Sunday, April 21, 2019

Flying Pig Marathon Training - Week 18 - Weekly Running Update: April 21, 2019

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well! Any recent races or training for one, which ones? How did it go? 

Anyone participate in Boston? How was it?! So many amazing highlights and inspiring stories!

This was week 18 of marathon training for Flying Pig for me. Starting to taper down. #TrustTheTaper 

My Week in Training:

Monday: 6 miles before work. Sunday rest day. Some light chores, but made a point to rest plenty. In bed early...but.. tornado warning at 3 am! Startled us for sure! Rain and winds kicked in shortly after. Howling! Not sure if I fell back to sleep or not. Up before my alarm. Coffee, work out, hydrate, and out the door before 6. Light rain, was actually looking fwd to it to waking me up. Still feeling Saturday's 20 miler and tired, settled in at 8:25-8:30. Through the worst of the hills thought about fading but hung in there. The rain cleared up early. Flash flood warnings, but a non issue.
Tuesday: 3.11 miles before work. With the sleep issues Sun into Monday, made a point to get to bed early on Mon night! In bed before 9! Fell asleep right away. The only issue is, I rarely sleep more than 7 hrs. Felt the need to "catch up", got my normal amount of sleep, but up before 4, gave up trying around 4:15. No "extra" rest, but it was quality. Up, coffee, work out, hydrate, stretch, and out before 6. I always check the weather before heading out. Good thing! Temps back in the 30's! thought I was done wearing long sleeves! lol.. Brisk and well rested, ready to go! Pacing felt better than expected compared to Monday. 8:15/8:20/8:12 before/after worst hills/overall.
Wednesday: 4 miles before work. Tues, up a few late, 9:45! Up a few min before my alarm, but a bit groggy. Coffee, work out, hydrate, and out the door by 6. Temps just below 50. Brisk at first, air felt great. Definitely like the brisk air when I'm tired. Pacing: settled into the 8:15-8:20. Maintained at 8:20 after the worst of the hills mid way. Did my new fav extreme hill in mi 3, a bit tough to maintain pace after. Quads and hammy still feeling last weekend, but perfect weather, loved today's run. 
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Since Thu is 1 mile day, I may have a drink or two on Wed night. Went to bed early, 7 hrs sleep, up before my alarm. Dragging to start. Coffee, work out (got going and had time for extra reps), hydrate, stretch, and out the door by 6:10. Worked on cadences to start. Pacing: goal to do casual 8 min, maintained at 7:45 ish. Felt good. Still didnt have motivation to go to work though. lol..

Friday: 5 miles. Notice I didn't say before work! Off today, yay! Thursday, up way past my bed time, almost midnight! Watching sports. Sixers (win) started at 8, Phillies at 8:40 (loss :( ). Also had a couple of beverages. ;) If today was long run day, I wouldn't have done either. I like to get my rest! Up around 6, but taking my time. Coffee, work out (did a couple extra sets since I had time), hydtrate, stretch, and out the door around 8! Nike app issue! No pace updates! (I have mine set to alert every minute). (maybe an update that needs a boot?) Started out a bit fast, still had my watch to alert every mile, settled into my pace in mile 2. Another set back of not getting my alerts, would of done an extra .5, been mixing up my routes to get more hills, don't have the route memorized at the moment, hit my target after my last hill, but was .5 away from home. Did a cool down from there. I normally would of gone to the trail on a day off, but concentrating on hills for weekday runs. Will be there tomorrow!
Saturday: 10 miles. Long run day, trail day, yay! And it's "only" 10 miles! Let the tapering begin! Fri, pretty much just relaxed after my run. Hydrated and foam rolled. Went to bed early. Thunderstorm and flash flood warnings overnight, didn't really hear them. Woke up at my normal time. Coffee, light breakfast, hydrate, stretch. Thunder started at 5:30! Pouring rain! Guess I'm going to get wet today! Head over to my trail by 7. Flash floods along the drive there! Rain settled down just as I got started. My trail Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle, Welsh and Terwood Rd. Did the more gradual side to Rockledge Park first. Pacing settled in the 8:30's. First mile in, I saw an albino deer! At first I though it was a white dog, (especially since I wasn't wearing my glasses due to the rain), but as I got closer could tell it was a deer. It didn't stick around for a picture though. :( Continued on. Up the incline, pacing 8:38 ish, on the return got it back to 8:31. Fueled at 5 mi, hydrated as I passed my car 5.25 mi. Continued on to the other side of the trail to Byberry Rd. Pacing 8:40-8:45 on the way back. Was comfortable, quads a bit heavy, would of taken some exertion to get it back to the 8:30's. Was also humid today, definitely evaluating my hydration plan for race day. 
Full Pics
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak. Streak day 1184. Up late sat night (Phillies baseball), and actually slept in! 7 am! Took my time getting ready. Coffee, read the news (play on internet), stretch, and out the door after 8. Plan was to do casual 8 min mile, first couple alerts better than expected, 7:15, alright, guess I'll be pushing it a bit to maintain. 7:30. Got my yard work done yesterday, will be taking it easy remainder of the day. Hydrate, stretch, maybe even take an Epsom salt bath. 
This was week 18 marathon training, using the below plan.
Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield

