Archive for May, 2011

May Garden Update

After much work, the garden is taking shape despite a greenhouse collapse and landscaping service from hell. There is still some tweaking to do, but the heavy lifting (17 bags at 40lbs each) is done. Mother Nature is now in charge of the veggies and I’m there to assist with watering and weeding.

Progress

A veggie mess on the patio:

Ready for the Outdoors!

June 1st ~ National Running Day

2011 Broad Street Run

Any reason to celebrate is fine by me! June 1st is National Running Day. A day set aside to lace up your sneakers or trainers and get running.

According to the organizers there is much to celebrate:

National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.

Hmmm..perhaps I’ll celebrate by picking up this new gadget: Nike GPS Watch

2011 Broad Street Rerun Race Recap

2011 Broad Street ReRun Tech Tee

I’m loving the technical tee for this year’s run. The Broad Street Rerun is a 5 mile out and back course on Broad Street in Lansdale. It is a street run with several rolling hills, it is a good thing I work on hills once a week as the practice came in handy today.

Broad Street Rerun Tireless Supporter

The third annual 5 mile race to support the activities of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation representing Philadelphia, PA went off to a damp start with a brief rain shower just prior to the start of the run.

The run raises funds for the Delaware Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. The chapter assists families with a loved one diagnosed with hemophilia (Von Willebrands disease) or related bleeding disorders. This is not a disease restricted to a certain royal family but affects people from all walks of life.

Race impressions:

  • Long rolling hills; use downhills to make up time while conserving your energy on the uphills.
  • I cannot say thank you enough to the volunteers who lined the route cheering us runners.  I struggled on the last mile and half with a rather painful side stitch. It took the wind out of my sails, and it was encouragement from the volunteers that kept me running.
  • Special thanks to a fellow runner who shared good advice on managing the side stitch while continuing to run.
  • No chronotag on the bib, your place was marked using your bib’s tear off information and posted on a race result board. Talk about instant feedback on your ranking. I have to comment that this run was well-organized race from start to finish.
  • Philly soft pretzels at the finish of the run – excellent choice!

Gardenmageddon

Garden Armageddon

Oh. My. God.

It’s near the middle of May and the garden is a wreck. Not exactly what I planned and I’m working my tail off cutting the branches, bagging them for trash collection. It is going to take weeks to dispose of the bagged branches and I still have to plant the seedlings.

My head hurts…

2011 Broad Street Run Recap

I DID IT!

Broad Street Run 2011 Medal

I DID IT!!!

Quick impressions of the 2011 Broad Street Run:

  • Great course! Mostly a downward gradient with a few gentle hills.
  • The weather was pitch perfect for a run.
  • This course is best run without an iPod.
  • I wore a smile the entire course due to the wonderful supportive spectators that lined the entire course. My favorite were the church women dressed in their Sunday finest ringing bells and cheering the runners as they passed by.
  • Pure awesome moment of the race – rounding City Hall en route to South Broad Street I spied a sign hung over a balcony that read ‘Go Tania Go!’
  • Approaching the finish line at the Navy Yard, I enjoyed reading the chalk messages on the road. If you want to know content of the messages, I suggest you sign up for the 2012 Broad Street Run.
  • Running through open fire hydrants is a guilty pleasure 🙂
  • Plentiful water stations along the course which makes for a good distance run.
  • Medals were given to every finisher this year.
  • My official chip time: 1:47:57. Not too shabby for a first time run, now I have a benchmark time to improve upon next year.
  • Should you train for this run? Hell yes!   See you in 2012 🙂
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