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One Week Until the Broad Street Run/Two Weeks Until the Delaware Half Marathon...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I feel like I am ready. I kept up with my training plan, despite all of the snow, lower back pain and a bad allergy season. I wish I was 10 lbs lighter, but I am still going for it!

I now do my Christine Felstead Yoga for Runner's Video before and after a run and am visiting my chiropractor for adjustments. He thinks my back pain is due to my hamstrings (says I am quad dominant). Tomorrow I am going to visit my family Doctor to get antibiotics - I feel like a sinus infection is coming on. I don't want it to be a factor in next Sunday's race.

The Broad Street 10 miler is supposed to be a lot of fun. It is basically a straight, flat, sort of downhill run with entertainment all the way. I found out that I have to park at the stadium and take a bus to the starting line. Philadelphia makes a big event out of it, with Philadelphia Philly players and a huge expo included. It is supposed to be the largest race in the country - 40,000 runners! So, now I am trying to figure out when to leave the house Sunday morning. I am getting stressed about not making it to the starting line on time, etc.

The Delaware Half Marathon is my "big race". For those of you who have known me for a while, you may remember that I was totally prepared for this race last year, and ended up having to defer it because I had to stay in California with my sick son. So, this is the make-up! I have run on a marathon relay team for this race but never the Delaware Half Marathon. I am really excited about this one. It will be my fifth Half Marathon.

I hope you have a great week!!

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    Google says the largest race in the US is the Peachtree 10K. There were over 55000 finishers last year.

    Looking forward to hear your race reports for both Philly and DE as they're both relatively close to where I live.
    1299 days ago
    Wishing you the best! I think you will be fine.
    1302 days ago
    Good luck at both events. My next event is (hopefully) my first 10K at Kennett Square on 5/17. I had to defer on my first 10K last year due to injuries. A friend of mine has done the Broad St run and said it is fun too. Maybe next year...

    1302 days ago
    My SIL and his brother are also running this race.
    Looks to be a crowded time.
    I'll be on a plane for Florida, good luck!
    1302 days ago
    So exciting - I know people who have run the Broad Street race and they loved it! Weather report is looking nice so enjoy your run!
    1302 days ago
    I don't recall ever running into much congestion coming into philly for the Broad St. run - maybe just a bit right around the stadium parking.

    I think we strove to be parked by 6 or 6:30 - there were port o potties at the stadium lot - which I remember having much shorter lines than the large banks of potties at the start line. But they have them in both locations.

    I don't remember buses - we rode the Septa train (orange line) which has a depot right at the stadium. They used to put a pass in your registration pack, but they might not bother anymore. Trains run every few minutes and pretty much run straight to start line. Very easy way to go.

    Checking gear was sort of a hassle - you check it on a bus based on your bib number, but they had maybe 30 buses, and the crowd around them was dense. Finding my bus took awhile, and then I had to go thru the same deal on the other end... If you have a spectator friend to handle that stuff for you, it would make life a bit easier.

    40,000 people is HUGE!! My last time running it, the entrants were at 26 or 28 thousand, which was by far the biggest crowd I've ever run with. I can't imagine adding that many more people! It's going to be fun. Once you get going... I think it took me 10+ minutes just to cross the start line, and about a half mile to get up to speed (I was a bit faster then than now) ;o).

    If you have time, treat yourself to a post-event massage! It will GREATLY speed your recovery for the DE half!! I promise!!
    1303 days ago
    I am so excited for you! What a great race before the main event!

    You will get there on time to stretch, contemplate, meet a few runners and enjoy the pre-race fun.

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    Trust in your training.
    1303 days ago
    I'm really excited for you for this race!
    About the back pain and the hamstrings, a lot of my back issues were very much relieves with releasing the tension in my hamstrings. Tight hamstrings related to a tight periformis (not sure how to spell that), and that in turn pulls on the L5-S1 area of the spine, it led to major misalignment for myself, herniation and that led me to my surgery. I was severely warned by my post-operation physio that it is imperative that I keep my periformis stretched after running and make sure to keep stretching throughout my cool-down. I use foam rollers on my hamstrings and my glutes and really work hard on keeping well stretched and loose.
    I am looking forward to your post-run feedback and blog. Huge step in your running career, and I'm so proud of you! Best wishes on an incredible race.
    1303 days ago
    Wishing you well on your upcoming races! Have a GREAT week! emoticon
    1303 days ago
    How exciting!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    You've trained well and you'll finish well. All the best on both races.
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    1304 days ago
    Don't allow those jitters to interfere with your running! It sounds like a blast! Just get there whatever time and do it! Just enjoy! I admire your ability to run at all! Looking forward to reading about both races!
    1304 days ago
    Guess I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late. I'd leave in plenty of time and relax in my car with some good music if I arrived ridiculously early. Enjoy this race and save your best for the Marathon.
    1304 days ago
    Enjoy it! Can someone drop you at your destination or perhaps there is mass transit available? emoticon emoticon
    1304 days ago
    So much excitement! You'll be on time for the start. Have a great time. Enjoy the run.
    1304 days ago
    You are very well prepared.
    Good luck to your races, have fun!
    1304 days ago
    Best of luck for both your races--you'll do well!
    1304 days ago
    Hope both of your races go well!! Best of luck!!

    1304 days ago
    Have a great race!
    1304 days ago
  • MLH148
    Sounds great! Have fun at the expo and just enjoy the experiences. You've worked So Hard!!
    1304 days ago
  • SUNSHINE20113
    Sounds like you have some exciting races coming up!! Good luck - this week is all about taking care of yourself before the big day. (both of them!)
    1304 days ago
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