I ran the Philadelphia marathon on November 20th. It was my 14th marathon. I enjoyed the race but not the weather, it was a cold and very windy day. I ran it for fun with some girlfriends. The half marathon was on Saturday, so I woke up early and watched some the race. This was cool, I enjoyed getting to be a spectator. We flew out on Friday and stayed for 3 nights. We did all of the touristy things, the rocky steps, the liberty bell, and the congress buildings. My friend used to live in Philly, so she took us down to the subway station and showed us how it works. It was not what I was expecting at all, it was actually really cool. Being from OK, we don’t see a lot of public transportation here, HA.
We even ran into Benjamin Franklin..
We ate some good food while we were there. The Marathon Grill, Magliano’s, the Reading Terminal Market, The Shake Shack, and some goodies from Carlo’s bakery.
I was so excited to finally get to try the Shake Shack and the people there were so nice. The waitress brought us free custard because we ran the marathon. 🙂 The food was amazing too!
Now onto the race… I stayed up late on Saturday night (midnight) because I was watching my Sooners kill West Virginia, totally worth it! It was hard waking up so early on Sunday. We moseyed around, ate a little, then we layered up and went outside to find the starting line. The walk was about a 1/2 mile from our hotel, the Embassy Suites. The race did not actually have a starting or finishing line, I think because of the wind. They had one the day before for the half. It was interesting crossing the finish line, I did not even realize I had crossed until I saw the medals.
The first sixish miles were great, they were through downtown and had a lot of support. The next few miles were boring but I did enjoy the out and back. I liked seeing all of the fast runners about to finish. Running through the town of Manayunk was really cool. If we had more time I would of gone back to the this town to look around. I went into this race thinking it would be completely flat, that was not the case. There were a few hills and it seemed like they were all towards the end when I was dying. Overall, I really struggled during this race. I don’t think my body is fully recovered from the Ironman. I need to get my base back and then start working on my speed again. But I was able to finish this race with the help of my Lord.
Philadelphia Marathon: 11/20/16- 4:45ish #14