The Philadelphia Love Run

Well today was my first race of the year. It was supposed to be yesterday but I overslept and missed it. It was probably for the best. 

The race expo this year was held at Citizens Bank Park. This seemed like an awesome location, plus parking is way easier. Of course I got there 45 minutes early and had to wait in the cold for the gates to open. I quickly realized that as cool as the location seemed it was kind of a pain. You had to go to three different locations to pick up your packet items. I really felt for the volunteers. The wind was really blowing and they were stuck outside. I love race expos! There’s always cool stuff to buy. They had some vendors in the Hall Of Fame Clubhouse and the rest were outside. After making my rounds to gather my stuff I went and looked at the booths. The crowds quickly got annoying so I bought a couple things and hightailed it out of there. 

   

The shirt is awesome! I’m so happy they switched to the long sleeve tech shirt. I love the mug too, it’s the same style as last year’s just a different color scheme. 

So this morning I did not oversleep, thankfully. I had my stuff all set out last night.  

 The forecast said it would be about 25 degrees. I hemmed and hawed for a bit uncertain about what to wear. I eventually decided on this stuff plus a neck warmer and arm warmers underneath the long sleeve shirt. I am so grateful I decided to wear all this. It was the perfect amount of clothing, and while I was never really warm I wasn’t freezing once the race got going.  

So this year’s course was different. I was pretty sure it was prior to today but couldn’t find last year’s course online. I started out pretty well. I managed about an 8:45 pace for the first 5 miles. Then came the first hill…I slowed a little bit. My knee wasn’t hurting, but the foot problem I have was really starting to get to me. I tried to ignore the pain but it was too much. I walked periodically for the next mile. I even stopped and tried readjusting the laces. Then picked up with the running till I came to the new part of the course. Another hill. At this point I was seriously doubting whether or not I could finish. I kept looking for people I knew for some reason I thought that I would feel better if someone I knew could just tell me to keep going.

 I started thinking about Meg, a woman who I never knew. She was hit and killed by a drunk driver while on a run training for the Boston Marathon. I thought about her children and loved ones. Those last few miles were 100% for her. I managed to power through….it was my second fastest half marathon time 2:09:39. There is no greater feeling than crossing the finish line. I’m pleased with my time considering all the nonsense I’ve dealt with this month. I know there’s always another race. I think I may have to try a new shoe for my longer runs. So I know what I’ll be doing tonight….shoe shopping! 

  

Another awesome medal to add to collection!

I’m finishing up with week two of 21 Day Fix and definitely will be doing another cycle. I love all the workouts except the yoga one. I’ll skip that one and just go to a Bikram Yoga class. Today I was the first day I’ve really been tempted to cheat on the meal plan. Especially when I saw the Tasty Cake butterscotch krimpet. I statues strong and has two hard boiled eggs instead. For dinner I had Balsamic Chicken, brown rice, steamed zucchini and green beans with red pepper and lime juice. I’m so pleased that I didn’t cave and have pizza or something. 

  

I made my steel cut oats again….I did switch it up and added maple syrup instead of agave syrup. I love how easy it is to make all my breakfasts for the week at one time. It’s one less thing I have to fuss with in the morning. 

Until next time!

Danielle 

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7 thoughts on “The Philadelphia Love Run

  1. That’s a pretty sweet tech T. It looks like something you would actually wear, which is not always what you get. Great job finding the inspiration to finish out your race. It’s tough when you’re dealing with an injury.

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