Saturday morning I ran my first race of 2015, the Phillies 5K.
I’ve run this race twice before (2012 and 2013) so while I’m not in race shape, I knew what to expect. Unlike past years when I was running by myself, this year I was joined by my mom, cousin Emily, and Emily’s friend Jackie. Emily and Jackie were planning to use run/walk intervals, and my mom was planning to walk, so I was still on my own for the actual race, but it was nice to have some company for the start and finish.
Emily had picked up our packets Friday afternoon, and we all met up Saturday morning before the race. Just like past years, it was cold Saturday morning. Fortunately we were able to hang out in my car until about 7:45 (start time was 8:00). After a quick stop at the port a potties, we said our goodbyes and lined up at our respective paces. My goal was to finish around 30 minutes, so I lined up near the 10 minute mile group. After the arrival of the noted marathoner the Phillie Phanatic, and singing the National Anthem, we were on our way!
As is usually the case, the first mile was very crowded. Which of course was made worse by walkers and walkers with strollers. Add in the Phanatic parking his ATV in the middle of the race course, and I was straight up angry running trying to pass as many people and find some clear running space. Not ideal conditions, but at least I didn’t notice the cold? And my #bustedankle held up okay, so there’s that.
In the past, the race course stuck to the area around the stadium parking lots. This year the middle part of the race was through FDR Park. Which would have been nice, if it weren’t for the giant potholes . . . I mean craters . . . in the park. Race staff did try to warn runners about the potholes, but it was seriously a mess.
Soon enough, it was out of the park and back to the stadium for the finish. It was at this point I realized that I was going to finish well under my arbitrary 30 minute time goal. Go me! And quick sprint to the finish and the first race of 2015 was officially over.
After collecting my medal and refreshments, I waited for the rest of our group to finish. Then it was off to the field for a cool down lap on the warning track. My favorite part of this race.
To round out our morning, we hit up Xfinity Live! for post race eats. It was quite crowded, but we were able to snag a table in the VIP section (fancy). That Chicken Bacon Mac and Cheese was just what I wanted after the race. Delicious way to cap off race day!
So one race for 2015 down. I’m still a ways a way from being ready to really push the pace, but I feel like I’m not as far away as I thought. And that is a good thing.
Now it’s your turn! Did you race this weekend? How did it go? Tell me about it!