Time for another race recap! These never get old! After the marathon the thought of running Broad Street sounded awful to me. But the race was so much fun! I’ve been enjoying my less structured work out schedule recently. I had a great 6 miler last weekend, and a few good shorter runs this week. I also took my bike out!
But on to the recap. Let’s rewind…
Last year, I went to the expo at lunch during work and was in and out pretty quickly. So, around 11:30 on Friday my co worker and I headed over to the expo thinking we could be back by 1. Joke was on us! We got to the stadium and the line to get into the expo was unbelievably long. It snaked all the way around the stadium and then up 4 levels. It took us a very long time to get to the top! Finally, we made it and got our bibs and tee shirts and hustled to get back to work.
No joke, I did not move all day.
My friend Becca and I decided to run the race together, so she came over to make leaving in the morning go more smoothly.
We chatted for a while when she got to my apartment and stayed up later than we should have.
Would you believe it?! I overslept AGAIN this year! There must be something about running Broad Street and not hearing your alarm. Becca and I were supposed to meet my co worker and her roommate to go to the race together. But we told them to go on without us and we got ready pretty quickly. I wasn’t very nervous for the race, so I was ok with oversleeping and catching a subway a bit later.
I wore pants and a tank top even though it was a little chilly out when we left for the race, but I was worried about it being like the marathon where I was overdressed. I ate my usual pre-run breakfast of a flax wrap and peanut butter. Then we headed to the subway.
It was packed, but we managed to squeeze onto the first subway that stopped and it wasn’t even THAT crowded (compared to last year and the marathon). When we got to the start we went right to the porta potties. The line took forever. Luckily there was toilet paper though! I’ve learned this is pretty rare at races!
Then we headed to the corrals. I remembered last year no one cared where you started and I didn’t want to wait 40 minutes to start, so we snuck up to an earlier corral. Everyone had on a different color bib (that’s how the corrals were set up) so it was obvious there was no rhyme or reason to this. Even still, we waited about 21 minutes to cross the start!
Becca and I agreed to run together but not to worry if we separated. We also agreed NO talking. We turned out to be great race buddies. At every mile I glanced at my watch and we were shocked at how great we were doing! Around mile 4 I got a really bad cramp. I was worried I was going to have to stop. But we were coming up on a water station so I ran over to grab a cup and walked through the water station. Becca was long gone, but I was so bummed that I had lost her that I took off at lightening speed. I just checked my Garmin and I was running about 9 miles per hour! I caught up to her and fell back into a more comfortable pace. We continued to have great mile splits.
But, just before mile 7, I started to feel like I was chasing Becca. She got a burst of energy and took off as I fell back a bit. I still maintained decent mile splits, but they were a bit slower than the first 7 miles. I would have liked to finish stronger, but oh well.
My Garmin said that I ran 10.06 miles, which is close enough, but I think my last mile split should really be faster than what it says below. I was booking it at the end! Here are the splits:
My official chip time according the website was 1:38:31 (2 seconds off of my Garmin). That’s 9 minutes faster than last year!
After, I got my medal.
And then went through the finisher’s chute where they gave out water and soft pretzels and some other food. Shockingly, I wasn’t scarred for life from my incident and I ate the soft pretzel right away. Since the marathon whenever I do a longer run I have felt SO nauseous after. I had that same feeling coming on but the pretzel did the trick and I felt great after.
Then I headed back to my apartment, showered and met up with Mom and Mommom for brunch.
I know I could have pushed a bit harder at the end but I am really proud of this race. It feels strange to not have any major races on my calendar, so I need to think about what I want to do next. A break might be ok, but this race reminded me of how much I love races! I’ll be sure to write about whatever I decide.