year’s Broad Street Run 10 miler crept up on me. After running the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November (my first), the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January (my best), and the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February, I was a little burnt out on running. I did not properly train, or basically train at all, for today’s race, and I was incredibly nervous about it. I’ve been doing a ton of strength and WeFit classes (boot camp type workouts), but I haven’t run much at all. I never thought about not running today, but I was just hoping I was in good enough shape to finish with a smile (hopefully within 2 hours).
My brother Shaun stayed over my apartment last night so that we could easily get up and go to the race start. From my apartment it’s only a couple block walk to the trolley station. From there we took the trolley to 15th street, transferred to the Broad Street Line, and then took that to Olney. Even though the trains were packed, we were able to get seats in the last car.
We went to the start with one of my sorority sister’s Kelly!
My brother considered running with one arm tucked in his shirt for an extra challenge, but he said he might save that for his second race.
Before we knew it, our corrals were moving closer and closer to the start and it was time to start running! I had the motto in my head one foot in front of the other, and I wasn’t going to stop to walk unless I was in “severe” exhaustion. Aka grab the ambulance. I knew my body could physically run this 10 miler because it is flat/down hill and a very easy course. I was just hoping it wasn’t too hard mentally.
My brother and I stuck together which was really nice. He could have totally left me in the dust, but it was nice to run with him for his first race. We didn’t talk much, mainly listening to our own iPods and giving high fives as each miler marker we passed. We slowed down a bit at each water/Gatorade station which was the perfect pick me up between slowing down a bit and getting a little hydration then we were back at it putting one foot in front of the other.
At mile 5 I saw some Dunkin Donuts coffee cups run by…
And then Shaun and I hit city hall and were excited to see our cheerleaders on the other side!
They were at the same spot as the were for last year’s Broad Street Run which was a perfect area between miles 6 and 7. We took a minute to say hi, grab some water/Gatorade, and then we were back on the road. Less than 4 miles left until the finish!
We finished with an unofficial Garmin time of about 1 hour and 57 minutes, and I was definitely pleased with that. For not training, I felt good, had a great time running with my brother, and finished with a smile on my face. Our cheer squad met us by the finish line where we took some post-medal pictures and had a little stretch before getting on the shuttle that took us back to the car.
Note: there were 3 cameras going at once, so we probably were not looking at the right one at all.
Parking this year was a little bit of a situation. My parents parked in center city, near where they were cheering, then went to a stadium parking lot and took a shuttle to the end after we passed by. All that didn’t seem to be a problem, but the bus ride back to the parking lots was very slow. Then once we got to the car, we were in grid-lock traffic that was a combination of race traffic and 76ers traffic since there was a playoff game early this afternoon. After what seemed like forever, we finally fought through the traffic and went to lunch at Chickie’s and Petes. Crabby Fries and a cheesesteak!?!? Yes please!
After lunch I headed back to the apartment and had a glorious nap. I slept like a rock and woke up very refreshed. Post-race naps are the best thing in the world! Please I urge you all to run a race…just for the nap! Tonight, I am anticipating a low-key Sunday evening while icing my left knee because it’s a little creaky and sore after today’s 10 miler.
A big thanks to my parents and Joe for cheering for me, and to my brother for being a great racing buddy even though he could have easily left me in the dust!! Another race in the books!
Who else ran Broad Street Today!?!? How did it go!