Philadelphia Half Marathon: Sub-2. Check.

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My training paid off! In mid-ish October, one of my coworkers and I came to the scary realization that the Philly half marathon was in 6 weeks. I hadn’t really been running at the time because I was taking exams and writing applications, but we both made a pact to go for our goal of sub-2. We started running during lunch and kept each other accountable for weekend long runs. I ended up doing 5 miles (a race — Penn Radnor 5 Miler), 7 miles, 10 miles, and 4.5 miles as my long runs. I consistently ran 15-20 miles a week (ok, maybe there was only one 20 mile week lol) and got the majority of my miles during lunch. We would do 3 around the Navy Yard. I definitely think consistency helped me get to my goal 🙂 🙂 🙂 plus my summer strugglebus miles must’ve whipped me into shape too.

My splits via my Garmin Forerunner 10:
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Miles 1-6: Very comfortable. I ran without music (lol) and just fed off the crowd. I made sure not to go out too quickly. Despite being slow for my assigned corral, I found myself having to push through a lot of people just to keep a steady tempo. A little after mile 6, these two obnoxious frat boys (sorry for stereotyping, but I have no other way of describing them) CROSSED THE STREET while we were running. Ok, the Philly Half/Philly Marathon has a lotttt of runners. You don’t just cross in front of the runners while the race is going on. One of the guys nearly tripped me, so I shoved him to the side towards the sidewalk as hard as I could and I kept going. Sorry I’m not sorry.

Miles 6-10: THE STRUGGLE. Hills upon hills upon hills. Thankfully I ran into my friends Anna and Allie at around 6.5. Then I saw my parents around 7.5. I tried to eat a gu chomp (black cherry) around this time, but it was disgusting, so I tossed it out and drank water instead. I felt like I was walking up those massive hills.

Miles 11-12: Don’t remember much. Continuation of the struggle.

Mile 13: REALLY faded. I was running only with my head at this point because I was so tired. I probably should’ve forced those gu chomps despite their gross taste. Will have to find a better alternative next time.

Mile 13.1: GO GO GO GO GO. I kept on looking at my watch, but I knew that I was well within the 2 hours, so I eased into the finishing chute, got my blanket and medal and then left the premises.

WOOHOO. I def struggled a lot towards the end because of the massive hills, but I did it!!! And my coworker did too! We didn’t run together, but he got 1:58:48. Haha. Training buddies woohoo.

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This was a 16 minute PR for me! I ran the Philly Half for the first time in 2012. It was my first half marathon, and it was during first semester senior year, so I was too busy to train. Looking back at my DailyMile entries (pre-garmin days wahoo), I can see why I did so much better this time. Consistency really does pay off. I’m going to take a break for a few days, but I can’t wait to be back. I might actually run through the winter this year. Maybe.

Have you reached any running goals lately? Any Turkey Trot plans?

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Penn Medicine Radnor 5 Mile and 18 days until the Philly Half!

I’m a pretty sporadic runner, but I’m on a streak right now with no plans to stop until after the Philly half marathon. I stopped running for a bit in late September/early-mid October because I got lazy. Lol.

I eventually started running with one of my coworkers during lunch though. We did 3 milers about 3 times a week for two weeks, and I ended that “training cycle” on October 26 with the Penn Medicine Radnor 5 Mile Run.

I had an incredible race experience, and I was really proud of myself for toughing it out on the course. The course was EXTREMELY hilly, but the scenic setting made up for it. I knew I wouldn’t come close to a PR because I’m — let’s be honest — a bit out of shape, but I wanted to enjoy the race, and I definitely did that. If I am still in Philly next year (unlikely), I definitely plan on doing this race again.

Because of the aforementioned too-lazy-to-run hiatus, I couldn’t find my Garmin, so I ran with my Timex watch. I caught my watch at the mile markers: 9:36, 18:12, 27:50-something, 36:50-something, anddddd 45:01. I didn’t realize that I was so close to breaking 45 at the end because my time goal was seriously 47:30. I was trying too hard at the end to out-kick a woman in front of me that I didn’t pay attention to the clock. Oh well! I didn’t let a single person pass me between miles 4-5 🙂 and I knew that I gave it everything I had, which is the best feeling you can have as a runner.

It was also my longest run since… maybe late June? I followed up with an even longer run this past weekend. See below haha.

So far this week (yes, I found my Garmin. AND it’s my favorite time of the month, so I’m surprised I’m even moving at all) —

Sunday 11/2:
7.1 miles easy
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I have not run this far since this summer. It felt great, but I was super tired the next day. I wanted to go a bit slower, but I think the cold weather forced me to do sub-10 minute miles.

Monday 11/3:
Rest

Tuesday 11/4:
2 miles at 10:00 pace during lunch
Track workout after work: 1 x 800 (3:24), 2 x 400 (1:36, 1:38), 4 x 200 (42, 44, 43, 39), 800 cool-down

A nice old lady asked me for directions while I was on the track, and she asked me if I go to high school there. Present tense. It was so adorable.

Wednesday 11/5:
5 miles easy during work — look at how flat this place is!!
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The 5 miler today felt really good. We could talk for the most part. I don’t think I would’ve been able to discuss Heiddeger or anything (not that I can really do it while not running), but it was very comfortable. The flat terrain must’ve helped too. Having running buddies has helped me so so so much, and I really hope it’ll take me to a sub-2:00 half marathon in 18 days!!!

Do you have any exciting races coming up?