Funny how fast 2006 seems to be flying along. Seems like just last week I was heading to Philly for that 10 mile race on one street. Well yesterday I did another race in Philly but this time a 1/2 marathon and yet another goal race. I knocked my PR to smitherines back in March and was looking to do some damage once again.
The Speedy Beagles +1 (SL's sister is an honorary member) were all in attendance for this race as well as half of my favorite club team...and evidently the other half was at the XC race in Van Cortlandt:-p It definitely was hot 'n humid once again...so much for thinking now that we're heading to October it would be nice and cool. I started in corral 3 which allowed for a decent start. However, there still was the problem of runners being in the wrong corral as I still managed to be passing runners probably going above 9 minute pace!
The first 5 miles was along city streets and through Center City. My dad stuck with me for the first couple miles but then I was running on my own...or so I thought. The race, since it was part of the Rock 'n Roll series, had bands along the course. Of course, since it was Eagles football Sunday, there was a band playing the Eagles fight song. I definitely did my participation [even though it didn't help with the final result later in the day]. The first four miles told me right away it was not a sub 1:40 day as I was holding a 7:48-7:50 pace overall. Rather than mess with the rhythm, I adjusted and decided to maintain this pace. This would still give me a substantial PR.
The miles started to click off...and things were going well. At mile 5 we were along the Kelly Drive...which is an 8.4 loop around the Schuylkill River. It was quite quiet and serene rounding the river drive. I did see a guy in a pink tutu and then there was the 5' girl that was stomping her feet like she was a 6'5" 250lb guy! LOL! After mile 8, I started to hit a bit of a low and this is when I got the pick me up that I needed! It was then that I hear "Hey Speedy Beagle!". It was Sempre Libera. It turns out she had been right behind me the entire race:-p I feel so used:) Anyway, mile 9 had the hilly portion and was my slowest mile by far. Pretty cool that my slowest mile was my half marathon pace for Brooklyn. Pretty much the remainder of the race SL was right on my tail and I just ran my race [made for some cool photos of spot the Speedy Beagles!]. I had thought the second part of Kelly Drive was sunny so I warned SL about it...but it turns out it actually was pretty shady. So I suppose it was a good wrong!
At mile 10, I saw a familar uniform of my favorite club team about 20 feet ahead. I got that eye of the tiger going and went for the kill. Oh and the kill was made:-D Not 2 or 3 minutes later, I saw yet another member of that club! And yes she went down:-) As I exited Kelly Drive, I knew the finish was near. I could smell blood. I knew 1:42 was in the cards so now it was time to finish this chapter. I motored down the Parkway, as is evidence by the photo, and heard my mom shout my name at some point and crossed the finish at 1:42:31 with arms above my head. Sempre Libera was right there with me as she crossed just 5 seconds later...pretty darn cool and I'd say she's ready for her first marathon encounter in a few weeks.
The pacemaster strikes back!
Splits 'r Us and another PR!
7:56 7:40 7:54 7:45 7:50 7:51 7:48 7:53 8:01 7:48 7:49 7:44 7:42 [.1]:41
[5k] 24:22 (7:51 pace)
[10k] 48:38 (7:50)
[10M] 1:18:31 (7:51)
FINAL: 1:42:31 [7:49 pace]
91/1198 25-29 division
Final thoughts? They had Amino Vital as a sponsor which stunk! There was no gatorade to be had. Philly appears to be my friend as two years ago this is where I set my 1/2 marathon PR which stood until the marathon last year. Sub 1:40 will have to wait until Houston. Up next: Fifth Avenue Mile...and the question is...will this be the year my high school mile record goes down?