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.