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Cool mornings. Sunshine daffodils and crimson azalieas. Downy goslings scurrying across my running path. That was then, this is now: the goslings are geese, and the weather has grown so hot and humid that if I'm not on the running trail by 5:30am, I know I will suffer. In fact, during my 16-mile group run on Saturday, a runner friend passed out from dehydration! [Please be careful out there, kids!] I am still in love with running.
As you may remember, I've always loved running for fun but only got into racing 3 years ago after my divorce – and not long after, I had to take almost 8 months off because of my 2 surgeries. But once I ran my first, painfully slow race, I was hooked, type A person that I am. I've been working hard to improve my running, and the work paid off for me this spring; I PRed [set a personal record] in 3 of the 4 races I ran. Here's a quick recap of my times, with some photos/race recaps below my times.
- 1st in division 45-50
- 5th woman overall
- 22:46/7:16 pace
Broad Street Run 10-Miler – PR!
- 31,798 runners!
- 1:16:06/7:36 pace
Philadelphia Bar Association 5K – rained, then poured
- 2nd in division 45-50
- 22:52/7:21 pace
ODDysey Half Marathon –hot, hot, hot! PR!
- 1:42:21/7:48 pace
- 4th in division 40-49
Cherry Blossom 5K – PR! April 14, 2013
First 5K of the season and a nice course near Philly's Japanese House, punctuated by cherry trees in full blossom. Somehow, I snagged first place in my division and was 5th woman overall – a great confidence booster! I started out way too fast, though, trying to keep up with a young'un, so it made for a particularly painful but rewarding race. [Sometimes, I have a hard time remembering that I am 48.] F-stop shot this video of me crossing the finish.
Broad Street Run 10-Miler – PR! May 4, 2013
With more than 30,000 runners, this is the largest 10-miler in the U.S. – so large we had to enter a lottery to secure a place. It took place only a few weeks after Boston Marathon tragedy, so security was tight, and runners' hearts were heavy. All runners wore a sticker in support of Boston, and many of us also opted to wear "Red Sox" as an added layer of kinship. [Mine are anklets, but if you look closely, you'll see they are red.]
|"Almost there....gasp, gasp!" I'm at 10 o'clock.|
|Crossing the finish line! Not sure if I am smiling or grimacing, probably the latter.|
Philadelphia Bar Association 5K – May 19, 2013
|I don't have any other pictures from this race but my stainless steel award matches my kitchen!|
|Sweaty Betty! I used to hate my muscular legs. But now that I'm 48, considering gravity and the alternative, I am okay with them.|
|This girl ran 13.1 in the heat in this get-up.|
On the lighter side, this guy wore a thong/mankini. I actually ran behind him for a spell, and I heard one spectator yell at him, "You must be crazy 'cuz I can see your nuts." Only in Philly. At least he was cool!
This shot was taken at around mile 11 and I was working hard but feeling okay.
Amazingly, I came in 4th in my division 40-49. [Divisions are usually 5 years, but this particular race refused to go with this convention, I suspect because of economic reasons!] I was beyond happy with my result, especially given the heat and all those hills!
|F-stop took this shot post-race. He's been there at every finish line with open arms to greet his sweaty girl! I'm very lucky he is so supportive.|
What's next? I'm nursing a minor hip injury, but once that's healed, I will probably do a few tune up races this summer and fall, including the Rock and Roll Half here in Philly. Then in November, it's...gulp!...time to run my first marathon. I'm a little excited and a little afraid. 26.2 miles is a long way to go. My plan is not to race it, but simply to run it and see how my body [and mind] handles the distance.