It’s race recap time! On Friday last week I went into the city to pick up my packet (and a handy RUN215 wristband) from Philadelphia Runner in Center City. I scored with a parking spot on 17th street, quickly got my gear, then noticed a Federal Donuts location was right on my walk back to my car. I just had to grab a chocolate glazed donut for the drive back in lots of rush hour traffic. Magical.
I spent the evening pretty much relaxing on the couch after setting out my race gear. I wasn’t in the mood to cook anything for dinner, but needed to get something. Wawa to the rescue. I got one of the bowls: mashed potatoes, mac&cheese, buffalo chicken. I am disgusting. It was stupid delicious though, trust me.
Bedtime came fast and I was off to dreamland before the early wakeup at 6am. I made it into the city (downing a bagel with PB and a 5-hour Engery along the way) with ease, parked right off Spring Garden, and then walked to the start to check my gear and shiver with the other runners.
I’m in the RUN ALL DAY tank. And errrr, ignore the watermark…. yeah. Anyway. At 8AM the race was on and I was cruising around a 7:00. I had my Garmin on, but with the overpasses you run under during the race, it got super wonky at about 2 miles in and I’m just going to go by race splits. So mile 1-1.5 takes you out along West River Drive. I skipped the first water stop because I was still trying to feel my hands.
I always make weird faces…
The second mile includes a wonderful hill which felt a lot tougher this year than last year. Sore legs? I’m not sure. I crested at the top and tried to just truck it along to the upcoming downhill. That part of the race felt REALLY good. I was now pretty warm and wished I had a pocket to stash my gloves. We hit the bottom of the downhill then you do a small turnaround to head back on West River towards the finish by the Art Museum. This is about 3.1 miles in and clocks a split for you. My split time: 21:37. I ran a sub-22 5K during this race. WHAT?! I’m not sure where the hell that came from, but it was pretty much struggle bus to the end (I averaged an 8:04 on the last 1.9 miles). I was exceptionally happy to hit the finish and ended up with an overall time of 36:55! A new fricken PR! 2:32 faster than the Frostbite 5 Miler and 3:01 faster than the race last year! I ended up finishing 1 spot lower in my age group though. I guess a lot of faster people showed up.
Post race I met up with tons of RUN215ers and we ventured over to Bishop’s Collar for a few post-race beers. Before 11am. Because runners.
Victory tasted pretty sweet though. Or hoppy, I guess.
I finally made my way back home and proceeded to continue to be disgusting with a delicious Five Guys Burger followed up by Aki snuggles.
Successful Saturday (or Caturday if you will)? I’d say so. This race is a complete blast. Not only are the organizers some of the most genuine, nicest people ever, you get to support such a great organization and that gives you tons of good feels. At least it did for me. I’ve now got a new 5K goal for the Out & Back Party Run, sub 22min. Considering this race is significantly flatter, I honestly think I can do it. Up next is the Hot Chocolate 15K this Saturday, which if I can hold my pace I had in the BOMF, I may have a shot at an age group placing? We’ll have to see! :D