After having each boy, I've set a goal. With Henry it was to run the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November of 2010 and with Thomas it was to run the Broad Street 10 miler May 6th. Well this past Sunday came quickly and I accomplished my goal - 10 miles 3 months post baby.
The Broad Street Run is the biggest and (voted) best 10 mile race in the country. It starts in north Philly and end by the stadiums and the navy yard. This year it was crazy, 50,000 runners. The last time I did the race was in 2009 and there was only 26,500 people.
In order to get to the start, you have to take the Broad Street line subway...talk about packed! I was lucky enough to get on the first train that I saw and made it to the start with plenty of time. I then waited 45 minutes in line to use the restroom before running. I didn't meet my goal time, but 1) I think I was trying to push myself too much and 2) you pretty much walk the first 1/2 mile to start running because of the crowds. I finished the 10 miles in 1:31:and some odd seconds, averaging 8:30 min/mile. In 2009 (before having kiddos) I finished in 1:25: and some odd seconds.
With waking up at 4:30am, running 10 miles and playing with kiddos after...I was exhausted Sunday night. I'm so glad I did the race and I'm looking to do the Rock n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in September.
|Before getting on the subway|
|Showing my enthusiasm|
|The race down Broad Street|
|With my boys|
|Loving mommy's medal|