Time to recap The Philly 10K!
I got bright and early Sunday morning to drive into the city. Prior to leaving, I applied some kt tape to my Achilles to help support it while I was running. I’ve never used the tape before, so I wasn’t sure if it really worked or not, but I figured it was worth a try.
Normally, I park in west Philly then take the subway down to Center City which works out amazingly well, and it’s cheaper than paying to park for several hours. I met up at 13th & Pine with a bunch of the awesome City Fit Girls Run Crew and we snapped a pre-race photo on someone’s stoop (sorry!).
We wandered to the race start area where I wished everyone good luck and made my way to what I thought was my corral. I was supposed to line up in B, but somehow found myself in C. It wasn’t a big deal, it just meant when we were sent off I was dodging and weaving a little more than I planned.
I felt pretty good at the start of the race. It was cooler than last year, but still fairly humid so I just ran with what felt good on my playlist. The first few miles flew by pretty quickly. There were a lot of awesome people all along the route cheering for the runners and they added an extra water stop this year (very smart). My goal for this race was to just run it solid with minimal pain. I’m not a very good warm weather runner, so I was not aiming for any kind of PR with this race. Whether it was the icing, the tape, a placebo, or what, I actually had significantly less pain than I had in any of my previous runs since tweaking the tendon. In fact, I pretty much had no pain once I was really warmed up. Consider me a kt tape convert! The course this year was changed to exclude the awful stretch down Spring Garden Street (thank heavens!), and much of it was shaded.
When I was coming down the final stretch I could see the finish off in the distance. I wasn’t paying attention to any tracking, so I had no idea we weren’t quite at the distance yet. I got super excited to be almost done, then realized we had to turn LEFT. So mean. We ran around Washington Square to then come back to Pine Street where I managed to finish in 52:23! A PR for the race by five seconds, but definitely not a distance PR.
I probably could have pushed it a little harder, but I heard a LOT of runners were puking at the finish, so I’m glad I did not make myself one of them. Two of my runner friends had volunteered at the finish area and I chatted briefly before heading to get water and make my way to the post-race party. I grabbed my finisher’s print of the course, then b-lined for the custard. Shake Shack partnered with Federal Donuts to make a special custard inspired by jelly donuts.
It was insanely delicious and I enjoyed every bite! I then made my way to grab a nice session IPA by Philadelaphia Brewing which was a brilliant idea because 15 minutes later the beer line got insanely long. I grabbed a free iced coffee from Saxby’s then chatted with various running friends about their race, including the lovely Janelle from Run With No Regrets!
Love my RUN215 singlet but the cut is NOT flattering for larger boobed ladies. There was a bit of a dance party with other RUN215ers and then it was off to brunch at Devil’s Den (sidenote: their breakfast bowl is AMAZING!).
All in all, a great race yet again! I had a blast as always and then spent the rest of snoozing on the couch and icing my Achilles again. I’m fairly sure I should be speeding up the recovery on that between the ice and the kt tape! Hope everyone else had a fab weekend!