I guess I should love November even more now that I’ve reached 2 milestones in my marathon career. #10 NYCM and #20 completed in Philly!
Amount of prize money won: $0.00
Amount of money spent on 20 marathons: You don’t want to know! Haha.
I had a blast and I felt great leading up to Philly. I wasn’t nervous like I was at NYCM, but I was excited to be running in a new city.
After meeting up with Boston and Philly BOMF’ers for a quick circle and photograph, I headed to baggage and bathroom lines 25 min before the start of the race. I never made it to the bathroom pre-race because the lines were so long and there were not enough portopotties! I ended up running to a portopotty in the first mile to empty my bladder. There was no way I was running 26.2 miles with a full bladder!!
I am still shocked that I didn’t cramp during the marathon and I’m walking semi-normally and not like a zombie!! Besides the Boston Marathon with Dean, this was only the 2nd time I’ve never been plagued by leg cramps! It’s a miracle! There might be some truth tp Vic’s thought on running 3 marathons a month to prevent leg cramps…..
I ran strong for about 20 miles and I got tired. It happens, right? The one moment where I thought I might be in trouble was at mile 19 (I think) when I looked at my watch and I thought to myself “one more hour to go….”. Note to self: stop looking at your watch!!! I quickly changed my mindset to “keep it up for a half hour, then it’s only another half hour to go!”. You’re probably thinking that’s not any better, but it worked for me!
I got my second wind in the last two miles and for the first time, I was able to really sprint to the finish line. It was awesome!!
Back at the hotel, I took an ice bath, packed, and got ready to sightsee! We ended up taking the elevator with 3 Kenyan runners!! One came in 3rd place!! He asked me what place I came in and I told me “2nd!”. Haha. They were awesome and they looked like they could run another 26.2 miles!
A Philly cheesesteak from the famous Jim’s on South Street and a visit to the Liberty Bell capped off the marathon day!
A few things that I felt while running Philly compared to NYC (because I compare everything to NYCM! Haha)
1. Even though there were only 25,000 runners (15,000 marathoners and 10,000 1/2 marathoners), I felt that it was more crowded than NYC.
2. The first 13 miles went by much slower in Philly compared to NYC. I did run 2-3 minutes slower, but time just didn’t seem to pass that quickly. Not sure if people understand or have felt this before! It was probably because I didn’t really know where I was going. I studied the course map before the race, but it’s different when you’re actually running the race!
3. I didn’t think to bring a water bottle with me for the first few miles like I do in NYC or Boston and so I suffered through the first few water stations. There was no warning that the water station was coming up so by the time I realized there were fluids, I had missed the Gatorade table! Doh! Should’ve been paying more attention!
4. Loved the cheering zones! Especially at mile 20 when they were blasting dance music and when I needed a boost. Just wish the music followed me to the finish!
5. There was a headwind on the way out on the “out and back” portion of the race so I expected a tailwind when I turned around. Nope, the wind reversed direction so we had headwind to the finish line! Awesome….
6. This marathon is logistically very easy. I loved that most of the marathoners walked in the dark to the start together.
7. Baggage was arranged by first letter of your last name. I was in the last truck at the very end of the row for drop off, but I was the 1st!! truck for pick up after the race. It was awesome!
I just realized that I lost my camera somewhere in the Philly airport or on the Septa train so I don’t have my race pictures to post!! waaaah!!! =(