We got a crazy amount of rain yesterday! My office lost power for about 1.5 hours then was offline (aka servers were down) for another 2.5 hours! Lets just say 4 hours in an office, not being able to do work meant the internet on my phone got a lot of loving 🙂 . All is well now and I had a busy afternoon catching up on things.
So Sunday was the big 1-0 mile race I have been training for since mid-February. I have only run 2 small 5k’s in the past so this was a pretty big goal to work towards. I am happy to say that I stuck to a general training plan, with long runs on Saturdays and shorter runs during the week. I definitely could have benefited from strength training and yoga though; my muscles are TIGHT from the run!
The morning of the BSR (Broad Street Run) was a bit overcast, but warm. I got to the start with my sister and friend April and met up with Christine over at Philly Girl Runs. I was definitely excited and not as nervous as I thought I would be. April was running in a corral ahead of us so as soon as we got to the start she took off. My sister and I had plans to run together but she felt like running ahead a bit which was fine; Christine and I planned to stick together. I am glad we did!
When training for the run the temps ranged anywhere from 40-70 degrees, meaning sometimes I was running in long pants and long sleeves. What a treat then, to find out that on race day, the temps were going to be near 90 and it would be extremely humid out ::sarcasm:: Let’s just say that Mayor Nutter did us right by turning on the fire hydrants along the course and making sure there was plenty of water.
It was a tough run-the course was great and I definitely will do it again, but the heat made it hard. I walked through most of the water stations. I was not concerned with time for this race (although I did want to finish around 1:40:00), I just wanted to have fun and finish strong! Well I can say that although I did not meet my time goal (I finished in 1:47:58) I had fun, and accomplished my overall goal of running in Broad Street! I feel such a sense of accomplishment over this, being that I am new to running. I never would have thought I could run 10 miles, let alone in 90 degree heat! I feel very positive and excited to tackle new running goals; perhaps a 1/2 marathon in the fall?! I will leave you with a few pictures snapped by my Dad during the race. I had grand plans to take pictures and video with my phone but the heat really just forced me to concentrate on my running and nothing else :).
I hope you all have a great day; I am headed down to CBP to cheer on the Phils tonight with Meghan!