Oh how to even begin this race. 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 workout 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 race day.
Tim and I got lost and couldn’t find the start of the race 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.
I felt awful during the warm up 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.
I chatted with Leslie before the race. After a rather humerous start to the race 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 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. (key word being tried).
Third and fourth went by pretty fast. Somewhere during these miles I mac trucked my way into 3rd female where I stayed. We did a 180 turn and headed back towards the start. 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. It was windy, rainy and along a river (the same as mile 1). Staring at the finish line for an entire mile in a 5 miler was rough. I just kept counting down the seconds to the finish.
I crossed in 31:10 and 3rd female overall. (but not before being outkicked by a male in the last .05) I cannot complain with 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.
It 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. 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.
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?
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.