Archive for April, 2011
When and Where: Sunday, May 1st, 8:30 am – a 10 mile point-to-point course beginning at Central High School, running past varied neighborhoods and ending inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard. It is the most popular 10 mile race with 30,000 registrants planning to run 10 miles along Broad Street.
Why did I chose to spend several months training for this run? I don’t have a dramatic back story fueling my run nor a before and after tale to tell. I am a typical urbanite who decided to take up running after a decade or two of careful avoidance of any sort of running. I was always active with pilates, hiking, biking or scuba diving, yet running never made my to do list. That changed in 2009 when I challenge myself to run a 5K (3.1 miles) for Alex Lemonade Stand Fund. That run and the time training for it sparked an interest and I continued to run in fits and starts over the following year. After barely crossing the finish line at the 2010 MCM 10K, I decided to run the 2011 Broad Street Run. Recognizing that to succeed and safely run this course, I was going to need the support of group training. I found a postcard advertisement for Team Philly when I stopped by Philadelphia Runner and signed up as soon as the training became available.
Team Philly rocked my running world.
The difference good coaching, expert nutrition advice and supportive teammates makes in improving your running ability is fabulous. I no longer frame my running ability in what I can’t run, instead I speak of how I am going to reach my next running goal. Through this journey, I’ve discovered the path to a healthy lifestyle is not created via a magic pill or berry but through a series of small incremental changes in diet and exercise. This complete paradigm shift in perception simply amazes me and has a positive effect on other areas of my life. I like the sense of empowerment that comes from being able to do the things I thought I could not do and sharing this experience with others in my life.
With this support and knowledge, I look forward to the 2011 Broad Street Run and to the races yet to come.
One week from today, myself along with my Team Philly teammates will embark on the 10 mile 2011 Broad Street Run. It seems a lifetime ago, actually February, when I dusted off the running shoes and started training for this race. My first training run was on cold, dark and rainy Valentine’s day. Prior to that, I hadn’t run with any consistency since mid December. Well, to be honest, mostly not at all.
Feb 28th Team Philly Kickoff introduced the training coaches, physical therapists, nutritionist, and social media coordinator who worked with us to gain knowledge and physical ability to successfully run this historic 10 mile race. I also found on that day that a quick two-mile run in the city completely winded me – I could not keep up a simple conversation. This past Saturday during our last long run, I focused on improving my pace while chatting away in complete sentences.
What a difference good coaching, expert nutrition advice and supportive teammates makes in improving your running ability. I no longer frame my running ability in what I can’t run, instead I speak of how I am going to reach my next running goal. This complete paradigm shift in perception simply amazes me.
To get a taste of this upcoming race, I found a great blog post from the 2010 Broad Street Run. Hadas Kuznits documented her Broad Street run with photos AND video. What an impressive feat while running 10 miles!
All Flickr will allow is to click on the link below and enjoy the pretty 🙂
Finally, the seedlings arrived! Last fall I ordered these babies for shipment in April. I can’t wait to see what develops, I’m hoping for lots of pink, organic tomatoes. I’m all about color in the garden this year, as hinted at by the many photos of colorful tulips now blooming in the garden.
The seedlings arrived in a molded plastic container and seemed a tad bit wilted from their travels.
A bit of water and a sunny spot on the windowsill has perked them up considerably.
Speaking of tomatoes, I came across a small choice of heirloom tomatoes at a local Acme market. I’m guessing it is a Costoluto, although no name was given and they sold for $1.99/pound. Genuardi’s also sells heirloom tomatoes for $6.99/pound. In this single example, you can easily see how growing your own can help save a bit on the food bill.
In case you are wondering, heirloom tomatoes absolutely taste better than the average red tomato on sale in markets across the nation.
April has been a great month in the garden. I’ve planted out the garlic, onions and a row of Nantes Carrots in the raised bed. The Persimmon Tomato is finally sprouting! Yeah! Did you know that Thomas Jefferson first cultivated this tomato? The Polish Linguisa is off to a good start and looks like it will soon need transplanting into a larger container. I’m still waiting for Cook’s to deliver my pink tomato seedlings.