Today marked the 35th anniversary of the popular Broad Street 10 Mile Run. 40,000 ++ runners made the 10 mile trek on Broad Street finishing at the Navy Yard. Residents line both sides of Broad Street for the entire distance cheering the runners as they pass by. It is one of the most exhilarating runs I’ve encountered in my running journey and it keeps getting better every year.
That being said, I am completely disheartened by my performance in this run. My plan was to break 1:30 and I did the exact opposite by holding steady at 1 minute above my goal pace. My mind was willing, however, my legs were not. Needless to say, I’m a bit flustered and frustrated with this run. I know I can make this time…yet..arghh..today happened.
No matter how bad the run may be there is always a bright spark to be found. Close to the finish line and throughly miserable, I pulled over to the side of the road for a walk break; just then a bunch of spectators encouraged me to get moving again. Their encouragement got me past my ridiculous temper tantrum and on to the finish line. As much as I disliked my run today, I will always believe Philly has the best running spectators in the world.
I ran with my new (larger) hand held water bottle and found I did not need to stop at a water station the entire distance. The Garmin 910XT gave me no problems although I did not like the pace times it displayed. I’m falling even more in love with the Brooks Ghost running shoes.
Bad runs happen, but so do good runs. It’s best to keep all runs in perspective. My top goal is a 4:30 marathon finish time in Berlin this September. Although I was not pleased with my time today. My pace per mile revealed that I ran faster than my planned marathon pace. Yet another bright spark to this day.
Broad Street 10 Miler runability rating: 5 – when do I sign up for next year!
Anyone else run the Broad Street 10 miler today? Let me know in the comments.
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