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?

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One thought on “Penn Medicine Radnor 5 Mile and 18 days until the Philly Half!

  1. Yayyy awesome job on your 5 miler (any not letting anyone pass you for the last mile! Always a good feeling 🙂 )
    I’ve been asked a couple times when I got to the track by myself if I’m a high schooler as well. I find it flattering when I’m running, but I think I’d be offended otherwise haha.
    Good luck at the Philly half! I know quite a few people doing the full, so I’ll be thinking of everyone on race day! I have a half marathon myself coming up, but I’m not racing it, just doing it for fun 🙂

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