This was my fifth year running this race and I love it. It’s full of Philadelphia spirit and fun! Last year, it poured rain before, during, and after the race. I was freezing. Not to mention the fact that I was running on a torn meniscus and was getting surgery the following day. This was my first race of 2017, and I had worked hard to conquer Broad Street since last year I was unable to fully conquer it.
When my husband and I were volunteering at the Conshy 5k I was able to ask my future running coach, Coach Kristy some questions about my taper plan for the week. She also told me she wanted me to put out a hard effort for this race so we could use it as a gauge for SeaWheeze Half Marathon training in August. Therefore, she wanted me to take it easy so my legs could rest for the race.
Brian and I went down to the city to pick up our bibs and walk around the expo. I couldn’t believe this is my 5th year running this race. I was excited to run hard and push myself.
I was glad I was in the green corral, I have been every year so far so I am starting to feel comfortable there. But the race shirt was pretty much the same shirt from 5 years ago so that was a little upsetting. But a race shirt is a race shirt.
We woke up at 4:30am to get ready, let the pup out and feed her, and then drive down to the city. We parked at the stadiums and took the Broad Street Line up to the start. We wanted to make sure we got on the train early because it fills up quickly and wanted to make sure we got a seat for the 30 minute ride to the start so we could rest our legs. I ate my pretzel bagel from Wegmans when we got to the start. I personally feel a bagel keeps my stomach full enough to run the race strong.
I was anxious for the race to start and new I had to run hard for Coach Kristy to evaluate where my fitness is currently.
I didn’t set out with a goal time in mind honestly, I just wanted to run as hard as I could to show Kristy where I was fitness wise so we could start training for my sub-2 half marathon attempt.
My favorite corral.
The weather was perfect for the race it started off in the 50s and increased to the 60s by the end of the race with a light breeze. Therefore, I knew I could push myself a bit harder due to the prime conditions and my asthma wouldn’t be a problem in those conditions.
I started off with an 8:45 or so first mile and kept that pace till mile 7 when my legs started to give out a bit and I was honestly starting to have a difficult time breathing. But the pace was a 9:00 pace for miles 7, 8, and 9 then for mile 10 I pushed it to a 8:55 mile. I was glad I was able to finish strong under the 9s. The pace felt easy and difficult at the same time which was perfect for me. I was glad I was keeping it well because that was my goal pace for the race.
I was really surprised with how fast the miles were passing by. I didn’t feel that the race was dragging at all. I enjoyed the Philly atmosphere and the spectators cheering as well as reading all the hilarious signs.
I finished with a 1:29:31 which was 18 seconds off of my PR from 2015 being a 1:29:13. I was so excited with how I ran. I didn’t feel disappointed about missing my PR at all because to me this was my first real hard comeback race since my meniscus surgery last May.
Brian ran really well as well. He didn’t PR but enjoyed the atmosphere of the race and had fun!
I love that we can run these races together.
Those splits make me smile!
After the race, we stopped at Pizza Hut and got a large pan pizza which is one of my post race traditions. I would usually eat the whole pizza throughout the day but now I don’t mind sharing it with my husband.
I can’t stop looking at this medal without smiling. I have worked hard this training cycle and feel good with my process this year.
I highly recommend running this race if you have a Bucket List 10 Miler or want to come visit Philadelphia.