Race #12/13 — Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Half Marathon

Another rough one!

Have you ever had a BAD run? One you finished and thought “I probably should have bailed on it and stayed in bed this morning?”

A few months back I went insane and thought “well, if I’m doing 4 half marathons this year, I might as well do 5.” This is stupid logic. Don’t listen to that voice in your head. Or, AT LEAST give yourself some more time between the half marathons …like…one every other month or something. I completed the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge on 8/31 and 9/1 (you’ll remember I wasn’t feeling well afterward — that lasted about 2-3 weeks), then rolled into the Hershey Half Marathon on 10/20 (7 weeks later, 6 weeks after returning from Disneyland), and then the Philly Half on 11/17 (a mere 4 weeks after Hershey). Also — If you’re going to do this, and I cannot say this enough, TRAIN.

Anyways…to the actual race.

 

The Wake up was MUCH colder than I expected so I was cold…didn’t have enough layers … but not freezing. I just kept trying to move around. I drank to much before the start and too close to the start. My wave started a little after 730a (7a start time for the race and I was in the last wave). I had to stop at the first bathroom to pee (around mile one). I was feeling tight and couldn’t get my stride right from the start (before the start actually). The bathroom stop actually helped and I was feeling a little better. I nailed mile 2– but maybe a little too fast (about 2.5 mins faster than my previous time). I kept it up until we hit south street (around mile 6) and saw my cousin!! She lives near there and came out to cheer myself and our other cousin (in a different wave) on! Seriously though..South Street smelled AMAZING! The restaurants had started cooking and there was this awesome barbeque-ish smell just wafting in the air.

Mile 7ish takes up on a 100 ft elevation incline for about a mile. Brutal. Someone at the start told me this was rough and I think I ended up psyching myself out too much. I took the incline slow. Really slow… And then lost it all.

The last 2.5 miles were the WORST. My hip hurt and made me incredibly tight so my knees started throbbing. I actually considered pulling out of the race around 11.75-12. The worst part was by the time we got here most of the spectators (which I imagine were few during this stretch anyway) had moved on so there was no crowd to push you along with their cheering. I literally limped my way to the finish line.

All-in-all I ended up with a time that was my third best overall. I was mad though… At the halfway I was on par to PR by more than 20 mins. Oh well, maybe next time!

Here’s my before and after!

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DH was supposed to come down with me, but puppers ended up with a scratch and ulcer on his cornea and needed eye drops. My mom said she thought she could take care of it, but DH felt better staying home to do it himself. He was supposed to clean too …

My best friend stepped in and came down with me at the last minute. She took some pics of the race in general which turned out really nice!

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See ya real soon!

~H

 

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7/13 Done!!

I finished my 7th event for my 13 in 13 challenge.

 

This was the Philly Color Run!

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Somehow this race got lost in my calendar. I kept forgetting about it and was focusing so much on races 9 & 10 at Disneyland. Race #8 also kept creeping its way overtop #7 as that is a two-parter “Run For Your Lives” 5k and we’ll be doing a Zombie shift in the afternoon.

 

Anyway…color run (see it just isn’t popping out in my mind).

Early last week I realized I hadn’t booked a hotel room yet and DH wouldn’t be able to come down with me because of our puppy. I sent an email to friends and family to see if anyone wanted to join for a last minute trip to the City of Brotherly Love. No real takers,  but my mom happened to be going to a work conference on Sunday in King of Prussia, PA so she offered to come down a day early and hang out. I ended up booking a room at the same hotel as her conference and when we arrived we set it up so that she could just stay in that room rather than transferring.

On Sat 7/13 we woke up and took our puppy to the vet to learn how to properly clean his ears. His left ear had been a bit dirty looking and we were concerned about an infection. Turns out he had a yeast infection so we got meds for that, got meds for the belly rash he has had on and off for awhile now, and also were advised to start feeding him a bit more as he seemed a little on the skinny side.

 

We jetted home and my parents met us at our house. We switched all the bags (my mom overpacked for her conference) to my car and mom and I were on our way.

We drove straight to the IKEA Conshohocken where we grabbed lunch right away before doing some shopping. I was planning to head to REI also, but wasn’t in the mood so we just went to the hotel where we checked in and dropped off our bags. Next was Sports Authority in KOP for packet pick-up and then onto my favorite — King of Prussia Mall.

We did quite a bit of shopping (hit 10,000 steps on my new fitbit for the first time!) and then had dinner at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery before heading back to the hotel to rest up. By shopping I mean walking around and looking. I ended up not buying anything on Saturday except for a few odds and ends at IKEA.

I had set the alarm for 430am for Sunday to be sure I had time to get to the race by 630 before the road closures begin. As usual before an event, I barely slept. We arrived at the Mann Music Center/Please touch museum right around 6a. Mom and I walked around and explored a bit before the race start. I kept trying to get through to Disney to make my Advance Dining Reservations for January (Sunday was my 180 mark for our trip’s arrival! That means today is 181 days until our marathon – eek!).

Finally people started lining up around 645. I got in the starting shoot early and worked my way up front to be in the second wave of runners.

We were let out shortly after 7a and right into a yellow color splash! This is where I realized you should definitely bring a bandana and sunglasses to the race. It wasn’t so hard to hold you breath to run through, but there is no way you can close your eyes!

There was a big lull of nothingness for awhile before we hit the remaining colors (apparently there is an aboretum or something nearby that they had to avoid having color near). The second color was pink/red and I got hit with a squirt bottle on my right arm. B/c of the color and my sweat I couldn’t tell if I was bleeding for if it was paint (turns out it was paint, but I have a nice bruise). Finally it was blue then orange back-to-back before crossing the finish line. My mom was right at the finish line and caught a photo of me waving. Unfortunately, she’s at the conference until tomorrow or Wed so I don’t have access to it.

She told me there was a stand giving out Popsicles so we headed there next. That was so good. Seriously, they should hand these out at every race. And, for long races, every few miles along the course.

 

I ended up not having a ton of color on me at the end. Other runners must have stopped and asked to be hit dead on. I ran through the color stations slowly and you can see how that worked out. I was a bit surprised b/c I felt like i was COVERED.

 

We sat down on a bench and I booked my ADRs. The poor cast member must have thought I was insane… Then headed back to the hotel so I could shower.

 

Overall, I enjoyed it. I think I would enjoy it more if I had friends or family members running with me, but it was still nice to see what its like!

 

Update (since its been awhile…):

I failed miserably at the Runner’s World Streaking Challenge. I just keep putting it off and procrastinating. Last week I gave it a go and started doing some running on my injured foot. I ended up feeling better in a basic insert rather than the one from the podiatrist. My foot has been a little tender (more stiff I guess), but I’ve been working on stretching and rolling it with the gaiam spikey ball I bought a few weeks back.

DH and I are really feeling the pudge lately and trying to decide how to fix it. We both want to get in shape, but having hit our tipping point with life changes. Our age (28 and 29) are catching up to us and our metabolism isn’t as strong as they used to be. So…yeah. Running will help. Eating better will help. Sleeping better will help. But, you have to actually do those things. ::sigh::

 

See you in a few weeks when we are transformed into ZOMBIES!

~H