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Sunday, November 20th
22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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
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.
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.
- 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!
I DID IT!
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 🙂
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.