“Sometimes we can’t stop ourselves from falling, but we push ourselves to get up and try again.”
I wasn’t planning on running the Philadelphia Rock n Roll half marathon. However, Andrew wanted to run it because it was fast and he wanted to qualify for Olympic Trials. I am proud of him for not running. He is dealing with an injury and I am amazed at how committed he is to improving and running healthy again…unlike someone I know (twittling fingers).
So I had signed up way back. I still wanted to run, but only if it didn’t bother Andrew to be there and not run. I had a blast and it was definitely a fast course. This is the biggest half marathon I have ever done! I don’t know how many people ended up finishing, but it was somewhere around 14,000 people…YIKES!!!!!!!!! Anyhow, my time was great and I was so dehydrated I ran the second and third miles under 7 minutes. This is not a good thing for me ha ha …I was exhausted after that and wanted to die at the end of the race.
Lucky for me, I have the best race fan!!!! Andrew was at mile three, four, and the very end. I think he is the reason why my half times have been better this year. It is better when you have amazing support. I have been back in the 1:40s for my races 🙂 !!!!!
After finishing the race, we went to the Liberty Bell, which I had never seen. We saw the Liberty Bell, but I finally was able to try the infamous Philly Cheese STEAK!!!!!! It was so good. I am craving one now, but I am forced to eat tootsie rolls at work because I didn’t bring my lunch!
So what is next? I don’t really know. I am just enjoying my running. Oiselle is doing a challenge for Thanksgiving called, “Chase the Bird.” You have to do at least 15 minutes of exercise a day. It is easy so I am trying to be consistent with my running and just enjoy it! It is working too. I am logging more hours of running and I have seen some nice animals on the canal this week. I stopped and took a picture of a heron yesterday. It didn’t come out that great so I am not even sharing it.
My next race is a 5k in Seneca Falls. The race is called: “It’s a Wonder I am a regional leader for Oiselle so I am doing a bird meet up. My friend, Victoria will be there as well. Go birds. I also think I talked Jen Brady into coming from Buffalo. She is a nice bird. I met her at the Wineglass Half marathon, where she ran the marathon in 3:07! She is amazing!!!!! She has two little girls too.
The next half I am officially signed up for is “The Maine Coast Half Marathon.” It is in May. I think it will be a great race. I am tempted to do the Winter Warrior Half Marathon in January, depending on the weather. I did it last year and Liked it. It was the first year and they had nice medals and a great little course.
What races are you signed up for and what are your goals leading up to the holidays?