Posts Tagged ‘Broad Street Run’

Broad Street Run: Pre-Race

Yesterday we ran our first “big” race…and I’m proud to say that I finished!  However before we get into the actual race (coming in Wednesday’s post) let me give you a run-down of everything pre-race.

First off I am so proud to say that not only did we decide we wanted to run in the 2010 Broad Street Run, but we mapped out our training schedule and stuck to the schedule.  There were definitely times during the last couple of months where I wanted to just stay at home and skip a run, but now I am so glad that I didn’t!

The morning of the race we got up at 5:15am (that’s more than an hour before I normally get up, so that was early!) so that we could be up to the starting line on time.  And boy am I glad that we got there early.  I think it really helped make the whole experience to be there as the runners began streaming in to the warm-up area.  Arriving early also gave us the chance to scope out the runners.  Including…

-The runner in the neon green fan suit (seriously, you have to check out the link to follow appreciate what this guy was wearing)

-The runners in super hero costumes

-Runners who look like they have not bought new running clothes since I started kindergarten in the late ’80’s

And best of all it gave me the opportunity to be the first person to use a port-a-potty.  Now I don’t know if you’ve ever had the opportunity to use a port-a-potty at a race, but let me tell you…there is NOTHING pleasant about the experience.  But today I have to admit that I did feel a little better when I walked in my chosen port-a-potty and discovered the rolls of toilet paper had not even been unopened.  So while I still do not enjoy this experience, I have to admit that if you have to use one, this is the way to go!

Pre-Race

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A run without an Ipod

This weekend we were scheduled to do a 7-mile run.  We are just three short weeks away from the Broad Street Run so we are slowly working our way towards running those 10-miles.  Kim, Sara and I met up to go running and after we were at the trail and ready to run I was suddenly struck by a terrible thought…I had left my Ipod at home.  The thought of running 7-miles without an Ipod was similar to how I feel when it’s time to give blood…absolute and utter dread.  How would I possibly run that far without music?  Only listening to the sound of my breathing, the cars passing by and my feet pounding the pavement.

Well, not only did I survive but we ran 7-1/2 miles.  And even better…it was AMAZING!  I finished that run and I was struck by how much I really enjoy running.  My life is crazy busy…grad school, two jobs, volunteering, the list goes on, but when I lace up my shoes and set out on a run I get a break from it all.  Granted when I get back the emails and texts have piled up, but while I’m out there I don’t have to try and multi-task like I do the rest of my day…for that hour I get to simply run.  And it is for that reason that my run without the ipod was my best run in months.

Side note…trying to figure out if P90X would be a good investment…

Mile Marker Musings Part 2

I have discovered as we run that we think about so many different things.  Some of them are totally random, some make sense, and some are just downright bizarre.  Sharing all of our random musings seems like a good way to wrap up the week…

Me (Julie)…This week I learned that I run with my left fist open and right fist clenched.  I have no idea why but I know that the result is a sweaty, clammy right palm…and that’s annoying.

Janelle…ugh!  I wish I had new knees like Jamie Summers from the Bionic Woman.  Ok, I just dated myself because some of you have no idea what I’m talking about.  I’m just thankful that I can still run or I should say walk really fast.

Sara…It is really hot out when we run and it is just going to get hotter…bikers scare me…enjoying admiring God’s creation!…I like running in the winter because you can always add clothes but summer means just being hot.

I couldn’t agree more with Sara’s last thought…in the winter if you throw on a couple of layers and start running you’ll be warm up and be fine.  This time of year is a whole different story!  There are only so many layers you can take off and it’s just downright hot.  I may have complained some about having to bundle up in the winter to go running but that was only because we hadn’t yet trained in the summer.  Next December if I start whining, someone remind me of today’s post!

Side note…today’s run is supposed to be 7 miles.  I’m hoping it doesn’t run because the Broad Street Run (the 10-mile race we’re training for) is in just three weeks!

Coming Monday…Updated details on the Philly Food Bloggers Bake Sale…you’ll definitely want to check out some of the blogs that will be participating!