Broad Street 2013

As I mentioned last week, I really didn’t know how I should run this years Broad Street 10 mile race. I have been running, but not really training (aka speedwork).

We went to a bike swap on Saturday and I was talking to my friend Blake (who is a seasoned runner and ultra marathoner) and he suggested just running as fast as possible until I blew up. After some thoughts and more talking, I thought taking this approach would be interesting, and why not?

Sunday morning, Eric drove me to the Spring Garden stop, and I caught the subway up to the start. I saw friends on the subway and then met up with my friends Olivia and Leslie at the start. We hung for a bit and then I slipped into my corral.

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I wore red socks and an awesome sticker the race promoters created.

I ran across the start line and just started running by feel. I was feeling great and was just super pumped to be running. I kept looking for Eric, but never saw him (more on that later).

The miles kept ticking by and I felt great. I got so excited when we were approaching City Hall because the run was more than halfway and I was feeling great.

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So I just kept running and running. Never feeling mentally or physically spent. And at around mile 7 I realized I could PR!! Which was just the boost I needed to keep going.

I ended up crossing the finish line in 1:21:xx, almost a full minute PR from last year. While I have been running, it’s been some sloooow miles on trails.

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Post race a bunch of friends and I met up. I kept calling and texting Eric after the race, only to find out he ran part of the race (9.5 miles!) for fun. He’s insane and never runs.

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We all headed over to FDR to hang out with Philadelphia Runner.

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And then there were horses. Because horses always randomly show up in Philly.

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After some beer and some food we decided to go to Blackbird for some more food.
Blake mentioned he was running there and I think the beers convinced me it was a good idea.

Blake and I ran to Blackbird and met Eric and scarfed down pizza, wings, and fries. After eating we discusse our options to get home and Blake and I decided to run back to Northern Liberties.

I ended the day at 16 ish miles.

Splits from the race and the miles home:

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3 Responses to Broad Street 2013

  1. jennifer says:

    Wow, I’m so impressed! You ran even more after finishing BSR and having some beers? I could barely walk to the subway after the run. Haha.

  2. Rob says:

    “(Eric) he ran part of the race (9.5 miles!) for fun.” – Crazy…

    Congrats on the PR (and it took me a while to figure out what PR meant)! Proud of you and all the running!!

  3. jesse.anne.o says:

    Woah, congrats! That rules!

    I can’t believe Eric ran 9.5 miles with no training? (Also it’s weird that I’ve never met him – or you – and I am referencing him by first name like hey, yo!) I know he bikes and stuff but man! Was he able to walk the next day?!

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