Weekly Summary:
Miles: scheduled 28 mi / completed 30 mi 
Strength Training: scheduled 80 min/ completed 98 min
Foam roll: 7 days 
Hydration goal met: 7 days   


Race Schedule 

05.05.19 - Broad Street Run! - Love this race, but won't be doing it this year. Sometimes you have to pass on repeat things to try something new! My review from last year, here.  

05.05.19 - Flying Pig Marathon! I am officially booked. Looks like a fun themed race, a great spring challenge, and somewhere I've never been (Cincy, Oh)! Hope to also check out Indiana and Kentucky while I'm out there! 

09.15.19 - Rock n Roll Philly Half Marathon. Use codes "19RNRBRP16" to save $16 off the half/full marathon and "19RNRBRP6" to save $6 off the 5k/10k! Race Preview, here!

11.24.19 - Philadelphia Marathon. My review from last yr, here. 

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 
If you do any races, please remember to review them on ! Your opinions help other runners decide what races to run!  Follow me on BibRave Joe G

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Flying Pig Marathon Training - Week 17 - Weekly Running Update: April 14, 2019

Hi Everyone! 

Hope you are doing well! Any recent races or ones coming up, which ones? How'd the race or training go?

I had a couple recent races. Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon and Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia, now back to marathon training for Flying Pig. This was week 17! Last long run before taper time!

My Week in Training: 

