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September 18, 2011

Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon 2011 Race Recap

…also known as my first 20 miler this marathon training season! It feels amazing to say that I ran 20 miles this morning – I feel very hardcore.

I started off my day waking up at 5:40 am, getting ready to pound the pavement for the next 3 hours or so. After dressing and feeding myself I headed out the door at 6:30 with the goal of running 7 miles before the start of the race at 8:00am. It was lovely to go outside and feel the cool breeze – perfect race weather. It was also lovely to find that I pretty much had all of Kelly Drive to myself. On any other normal weekend day this place would be packed with runners and bikers, but today they were all down at the Art Museum for the start of the race!


After heading down Kelly Drive past Boathouse Row I eventually met up with Lauren who had similar plans as I did as it was a 20 miler day for both of us. We headed down the Schuylkill Banks and enjoyed the beautiful morning while crossing a few miles off our list for the day.


Before I knew it my 7 miles pre race were over and done with and it was time to get into my corral for the race!



I was feeling fabulous before the race – no IT pain at all – i was excited to conquer 20 miles!



My goal for the race was to end feeling so fabulous that I could get a beer from the beer garden. Not a bad goal after a 20 mile run, am I right? You got to have something to look forward too!



Before we knew it, just a little bit after 8:00 we were crossing the Start Line heading into the city.


I was excited to run a new course and running on city streets is always fun.


Lauren and I were all smiles headed out!


But the course in the city was a quick in and out and before I knew it, we were heading back towards Kelly Drive to run the loop around the river.


By this point the runners had thinned out which was nice – so there was less dodging in and out between runners.


Lauren and I were feeling fabulous and had already run a Half Marathon at this point!


This part of the race coarse is tried and true in my training log but at least I knew what to expect regarding the loop.


Eventually we made our way up to Falls Bridge where Charles was waiting for us to cheer us on!


Charles is always the best Superfan.


The second half of the loop – the last 5 miles were tough on my legs. Everything got really tight and heavy – it was very sore and uncomfortable but I had some packets of soothing gel in my camelbak that I stopped and applied and that helped ease the pain somewhat.


I think running 20 miles in any capacity is going to end in some soreness – but those last 5 were tough for me. Eventually I saw the city skyline within my reach and I knew the finish line was right around the corner so I pushed through and finished the race.


It was an awesome feeling crossing the finish line with 20 miles under my belt. It was even more awesome to learn I had a special visitor waiting for me.


Jackson came down to the Finish Line to celebrate my 20 miler.


All in all it was a really great training run. I finished my 20 miles around 3:15 which I am pretty happy with.


And I got a new pretty medal to add to my collection.


Have you ever run a Rock ‘n’ Roll race?


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