I went into Broad Street with low expectations. I had a great half marathon Spring season. I was in the midst of a recovery period for the month of April. The Broad Street 10 miler is a 40,000 person 10 mile race in the heart of Philadelphia. It runs the street of Broad Street. As a runner or even community member living in the tristate (NY, NJ or PA) you have to do this race.
The day before the race, Justin and I went to the race expo (Justin later was 15th overall). I hate driving in down town Philadelphia (or down town anywhere) so it was not enjoyable. Once I met up with Justin I had a great time.
The actual race:
I arrived with my coworkers with about an hour to spare. My watch died or broke (why is this my freaking luck…I’m working on it) so I ran it garminless.
My coworkers and I hung out, stored our bag and went into our respected corrals.
I didn’t realize that with my previous half marathon times I could have applied for a seeded bib (How cool would it be to be F100 or something). It wasn’t a big deal and I started in the “red” corral or technically corral 2 behind the elites. We were off. I had been warned that the first mile was very downhill. I tried to pull in the breaks as much as possible because I did not want a repeat of last weeks half marathon (take it out to fast and be uncomfortable). I hit the first mile in 6:36 (time on the mile marker). From what I hear I think I’m one of the only people that the first mile was there slowest. If that was a road mile course, it should be your PR.
The second mile I settled in my groove and felt a lot smoother then last week’s half marathon. I hit the mile at 6:24. Spoiler: I gave up adding and keeping track of splits from the race so those are the only two I got.
The third mile was neverending. I was pleased that my pace seemed to feel comfortable. Unlike last week, I wasn’t continuously getting slower. It was different to have so many people nearby. I really liked it. At mile 3 I knew I had a good amount in my tank and could start slowly pick woman off. (I really don’t care about beating males…sorry).
Mile 4, I saw two men in speedos. I chanted: YAY more people in runderwear as I ran by…it was fun.
Photo credit: Elliot
Mile 5, we rounded city hall (the only real turn in the race) and from that point on I knew I had some power left. So I just kept running trying to catch woman. Once I caught one I would lock my eyes onto the next one. I haven’t had a race like this in a while where I felt I could really progress and pick off people. In fact, I think it has been since last summer.
The last four miles went by relatively quickly. Mile 6 and 7 were spent focusing on getting to 8. For me nothing beats (except crossing the finish line) having two miles to go. I said in another post that on P90X they say “you can do anything for 15 minutes” and that has always stuck. Having two miles to go signifies I should have less than 15 minutes to go and I can do anything for 15 minutes
I saw my main boss as well as Amelia at mile 9 and that got me pumped up. I was ready to go. Mile 9 was the first mile I felt “antsy” without a garmin. I kept staring in front wishing the finish line would get closer. I thought we must be done (probably at 9.2 miles). At 9.5 (at least I think so) I heard Justin shout go! He already had his bag and stuff so I knew he must have done well (in reality he finished close to 15 minutes before).
The final .2, there was a cluster of four females including myself trying to out kick each other. I finished 3/4 of those females. I just could not get my turn over speed faster. I finished in 1:05.20 and 71st woman overall. (I believe 11th in my age group).
Thoughts: I felt good finishing. I am happy with how this race felt. I would love to be able to race it as a goal race one year. In the NJ half last weekend, I was about 10 seconds per mile slower but I felt about 100 times worse. I was getting slower and slower where as during this race I felt effortless. I think I could have held that pace for another 5k and ran about a 1:25.30 half marathon again. Two days later and I’m actually not as sore as I thought I would be. I am pleased and ready to start marathon training.
Questions for you:
What is the largest race you have ever run?
Have you ever run Broad Street?