Saturday, May 10, 2014

Broad Street 10 Miler RECAP, and a 2014 goal accomplished

So...almost a week later...time for the Broad Street recap!  But first I need to talk about my latest goal for 2014 that I can check off the list - volunteering at a race!

Every year the school I work at hosts a 5k race to raise awareness for domestic violence.  It's always the first weekend in May, which is also reunion weekend.  Broad Street is also always the first weekend in May, so I've never signed up to run the 5k.  This year I thought it would be a great opportunity to volunteer instead.  I was a race marshall:

Cool safety I right??  Also, I don't know why I'm posing so hard with my water was 7am...who knows.  

The race was so fun to watch - there were serious runners, but also lots of girls from the school running for fun with their friends.  A bunch of third graders were dressed as Minions from "Despicable Me."  So cute!

It was a great way to start the weekend of racing.  It was fun - I would love to volunteer again.  The only problem was it was over too fast!  Everyone ran by and then we had nothing to watch :(  Oh well.

On to Broad Street.  So this year I did not beat my time.  Last year I ran in 1:23ish, this year I was 1:26ish.  8:17 minute/mile last year and 8:39 min/mile this year.  OHH WELLLLLLLL.  I was trying not to be bummed, but I have to admit that I was a little.  But anyway, I really went into it trying to just ENJOY myself - no matter the outcome.  At Cooper River I feel like I was too much in my own head and didn't take the experience in, so I tried to this time.

But back to the beginning.  I chose to wear my Frostbite 5-Miler sweatshirt as my "throw away" garment.  I loved this race, but sorry, the sweatshirt did just not do it for me.  Fun Fact:  I saw several people who made the same choice as me, haha.  I wish I got a picture of my whole outfit, but I was in all pink during the race :)

Because Broad Street is a point-to-point race, the logistics of getting to the start can be a little tricky.  The way they want you to do it is:  drive to the finish (in South Philly), and take the subway back to the start.  The thought of doing all that before the race starts is exhausting to think about.  Luckily, we live only a few miles from the race start.  I picked up Sierra, we drive to my brother's house (4 miles from the start), and he dropped us off.   It was a breeze.  Sierra and I had planned to either take the subway back after, or use Uber.  We chose Uber. It was awesome.

We got to the start about an hour before race time.  We had time to go potty and do a little warm-up. We realized we would have loved to be able to use the bathroom one more time but didn't have time.  I hate when that happens...TMI?  We then said our goodbyes and good lucks and got in our separate corrals.

Port-o-Potty line selfies?  Why not.

Mile breakdowns - a lovely positive split race...

Mile 1 - 7:54 **My fastest, even though I hit a port-o-potty a tenth of a mile in.  #worthit.  But yes, the start of this race is very much down hill - it's unfair.
Mile 2 - 8:08
Mile 3 - 8:24
Mile 4 - 8:25
Mile 5 - 8:30  **between  miles 5 and 6 the race curves around City Hall (the only turn in the race).  The crowd at this point is AMAZING.  It gives me goosebumps
Mile 6 - 8:38
Mile 7 - 8:28
Mile 8 - 9:13  **I walked through a water station here probably more than I should this point in the race I was telling myself even though I wasn't going to beat my time from last year to just SOAK IT IN.  ENJOY THE CROWD.  
Mile 9 - 8:50  **The crowd for the last 2 miles into the Navy Yard (fun fact: where Drew and I ran the Feel the Love 5k) is also overwhelming.  I was trying to just hold a steady pace, no matter what the pace was.  I gave lots of high fives, passed a few people in super hero costumes, and tried to just keep a smile on my face.  I like to tell myself that even if I were to slow down to a 10 min/mile, it will be over in 20 minutes!!!
Mile 10 - 8:58

Sierra and I had planned to meet in the Family Meet-up Area.  The following text message conversation happened:

Anna: I can't find the family meet-up area
Sierra (exact same time): I'm in the "Lost Runners" section

Haha, we are just a bunch of lost runners.  We proceeded to talk about how we both went out too fast and were burnt out by the end.  We didn't even ask each other's times, jeez.  

Our lives:

Just kidding!

I'm so glad my main lady was there with me for this race.  Like I said, I was feeling a little bummed about my performance, but I tried to keep inside!  We just ran the most fun race around, and it was time to celebrate.  We headed from the Navy Yard to the Philadelphia Sports Complex, which is about a half-mile away.  Between all the stadiums (Flyers, Phillies, and Eagles) is a huuuuuuge bar.  I think half the runners had the same idea as us.  It was blast.  Nothing like fried food and beers at 11am on a Sunday.

Oh hey, guy. 
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Well, another Broad Street in the books.  I took this last week off from working out,  My morale for racing is a little low, but I'm sure it will be back.  I keep saying, "I'm done racing till the half marathon in September...besides all the races I have planned in the summer."  Haha - I just can't get away.

One last update: my dog Winston is still alive and kickin'.  He's a trooper.

1. What was the last race you did?

2. What's your favorite race distance?

3. What's your favorite post-race meal or activity?

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