This past weekend I ran my first race! I’ve wanted to run the Broad Street Run, a 10 miler in Philadelphia for years and this year my sister Kate and I finally did it! The Broad Street run is the largest 10 mile race in the country with close to 40,000 runners.
I trained for a couple months using Hal Higdon’s training plan as a loose guideline. 2-3 shorter runs during the week that I worked on speed training and a long run on the weekend to work on my distance with interval training thrown in 1-2 days. I felt as prepared as I could be. Our goal was to finish the race in 1:30 without stopping and stay to together.
On Sunday, Kate and I got up bright and early, got dressed and walked to the subway to make our way to the race. It was really exciting to see the volunteers set up and runners from all over the city make their way to the race as well. When we arrived at the race we found the green corral and waited for the race to start.
Finally after an hour or so of waiting we were off. It was really exciting running with that many people down Broad street and being cheered on by spectators. An incredible energy for sure!
Mile 1: 9:10
Mile 1 went by in a flash but I felt shin splints coming on in my right leg which was unexpected. I’ve never had shin splints before so I figured the feeling would quickly disappear.
Mile 2: 8:49
The shin splints kicked in full force in my right leg and it became pretty darn painful but I pushed through as we weaved through the crowds.
Mile 3: 8:45
Still in pain and still pushing through, I was beginning to get discouraged that the pain may last the whole race.
Mile 4: 8:53
I was getting use to the shin splint but still uncomfortable. My sister was doing great and I definitely was trying to keep up with her so I continued to push through the pain.
Mile 5: 8:40
At long last the shin splints ended! I was so happy and the endorphins definitely kicked in. I was finally able to really enjoy the scenery and spectators. When I saw the Temple University cheerleaders and band it actually lifted my spirits and I was feeling great!
Mile 6: 8:41
We had passed city hall and I actually saw my cousin Ellen in the crowd cheering for us! I was so excited to see her! It totally pumped me up and kept me going.
A little further down I saw my family and actually had to get their attention so they could see us as we passed. It was nice to have fans cheering just for my sister and I.
Mile 7: 8:23
Seeing everyone really rejuvenated me and Kate’s endorphins definitely started to kick in as she dictated the speed and we were really moving. I was feeling really good at this point.
Mile 8: 8:32
Kate kept the pace nice and fast and we were movin. I was really excited that we were only 2 miles away but to be honest I started to get really tired at this point. I knew I could keep going but I was wishing I had a little more energy then I did.
Mile 9: 8:40
I was definitely tired at this point and ready to see the finish line. I knew I just had to push a little further and Kate truly was a rock star and really made me keep up with her. All I could think about was crossing that finish line and I wanted to cross the line next to her.
Mile 10: 8:20
We went as fast as we could weaving through people to get to the finish line. I just kept looking for the finish line, all I wanted was to see it. My legs began to feel a little like jelly but I knew we were so close. Once it was in sight, Kate helped push me to the end. I was ecstatic and so proud that we finished!
Unfortunately, the pictures of me actually running the race are not up yet but once they are I will definitely add them to this post!
We met our goal! We finished in 1:28:39!! Even better than the 1:30 goal we had set, so I’m totally going to say we PRed even though it was our first race. The feeling of accomplishment after finishing the race and collecting your medal is addicting. I was so proud of us for finishing and in such good time.
Finish: 1:28:39 — Pace: 8:52 per mile
Place Overall: 10568 / 41638
Place in Gender: 4026 / 23360
Overdiv: 1183 / 6186
I’m hooked. I’ve never seen myself as a runner or someone that would enjoy running races but I really love it. I want to run another race and soon! Up next? A half marathon I hope!
And as a reward to all of you for reading the whole story and putting up with my lack of posting I’m going to share the recipe to the funfetti bars I made last month!
Who doesn’t like funfetti? That’s right, no one. The cake batter taste mixed with colorful sprinkles can’t be beat.
These bars are chewy, sweet and delicious. It’s all the things you love about funfetti cake but in a denser blondie like bar. And believe me, making these is simple, much easier than running 10 miles.
~ Adapted from CookinCowgirl
1 box funfetti cake mix
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sprinkles for topping
In a bowl, mix cake mix and baking powder and set aside. In another bowl add eggs, oil and vanilla and mix. Add the egg mixture to the cake mix until combined.
Grease a baking dish and add batter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until baked all the way through.
They are a part in your mouth!