|Spoiler Alert: We finished. :)|
THE BROAD STREET RUN WAS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THINGS IN MY LIFE.
It was my very first race, you know. I've been pretty pumped about it for a while, as you might recall. And today, the day was finally here! :)
|I found some friends! :)|
I don't have any fancy splits. Or intricate details. But I can tell you all about it if you'd like!
I had some pretty intense nervous jitters. I think I drove Paul a little crazy. I had underestimated my speed way back when we started training and I was all paranoid about starting in a different corral. WHATEVER. But this mile was just unforgettable. The feeling to finally be racing after all I've put into it? Brilliant.
I knew my friend Emma was coming up at a water station so Paul and I desperately tried to look for her. I spotted her face and literally flew up in the air and called her name so I could wave. It was wonderful. And I'm so thankful for her (and the rest of the volunteers)!
|Nick Keith, if you are reading this, yes I stole this from your Facebook. :)|
We were starting to hit Temple area here. I was SO excited to see some of my girls out there bright and early supporting! I sprinted over to Audrey to hug her and the lady behind me said "I NEED ONE OF THOSE! Where's mine??" It was cute and I was so excited. Then I saw Laura and Alice and their sign and I jumped up and down for them as well. :)
I don't remember this mile specifically, but I remember a WHOLE bunch of people cheering and me smiling my face off like a goof. And I still spilled water all over my face. I hadn't gotten the trick of water stations down yet.
My mom and dad came to cheer us on!! That was our excitement for this mile. :)
|Check the excitement. Can you see it?|
Chugging along. I wish I had more to say about this mile. But alas, I do not. I think I may have mastered the water coming up though!!!
We decided to cheers with some sports beans here. I could tell I was getting a little worn out and I knew I was ready to push the last couple of miles. So we swiftly took some beans and water and kept running!
|Hey little guys! You did me well. :)|
Halfway through this, somebody shouted "YOU ONLY HAVE A MILE TO GO!" They lied.
Running past the stadiums was really cool. :) Especially because Paul and I bought tickets to see the Phils play tomorrow night at the last minute. Sort of as a celebration. Sort of because we're addicted to
|I was too speedy, clearly. But who's that handsome guy?|
Mile Ten: THE END!!!!!
Crossing the finish line was completely unreal. I felt so great the entire race. I never doubted myself for a second. And I ALMOST cried as we approached the finish line. It was so overwhelmingly exciting. And of course Paul and I finished holding hands and screaming our heads off. Can't wait to see a picture of that. :)
FINISH TIME-1:46:00 on the nose :)
|Look at our medals, ma!|
I want to congratulate every single runner today! I know it was a HUGE race so it was a little crazy, but I absolutely loved it. I know I'm not a crazy fast runner, but I'm really proud of myself for doing this. It was a great, great day!
It also sparked some sign-up interest in me. :)
I also want to thank those who donated to Uplifting Athletes in my name. I got to $300! Could be more, but it's still three hundred smackaroons!
|"My" donation is really from my two aunts that sent me checks!|
Did you run any races this Sunday? What about Broad Street?