Eric was gone most of the weekend, riding his bike across Pennsylvania. He told me he will write a post and upload some photos, so I will make sure to bug him about that.
After turning in 1 final and 1 paper on Friday, I headed down to Lincoln Financial Field to pick up my packet for the Broad Street Run. After going to a few different expos, I’ve decided that they aren’t really my thing and I would rather just pick up my packet and immediately leave.
I took the shuttle and it dropped us back off at Love Park. After a little shopping, I stopped by the King of Falafel for lunch. I’d never tried this food cart, but there was a good crowd and it was cheap, so I figured I would give it a try.
The falafel was awesome! I’m officially addicted to falafel. They even add hot sauce to your wrap.
I took lunch over to Love Park and enjoyed the nice weather.
I spent the rest of Friday, or most of it, baking cookies for the Philadelphia Vegan Bakesale. I made Mexican Wedding Cookies and Carrot Oatmeal Cookies.
On Saturday I headed down to Wooden Shoe Books to help out with the bakesale.
While we didn’t raise as much money as other cities, I think we did really well and had a great turnout! Some people were turned off that the goods were all vegan, a lot of people seemed really excited.
Eric ended up surprising me by getting back super early from his ride and I was really happy to see him. We headed home and I got to work on my pre-race meal.
I’ve noticed I have a few pre-race rituals:
1. paint my fingernails some obnoxious colors.
2. eat pizza.
3. drink beer.
I think it sums up my life pretty well too.
I went my normal route with kale and potatoes, but I added some artichokes which were awesome.
Hells to the yeah.
After a pretty restless night we were up early to head out for Broad Street. Like last year, Eric drove me to the Broad Street subway line and dropped me off. I took the subway up to North Philly and got to the start way early.
So this race…
I really don’t know what to say because I ran this race 2 minutes faster than Cherry Blossom, which was 4 weeks ago, but it was so tough on me mentally and physically. All 10 miles sucked. I started out way too fast and was running 8 minute miles. Eventually I settled into a good pace but then I started to get really hot. Last year it was 90 degrees and I have no idea how I survived because I was dying in the 70 degree weather this year. So while my finish time was good, my splits were terrible and I felt like shit when I finished. Lesson learned, don’t get too ballsy at the start.
I saw Eric twice along the course, then met up with him at the finish, and we took the subway home.
Grissom was jealous that Kitta got to wear my medal, so I let him wear it for a bit too.
And I am now taking a running break, or long run break, until marathon training starts in June!
After cleaning up a bit Eric and I headed out for brunch at A Full Plate. It’s BYOB so we brought a bottle to celebrate Eric riding from Pittsburgh to Philly, which is about 400 miles, and for me running 10 miles.
And then we ate. There was french toast, roasted potatoes and mac n cheese.
I was wiped out after lunch and napped most of the afternoon. After being so lazy it hurt, I made us get outside and be lazy at the park.
I brought proper park material, carrots, hummus, strawberries and celebrity gossip.
It was really nice to just sit outside and do nothing, and a really great end to the weekend.