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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6 thoughts on “Philadelphia Half Marathon: Sub-2. Check.

  1. twsobey says:

    Congrats on your PR! This fall I took 10 minutes off my PR for a half and it felt great. I’m doing a Turkey Trot 5k this week and expect it will be fast, but doubt I’ll PR. Again, congrats and good luck in your next race.

  2. Yayyy! Congrats on your shiny new PR!!
    I would’ve been so angry at those guys who crossed the street in the middle of the race too! So disrespectful and rude.
    I’ll be doing my first every Turkey Trot on Thursday – can’t wait!

    • Thank you!!!
      I’m just glad I didn’t end up flat on my face, which likely would’ve happened had I not shoved haha.
      Good luck with your very first Turkey Trot! I’m sure you’re gonna beast it. Can’t wait to hear about it (and the shiny prizes you’ll earn 🙂 🙂 🙂 ). Happy Thanksgiving!

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