When I first signed onto the Rock ‘n Blog team, I was super bummed that I wouldn’t be able to run Rock n Roll Philly. It’s the race weekend that was closest to me (since Brooklyn was cancelled) but, since I had Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City on tap the next weekend, I thought it would be crazy to pull off both weekends in a row. However, after talking it through with some other triathlete friends, I realized that as long as I took the half marathon at a very easy pace, there should be no reason why I couldn’t do both weekends. Hurr-ay for another race-cation weekend! I was very much looking forward to a quick weekend getaway for some fun with my husband (we’ve been so busy with the new house this summer!) with a side of running, of course.
We headed down to Philly from CT Friday afternoon. The plan was to drive down, drop the car at the hotel, and run into the expo so I could grab my bib for the 10K on Saturday (because hey, if you are going to run one race, might as well add on a warm-up race to earn the challenge medal, right?!). We ended up getting a later start the the drive then we had initially planned for, got stuck in terrible traffic, and realized there was no way we would make the expo. Luckily, I read on social that Rock n Roll was holding emergency packet pickup the morning of. Phew! We got to Philly around 7:30, ditched the car in the hotel’s parking garage, and headed out to enjoy dinner and a few drinks before bed.
One of the things I was looking forward to about this weekend was a 19.3 challenge that did NOT involve 3 am wake up calls (ahem, RunDisney!) – but unfortunately, I still ended up waking up sleep deprived on Saturday am, thanks to hotel’s fire alarm going off in the middle of the night! Yikes. Between the lack of sleep and awfully humid weather out, I was not in the best of moods – plus I was a little anxious about having to get my bib the day of. Luckily, it super easy to pick up my bib that morning, and I had plenty of time to relax before the race (I even got to see the winners of the 5K come in!) before it was time to go off for my own race.
The 10K was simple enough – 3.1 miles out in Franklin Park, 3.1 miles back. As soon as the gun went off, I got that race-day adrenaline, and went out waayy too fast on the first mile for a) a race that I am supposed to be taking extra easy and b) it was in the mid 70s and humid AF out. I started to dial back the pace a bit, and enjoy, but I’m not gonna lie – by the time I hit the turnaround at the 5K point, I was #overit between the humidity and the sleep deprivation. On the way back, I spotted my friend Kim which boosted my spirits. It’s always nice to see a friend on course, and that gave me the mental edge I needed to stop whining and get the job done. 2 miles to go, 1 mile to go…then finally, finish! I ended up crossing in 1:02 and happily collected my medal before heading back to the hotel.
I initially packed my swim gear to try and get in a short swim after the race (after all, I still had a half iron to worry about after this weekend!) – but as soon as I got back to the room, I collapsed back into bed, and took a glorious 1.5 hour nap. So worth it.
We spent the rest of the day checking out the expo so I could pick up my bib for the half marathon the next day, enjoying a leisurely lunch, and exploring the city. Before I knew it, it was time for an early dinner and bed time – I had a half marathon to run, tomorrow!
Next up – Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon Recap