WOOHOO my favorite race ever is this Sunday, and I’m so so so excited!! I plan my running season (if we can even call it that based on how sporadically I run haha) around the race, and I’m all set and ready to go 🙂 I’ve definitely put in more mileage this year than I have in the past, so I’m hoping to PR. I’ve done two long runs in the month leading up to the race — 10 mile run via the Cherry Blossom 10 miler 4 weeks ago, and an 8 miler two weeks ago — which is way more than I’ve done in the past. I’ve also put in some speed work, so hopefully that’ll kick in as well. I am a little concerned about possible burn out though because I did three races back to back leading up to the CUCB 10 miler. Guess we’ll see!
Last year, I went straight from the Broad Street Run to brunch to a Philadelphia Orchestra concert without changing or showering. One of my favorite musicians ever was performing, so I was deeefinitely not missing the concert, even if it meant being gross. I’m surprised the ushers let me into the hall dressed the way I was that day because honestly I thought I was being disrespectful. But I guess all Philadelphians know the importance of the Broad Street Run, so all was forgiven. So nice. Anyway, it was violinist HILARY HAHN. It’s only my second time seeing her perform live, but I had 3rd (or 4th) row seats this time. She performed the Korngold Violin Concerto, which I had never heard prior to the concert. I have since fallen in love with the piece. The concerto is in D major, and its opus number is Op. 35. Hmm.. Tchaik also wrote a violin concerto in D major (although to be fair, I think a lot of violin concertos are in D major — Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev 1, etc.). But guess what its opus number is? That’s right. Op. 35. It can’t just be a coincidence that both composers wrote amazing violin concertos in D major, Op. 35, right?! Lol.
Anyway, during intermission, my friends and I went to buy her CD’s, and she congratulated me on my run!!! I wanted to get a picture with her, but we ran out of time. I was like ok whatever at least I met and talked to her, so I’m happy. We went back to Verizon Hall for the rest of the concert — Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting Mahler 1. Talk about D (major) day.
As we were leaving the hall after the titanic performance (see what I did there? Haha), a woman came up to me and was like, “You wanted a picture, right? Follow me.” So she leads me over to the doors leading to the backstage area, and guess who was there?! BEST. MOMENT. EVER.
And that’s my throwback Thursday story to last year’s Broad Street Run 🙂 meeting one of the world’s greatest violinists is definitely a once in a lifetime post-race treat. She’s also so personable and hilarious (I promise I will stop with my puns). Check out her violin case twitter.
Clearly I need to work on my pacing strategy this time around. Will try to hold off until mile 5 to save my legs.
What’s your favorite post-race story?