BOMF 5 Miler (31:10)

Back on My Feet 5 Miler Race Recap (31:10)

The Back on My Feet 5 Miler or BOMF 5 Miler is a big race in Philadelphia. Not only that, but the proceeds from the race, BOMF 5 Miler, go to support their services and build a stronger and happier community. The Philadelphia chapter of Back on My Feet is committed to building and improving the self-sufficiency for those experiencing homelessness. Now, the Back on My Feet 5 Miler partners with the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Back on Mt feet is truly an incredible resource and provides services to improve so many people’s lives.

Oh how to even begin the Back on My Feet 5 Miler.  It started out a few days ago when I found out race registration closed early online..IE: I had to pay more race day.  I knew this was not going to a PRing race nor did I really intend for it to be.  What I wanted was a solid speed workoutat the Back on My Feet 5 Miler that would tune me up for my upcoming half marathon.  Despite wind, rain and not feeling the greatest, I had a good race.

On to Back on My Feet 5 Miler Race Day: 

Before the Back on My Feet 5 Miler:

My husband and I got lost and couldn’t find the start of the Back on My Feet 5 Miler in downtown Philly.  Since we live in the only forest section of NJ, cities aren’t really our thing. I thought I left my watch at home and then we found ourselves at the starting line of the CGI half marathon (a half marathon on Sunday).  Then I found my watch, it started pouring rain and we went for a warm up.

Warmup of the Back on My Feet 5 Miler: 

I felt awful during the warm up for the Back on My Feet 5 Miler and immediately noticed everything that was going to be unpleasant about this race.  IE: I felt awful, it was windy and pouring rain.  I think I whined the entire warmup.

The Back on My Feet 5 Miler: 

I chatted with Leslie before the race.  After a rather humerous start to the Back on My Feet 5 Miler, we were off.  The first mile was flat and I ran a 6:12.  I felt okay (not great but not terrible).  Since we were running parallel to the river, the wind was blowing off and on from the water.  I was 5th female overall at this point and for a smaller race I was somewhat surprised (the first two ladies were fast…maybe 5:45ish? ).  It’s always nice to have a stacked race though. I found myself in a decent crowd of people.

The second mile of the Back on My Feet 5 Miler was into the wind and up a hill.  This was not fun.  I ran a 6:30 mile.  There was some man grunting and drafting off of me.  I looked down at my watch and saw a 6:30 mile.  It was honestly a bit upsetting since I have recorded faster miles in my last two half marathons.  To see that mile split in a 5 miler bummed me out.  I tried to remind myself that we were running up a hill and it was windy.  (keyword being tried).

Third and fourth miles of the Back on My Feet 5 Miler went by pretty fast.  Somewhere during these miles I mactrucked my way into 3rd female where I stayed.  We did a 180 turn and headed back towards the start of the Back on My Feet 5 Miler.  Both miles were a bit faster (6:14) so that was a little better for my motivation.

The final mile was absolutely lovely (no) since you could see the finish line when you crossed mile 4 of the Back on My Feet 5 Miler.  It was windy, rainy and along a river (the same as mile 1).  Staring at the finish line of the Back on My Feet 5 Miler for an entire mile in a 5 miler was rough.  I just kept counting down the seconds to the finish.

I crossed the Back on My Feet 5 Miler finish in 31:10 and 3rd female overall. (but not before being outkicked by a male in the last .05) I cannot complain about that time granted the conditions.  If it was nice weather, I would assume I would be in the 30:30 range (by assume I mean really hope). I am excited to get some shorter races in this summer and see what I can do tapered and in better conditions.

Back on My Feet 5 Miler Thoughts: 

BOMF was a good race and a nice tune up for Atlantic City half next weekend.  I wasn’t expecting a PR and didn’t taper for this race.  Despite my sarcastic drenched recap, I had a great time at the Back on My Feet 5 Miler.  It was my first race in Philly!  I knew this wouldn’t be a PR, I was just hoping it would be faster then my half marathon pace.

It was also great to see so many different people.  I honestly wish that it wasn’t pouring rain so that we could have chatted for more than a second.  I guess this means I’ll have to adventure in Philadelphia again sometime soon.

A nice scenic post race photo.
A nice scenic post race photo.

So in short: It was nice to finally do a shorter race and a race in Philadelphia.  It was still fun despite being windy and rainy.

Questions for you:

Do you like running in rain?  Have you run the Back on My Feet 5 Miler? 

Do you describe yourself as a city or country person?

I honestly love where we live in NJ.  Close to bigger cities like Philadelphia but not too close that it’s hectic and gives me road rage.