One of the greatest feelings in the world is crossing a finish line. It's even cooler when there are 40,000 people running alongside you in your favorite city!
Unlike most events in Philly, Broad Street Run brings the whole city together with its route. The course starts in North Philadelphia, about five miles north of City Hall, and ends at the Navy Yard in South Philly. Spectators line up all along the ten miles of Broad Street, cheering and holding signs for runners. Even people who don't know anyone running come out to enjoy the positive energy that seeps through the city. With it's popularity over the past few years, BSR switched to a competitive lottery system for entrants, so my friends and I were lucky to get picked this year!
For the first time since 2012, I ran a race with my sister and one of my best friends! I have to say, running with friends makes a HUGE difference in my attitude towards a race. I can't even remember the last time that I started a race with someone. Even though we weren’t together the whole time, starting with them gave me energy that lasted throughout the race and well into the afternoon!
(Special thanks to Liz and Jon for making yesterday so much fun)
My other source of happiness yesterday was, of course, hanging out with the Students Run Philly Style kids before and after the race. They all finished and many of the students who ran last year even beat their times! I felt like a proud mom watching each one of them sprint to the finish. They’re so inspiring! I definitely wasn’t running ten miles race at their age.
(Pre-race picture - all smiles!)
(Post-race picture with Mayor Nutter!!)
The race itself felt short after only doing marathons and triathlons for the past two years. However, around miles 5-6, I had a big revelation. Even though my feet and legs were hurting at that point, I was mentally alert and energized. If it were up to my body, I would’ve slowed down or even walked, but my mind was tough enough to handle my aching muscles. That mental focus allowed me to stay strong and keep a steady pace. I’m always preaching about mental toughness outweighing physical capability and this totally proved the point. Now I just need to do that for 26.2 miles…
(I really did enjoy every mile of this race!)
(Shoutout to this playlist that I made at 5:00 AM on Sunday)
(Finish time of 1:21:11 - a few minutes slower than previous years but definitely the most fun I’ve ever had at a race!)
In other news, I’m finally a resident of Philadelphia again! My best friend from high school and I are living out our teenage fantasy of being roommates. We moved into a beautiful house in South Philly complete with awesome deck. We even lucked out with planters set up and ready to use!
This place already feels like home. I can’t wait for everything to be set up so we can invite you all over! :) :)
I’ll leave you with some wise words for the day (and my mom’s classic rooster mug as an added bonus).
“The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.” -Yogi tea
So true! Have a great day everyone!!