The Love Run 2014- Race Recap

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REALLY?!  Does everyone see this beautiful weather 😉  OH boy, if only we could swap today for yesterday’s Noah’s-Ark style torrential downpour!  Yesterday’s race was a mix of emotions, ups and “downes”, highs and lows…and a LOT of water 🙂  1:55+ of it.  The aftermath:

DIRTY shoes.  Good decision to not wear my new Newtons.  Review to follow. Wrinkly wet bib.

DIRTY shoes. Good decision to not wear my new Newtons. Review to follow. Wrinkly wet bib.

All in all, I am SO proud of myself for my performance during yesterday’s half marathon.  There were a few times along the course where I saw people quit- which I TOTALLY get- and mentally, I wanted to do so as well.  But I pushed on, convincing myself that I was a “badass” and coaxing myself toward the finish with a promise of both a good nap and many cuddles from my little guy.

LOVES playing with Mommy's medal

LOVES playing with Mommy’s medal

The Love Run was an inaugural race for Philadelphia and was put on by CGI Racing.  The race set up was OK.  Here are some pros and cons for both the Expo and the Race itself:

PROS:

– Nice commemorative mug as a freebie

-You get a free finish line picture

– GREAT volunteers…plentiful and pleasant

– NIce size (10,000 people)

– Great fanfare and entertainment along the course even with the rain

– Swedish fish at Aid stations?!  YES PLEASE!

– Course was well marked and different from any other half marathon course in Philly

CONS:

– VERY expensive…I think it was 90 dollars!

– SMALL expo (understandable for an inaugural race) with NO FOOD SAMPLES (always my favorite)

– SWEET medal

Zach wants you to know that it is real ;)

Zach wants you to know that it is real 😉

– LONG course…My Garmin read 13.35 miles and while I tend to overrun normally, this is really long.  The course map itself even said 13.2 miles…last time I checked the half Mary is 13.1?

-Obviously the weather, but what could they have done about it?  Not sure. I actually have never raced in weather like that so I am not sure how it is normally dealt with…

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OK, so here was my mile-by mile thought recap 😉 Always fun and entertaining 🙂

BLUE lips:

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Mile 1> It is downpouring.  I am busy “driving” my body around people and puddles.  REALLY crowded.

Mile 2>  Damn! Chinatown smells like fish!  This early on a Sunday morning?!  Gross. STILL raining.

Mile 3>  Just saw my amazing support crew!  LOVE!  Ian said there is no way it could rain the entire time…he is right.  Right?  RIGHT?!

Mile 4>  OMGTHANKGOD I bought that hat yesterday at the Expo (as water runs down the brim of my hat). I am also done dodging puddles and I will now slosh through everything to conserve energy as I have already overrun the course by .1 of a mile.

Mile 5>  I should be eating some shot bloks soon.  Getting hungry.  Wish I had eaten brekkie this am.  Was running late, tried to order an Uber, no success and ended up flagging a cab at 7:50.  I cannot believe I made it to the start (as the race took off..oops).  Hungry.  Taking three shot bloks as soon as I see a water stop.  Took them a bit too long before and was SOOOO thirsty by the time I got to the water.  I gulped down two cups.

Mile 6>  CRAP!  Finding out about that hill yesterday was NOT good.  NEVER trained for this. LEGS ARE LEAD.  I don’t think I will EVER recover from this hill and might run 10 min miles the rest of the time.  Wait, does my Garmin say 11+ minute miles?!  Hahah F this hill!  Oh, and “is this rain a joke?!”

Mile 7>  My support team again!  Just when I needed it!  Still ruminating about that insane hill.  Bad placement. RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE.  BUUUUUT…what goes up must come down, right?  I’m riding this downhill as fast as I can.

Mile 8> More than halfway done, but MAN does this weather suck.  My hip has hurt since mile 4 (?)  and I am sooo cold and wet.  It can’t really rain this entire two hours, RIGHT?!

Mile 9>  I am going to play the “eye contact game” and make eye contact with every single person who is on the other side of the turnaround.  Boy did this entertain me!  Side note: I

Mile 10> OK, so theoretically I only have a 5k left.  The longest, wettest, sore-est 5K ever.  Boy is this going to hurt tomorrow.  Tough mile.  Wait, I was going to dedicate each mile to a special person during this race! Bummer!  Cue thoughts of baby Fi and Steph (miss them like Hell) then my Erika girl…GOD I miss her.  She is SUCH a fighter and I am being a wuss about rain…Have to talk to her soon.

Mile 11>  Another REALLY tough mile.  They have Swedish fish at an aid station!  Even in the middle of this nonsense I grabbed a HUGE handful and stuffed them into my pocket.  For later.  Of course.  I ate one right away though.

Mile 12> I need to suck on a jolly rancher. I am bored, tired, cold and wet.  Where the hell is the finish? Eye contact game is getting old and I just feel plain old bad for the people on the other side.  I just want to make it to the finish. NOW.

Mile 13> Longest race mile EVER.  Just. Keep. Pushing.  You are a badass running in this crap.  The finish is near.  You’ve done this last mile so many times.  Play a Scandal scene in your head.  ANYTHING to distract. ANYTHING.

FINISH>  Did that just happen?  I laughed to myself, grabbed my medal and blanket and shivered my way to the Husband and Zach.  I promptly gave kisses and requested that we “find the car immediately. PLEASE.”

STATS (finish = 1:55:47 a few seconds off my PR) Proud that I got negative splits!

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And a final THANK YOU to my AMAZING Supafanz  xoxoxoxo

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One thought on “The Love Run 2014- Race Recap

  1. So proud of you! You accomplished such a feat that day that many cannot say they would have persevered through those conditions! Xoxox

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