On Sunday, we ran the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, a 10-mile race in Philadelphia. Since we both had different experiences with the race, we thought we’d share through a joint blog post. We hope you enjoy our race recaps, complete with in-action photographs!
Q. So, how did it go? What was your time? And how do feel it went overall?
Rose: This race went much better than I expected. I was pretty nervous going into it, considering I didn’t train as much as I usually do for half marathons. In the end, it didn’t matter. I actually enjoyed running down Broad Street and ended up with a pretty solid time for me: 1:52. I paced around an 11:15/mile. That’s similar to my usual times, so I was pretty pleased.
Jenna: This race went really well for me. I was concerned about my knee causing me pain, but I really didn’t feel it until the very end. This led to one of my best times yet. I completed it at a 9:48 pace and finished in an hour and 37 minutes. I did stop to use the bathroom last year, but I beat my previous time by over 16 minutes. Overall I feel great.
Q. At any point, did you struggle? How did you overcome it?
Rose: I started to really feel the wear and tear around mile 8. Up until that point, I’d felt no pain. I just had to tell myself: You are so close. You can do this. Those last two miles were totally and completely a mental battle, but I made it.
Jenna: I really didn’t struggle until mile 8.5. I could feel my legs getting really heavy. I made sure to stop at the next water station and swished it in my mouth to cool down. I honestly just kept telling myself “This is just mental. You feel great. Just keep pushing.” I also kept my GPS in my hand the next mile so I could see how close I was getting to the end.
Q. What was your favorite part of the race? What did you enjoy about it the most?
Rose: When it was over! No, I’m joking — though that part was nice (see below). I actually loved the energy at this race. I was constantly surrounded by people. And I loved watching how the neighborhood changed as I ran down Broad. Amazing how different it gets throughout those 10 miles. I didn’t even listen to headphones — didn’t need them, as the noise from the fans was enough. It was also a beautiful day to run.
Jenna: I like how the whole city comes out to watch the race. It’s pretty incredible that they shut down the main road through the city to make this happen. I enjoy the energy, reading the posters, and the “high fives” from random strangers.
Q. How did this race compare with others you’ve run, or past Broad Street Runs?
Rose: This race was HUGE! I couldn’t believe how many runners there were. Everyone was packed in at several times. I think they do the best they can to accommodate this. Rides on the subway were free for runners (score!), and we all got our nice, shiny medals at the end. I think they could probably organize the finish line a little better, but I’m sure it’s difficult with all the runners. I personally like the Pittsburgh Half Marathon better than Broad Street (more varied scenery) but I would probably do this again.
Jenna: This race is so huge, that I know it must be a beast to organize. I know a lot of people had complaints about logistics this year, but I think for something this large (40,000 people) they do a pretty darn good job of making it happen. It’s fully staffed with volunteers, so I appreciate everyone that gives up their Sunday to come out and contribute. That’s really how I would say it compares – its bigger than any race I’ve ever heard of, so you just have to plan ahead and be patient with everything.
Q. The big question: Will you do it again?!
Rose: This year I told M: “Remind me how much I hate training when I say I want to run another race.” Sooooo … it is hard to say if I will run this again. I likely will, if all the conditions are right. Now that I know I don’t have to train so hard, I feel a lot better. Though it would’ve been nice to get a few more miles under my belt to improve my time. So I guess my answer is: We’ll see.
Jenna: I don’t want to put it in writing here, but I know it will be hard to say “no” when that reminder email comes through! I love Broad Street and can definitely see myself doing it again. I almost feel like I’d feel left out in the future if I didn’t participate. It’s been such a big accomplishment for me personally. I’m considering a 10k in August, and the big question on my mind now is if I want to tackle a half marathon next!