The Philadelphia race weekend is one of my favorites out of the entire year. It is a weekend focused on runners and people tackling their goals. I have participated in this race weekend since November 2012. I refuse to miss it!
I headed to the expo on Friday afternoon after the school day with two of my athletes that are involved in the FCA ministry on the Main Line. They were running the half marathon on Saturday as well and had never been to a race expo before, especially one in the city so I had them tag along with me. We took the train and arrived at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. We got our bibs and I found the Sparkly Soul Inc table and said hi to my friend Dari who works for Sparkly Soul. It was great to finally meet her because I have been an Ambassador for them the past year because I am obsessed with their headbands.
The two athletes kept going to the Bark Thins tent because they are obsessed with them and they were giving out free samples. I mean why not keep going back to a tent with a food that you love so much the night before a race right!?
Anyway, we took the train home and thankfully when I walked into the hubby had one of my favorite pasta dishes ready to go! It’s a cheese tortellini, spinach, and tomato recipe that I love! I was also starving so it was perfect timing!
Once we finished dinner we headed to bed because it was going to be a crazy weekend with Brian running the marathon on Sunday so two early mornings and long days.
I got ready and we headed out to the city. I wasn’t nervous about the race, I was planning on just running for fun and not actually “racing” it because of the fact that I had gotten so burnt out from speed work over the summer I knew I wasn’t at my best.
I still started off at a 9:00 minute pace and kept it for about 5 miles and said no more. I want to have fun and not push myself today. Also, in my head I knew I was going to be running part of the marathon the next day with my friend Cait and didn’t want to kill my legs.
I was so excited that the half marathon course went back to its almost original form. They had completely changed the course last year and it barely ran through the city at all. A lot of people were disappointed so I was definitely a happy camper that we had spectators all around the course this year at almost every nook and cranny.
I crossed the finish line with a 2:09:10 on my watch! When I went to look at my official chip time online it said I finished in a 2:11:14 and I immediately thought, “Whoa that is so off and not right! Something is wrong here!”
No matter what this will always be my favorite race that I will do each and every year! Until 2018, Philly Half I’ll be back for you!