Yesterday was the 10 mile Broad Street Run in Philadelphia and let me tell you…it was a wet one! I’m generally not the biggest fan of running in the rain, and this time was no exception. When I woke up on Sunday morning, I discovered the 60-70% chance of rain had increased to 100% overnight, but let me back up…
I’ve mentioned before that this is my fifth time running this race and it’s generally a (sunny) family affair with a couple of my cousins and my aunt. This year we convinced my sister Bethany to get in on the action…and she picked quite the year to start!
AJ and I made our way down to Philly on Saturday morning. We spent the day at the hotel where AJ watched the final rounds of the NFL Football Draft and I watched Netflix. It was pretty nice to have a day away just relaxing, even if I did start to get bored after a little while!
That evening Bethany and her husband Jesse arrived and the four of us headed out to dinner at Amis Trattoria near Center City. We started off with eggplant caponata and ricotta bruschettas and meatballs before digging into our pasta dinners. (Gotta carb up!)
Jesse and I ordered the rigatoni with beef bolognese and spinach and AJ and Bethany both opted for the cacio e pepe.
Deliciousness all around, and of course we had to get some tiramisu to round out the night before ubering back to our hotel.
We stayed at the Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard, located right behind the race finish line, and let me tell you, that convenience was worth every penny spent! AJ and I have stayed at this hotel a few times now when we’ve come down to Philly and always have a great experience. It’s located right near the sports stadiums and an easy drive or subway to Center City.
Sunday morning began with a 5:30am wake up, and while I felt prepared for the race, I definitely didn’t jump right out of the comfy bed. Checking the weather didn’t help my motivation either. It rained from the moment we stepped out of the hotel, and it didn’t look like we were going to catch a break!
To be honest, I didn’t mind it so much once I was off and running, but the waiting around for the hour or so at the starting line in the downpours was the opposite of fun. Unfortunately our group photo didn’t turn out, so I don’t have that to share, but this is everyone huddled around as we wait for the race to begin.
Given the mass of people, phone reception was understandably spotty, but in previous years, my Pandora radio would kick right in and I’d be jamming to the Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout Radio for the whole 10 miles. Not this year. Mile after mile I was met with silence! 😦
I know some people never listen to tunes while running, but it’s something I rely on. Fortunately I was able to push through and by the end, I wasn’t thinking about it too much. (It still would have been a nice to have though!)
We found AJ and Jesse cheering us on along the way, near mile 9, and it’s always a nice energy boost right before the end!
Speaking of the end, finishing the race was pretty rough. I was fine running-wise, but literally as soon as I crossed the finish line, the crowd of runners came to a stand-still while we slowwwly funneled out through the mud and the heavy downpours to grab our medals and snack bags.
Thankfully our hotel was nearby and I booked it back there to warm up. I regrouped with Beth, Jesse, and AJ in the lobby (where the boys had hot chocolate waiting for us!) before heading back to our hotel room for the best and hottest shower ever. That was the highlight of my day!
Following our showers, the four of us made our way to Moriarty’s Pub where we promptly ordered all of the food.
Time flew by and AJ and I had to sprint to our bus, which we made just in the nick of time, and before I knew it I was back on the couch eating leftover chicken wings from lunch and watching more Netflix (still binge watching The Office!).
I started feeling a little sniffly so I’m taking lots of vitamins and drinking lots of tea so I can ward off any looming germs.
Hope your Sunday was a little drier than mine 🙂