Philadelphia Half Marathon Race Recap 2017

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!

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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!?

img_5096Anyway, 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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!

2017: Workout Recap Week 47

Monday, November 20th

Girls on the Run Practice 5k at the park

Honestly, this should have been a solid rest day due to running a half marathon the previous Saturday and marathon spectating/finishing the marathon with a friend.

Tuesday, November 21st

Rest Day

Wednesday, November 22nd

4 miles around the town of Wayne.

Thursday, November 22nd

3.12 miles on the CVT. Our very on family Turkey Trot! Lola did a great job!

Friday, November 23rd

Rest day due to Black Friday craziness while working at Lululemon.

Saturday, November 24th

10.5 miles with my running buddy Kate.

Sunday, November 26th

4.4 miles around the town of Wayne before church.

How were your workouts this week?

2017: Workout Recap Week 46

Race week! Bring on the Philadelphia Half Marathon!

Monday, November 13th

4 miles on the treadmill early in the morning.

Ran another 2 miles in the afternoon with my Girls on the Run girlies.

Tuesday, November 14th

4 miles early in the morning!

Wednesday, November 15th

3 miles on the indoor track while at a FCA conference

Thursday, November 16th

3 miles on the indoor track at Spooky Nook while at a FCA conference.

Friday, November 17th

Rest day

Saturday, November 18th

Philadelphia Half Marathon in 2:09:10

Ran for fun and enjoyed the crowds and the course!

Sunday, November 19th

Rest day but spectated and ran the final part of the marathon with my running bestie Cait.

2017: Workout Recap Week 45

And I began to taper for the Philadelphia Half Marathon.

Monday, November 6th

3 miles before 6:00am

1.5 miles with my Girls on the Run ladies.

Tuesday, November 7th

4 miles total: 3 solo and 1 with Lola

Wednesday, November 8th

4 chilly miles on the Chester Valley Trail. This was the first day the weather felt CHILLY!

Thursday, November 9th

2 miles with my Girls on the Run ladies then completed 4 more miles on the Schykull River Trail in Conshohocken to make 6 total.

Friday, November 10th

Rest Day

Saturday, November 11th

7 miles on the Chester Valley Trail with who I️ will now call my running bestie! Cait finished 10 and she is now ready to tackle her first full marathon next weekend!

< strong>Sunday, November12th<< st Day Do you have a race next weekend?

Donut Burger 5k Race Recap

On Saturday, the hubby and I decided to celebrate out engagement anniversary by running the Donut Burger 5k!

Due to the title and nature of the race I ran my Sarah Marie Design Studio Donut shirt.

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We arrived at the church that was hosting the 5k which was to support a church family whose daughter has an inoperable brain tumor. It was nice to be surrounded by a church family and see them love and support this family in the best way they could. It was an honor to be there that morning and to support such a good cause.

The hubby and I were getting a lot of attention with our shirts.


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The race started outside the church, runners immediately when down hill then an uphill. It was nice because the course was a combination of everything and a lot of flat places especially through a neighborhood that we ran through. There was one hill during the final mile that I had a difficult time to getting up but I just told myself I need to get up it. Then I was cruising toward the finish and the finish line was on that hill that we ran down at the start of the race. I hated how I couldn’t get my legs to go faster or else I think I would have broke 26 minutes. But I am ok with a 26 second PR from the last 5k I ran a few weeks ago. img_4694

We were all very excited about how the race went especially with all 3 of us finding out later that we placed 1st in our respective age groups. I think I am starting to love these small races for good causes.

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After the race, they gave you a Donut Burger. They gave you a hamburger patty with two glazed donuts and you could add whatever toppings you wanted: bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato. I know the Donut Burger probably sounds disgusting to most people but I have had one before at brunch and it is honestly amazing.

Now to be honest, this wasn’t the best Donut Burger I’ve had mainly because the hamburger patty wasn’t very plump and they were making so many I understand there was a demand on it. But if you want to try one go to Guppy’s in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. They have a great one! 
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It was really nice to run into one of my field hockey teammates from college, Steph. I haven’t seen her in a while so it was great to randomly run into her at a race and catch up while eating our donut burgers.

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The hubby and I both ran 5k PRs and we both got first place in our age group of 30-34 which was really exciting! The Cattons rocked it!
img_4712This is the first time in my current running career I guess you could say that I received a plaque for a race. We will have to hang these up on the wall by our medals.
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2017: Workout Recap Week 44

Monday, October 30th

4 miles on the treadmill then 1 mile with Girls on the Run 

Tuesday, October 31st

Happy Halloween! 

2 miles solo then 2 miles with the pup.

Wednesday, November 1st

4 miles solo on the trail

1 mile around the neighborhood with Lola

Thursday, November 2nd 

7 miles total for the day.

1 mile with my Girls on the Run Golden Girls


Then I headed to the Schykull River Trail for a few miles before run club began. Mainly so I could run in the daylight and not the darkness. 


Friday, November 3rd

Rest Day

Saturday, November 4th

Donut Burger 5k – ran a PR of 26:01 and got first in my age group (30-34).

Ran 7 miles at the trail to add to my long run Saturday for a total of 10 miles. 

Sunday, November 5th

Rest Day while being inspired by the New York City Marathon.