Monday: 7 miles before work. Sunday was rest day, but did 2.5 hrs of yard work. Hoping my back wouldn't be an issue this morning. Relaxed remainder of Sunday. Hydrated and foam rolled. Went to bed early, but tossed and turned a bit, and received a call from work at 10:30. Short call, sleep shortly after. Up before my alarm, but didn't get up until it went off, oops, it was still set a few min earlier (4:30) from Saturday's race. Coffee, work out, stretch, and out the door before 6. Settled in the 8:20's early. Comfortable, but expecting to fade through the hills. 8:25 before the worst hills/8:27 after. Felt the hills, but maintained just under 8:30. Checking the training schedule, today was my last 7 mile Monday, Yay! Doing a tougher plan than what i did in the fall, was not looking forward to these Mondays (neighborhood's got hills)! I prefer my trail for 5+, but hey, hills are good for you! Managed to get through the tougher Monday's with no issues. Resting properly, and umm cutting back on Sunday sports day drinking helped. lol.. 
Tuesday: 3.11 miles before work. Stayed up a few minutes late to watch a baseball game, but still up before my alarm. 4:50. Groggy. Coffee, work out, hydrate, stretch and out the door by 6:05. Temp in the mid 50's and humid! Dark out to start, a bit cool at first felt nice. Pacing felt better than expected for being tired. Planned on 8:20. Was 8:10 before 8:15 after the worse of the hills, and able to bring it under 8:05 to end. Definitely felt better than expected for being tired/groggy earlier!
Wednesday: 4 miles before work. Tues, another night I could of gone to bed earlier. Up a few min before my alarm. Coffee, work out, hydrate, stretch, and out the door by 6:05. Felt pretty decent. Comfortable pacing 8:15-8:20. Slight inclines throughout, a decent hill midway, still felt good, sought out an extra hill near the end that's not part of my 4 mi route. There are cherry blossom trees every other block, stopped by one during my cool down. Will try to stop by a couple better ones while they are still in bloom!
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Since Thurs is 1 mi day, I may be tempted to indulge in a beverage or two Wed night. beverage with dinner and during a baseball game. Ugly baseball game, did not stay up too late. Up before my alarm, but tired. Coffee, work out, stretch, and out the door by 6:10. 1 mile days I am sometimes tempted to push it, not today. Goal to maintain at 8, brisk air felt good. Wind chill in the high 30's, probably should of worn long sleeves. After my run, turned back to take a pic of the sky, didn't notice it earlier, there's a corner hill I should of paused at to appreciate it a bit more. I also stopped at my neighbors magnolia tree for a pic, sorry rushed the pic, didn't want to stand in their lawn too long. lol..
Friday: 4 miles before work. Excellent night's sleep. In bed by 9:30, could of been slightly earlier, but whatevs. Up a few min before my alarm. Coffee, work out, hydrate, stretch, and out the door by 6:05. (should of been 6, but lost a few min in the morning "routine"). lol.. Temp in the high' 40's. A bit brisk, but felt good. Pace: aiming for comfortable 8:20, but under 8 for the first mile. k, I may push a bit today. 8:10 after the worst hills mid way, maintained, did another extreme hill at 3, faded slightly but regrouped.
Saturday: 20 miles. long run day, trail day, yay! Haven't been to my trail in three weeks due to races, three weeks seems like forever! 20 miles? ruh, roh! lol.. 
And of course I make afternoon plans, so I feel the need to get done early. Wake up early? No problem! Up before my alarm. Coffee, stretch, and over to my trail by 6:40. My Trail Pennypack Creek. Park in the middle (Welsh and Terwood Rd). 60's, light rain possible, humid and sticky! oh, fun! Mid to Rockeledge Park. Saw 7 deer in the first 5 minutes! But they didn't stick around for photo-op. :( Humid, steamy and sticky, start sweating early. Glasses fogged much of the early morning. Rocklege park and back, fuel before passing my car to hydrate at 5.25 to Byberry Rd and back. Fueling and hydrating again at 10.5. Pacing 9.2 at 10.5. continue to Rockledge Park and back. Feeling the slow down but at 9.4 at 15. Goal was 9:09, but from 18-20, faded for sure! (9:20 overall) Am usually good with hydrating every 5 mi, could definitely have used more today! Will be sure to take advantage of hydration stations on race day! Of the 3-20 milers, this was the toughest. Hopefully the taper helps. 
Afternoon plans. I've been trying to appreciate the Cherry Blossoms while they are still in bloom, well, went to Philly to check them out! Glad I saw the VisitPhilly article a couple weeks ago, here. Shofuso Japanese House and Fairmount Park, for full photo's check out my FB page or IG page. ;)
Full pics
Sunday: 1 mile. "Rest day" one for the streak. Run Streak day 1,177. Up early, but sore from yesterday's run. Taking my time getting ready. Casual 1 miler for the streak. Will have to do about an hr of yard work before actually resting today. Rest and hydrate this afternoon for sure! 

This was week 17 marathon training, using the below plan.
Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield

Weekly Summary:
Miles: scheduled 38 mi / completed 40 mi 
Strength Training: scheduled 80 min/ completed 90 min
Foam roll: 7 days 
Hydration goal met: 7 days   


Race Schedule 

05.05.19 - Broad Street Run! - Love this race, but won't be doing it this year. Sometimes you have to pass on repeat things to try something new! My review from last year, here.  

05.05.19 - Flying Pig Marathon! I am officially booked. Looks like a fun themed race, a great spring challenge, and somewhere I've never been (Cincy, Oh)! Hope to also check out Indiana and Kentucky while I'm out there! 

09.15.19 - Rock n Roll Philly Half Marathon. Use codes "19RNRBRP16" to save $16 off the half/full marathon and "19RNRBRP6" to save $6 off the 5k/10k! Race Preview, here!

11.24.19 - Philadelphia Marathon. 

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Race Review: How sweet it is! Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Philadelphia!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well. I am here to review the Sweetest Race in Philly! The All State Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Philadelphia! (I participated in the 15k)

Expo: bib pickup was a breeze! Expo was held at the the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The convention center is a few blocks long, best to know where your hall is before parking. (walked a couple blocks). Parking was a breeze. (maybe because I parked so far away). Enter the hall building, blow-up chocolate bar in the lobby. Yup, I'm in the right place! As you enter the hall, to the side is a bank of cashier type computers to check in. Minimal line, bib pickup maybe two minutes. Next, over to the jacket pickup line. Again, minimal line, maybe two minutes. To the side of the jacket pickup area, you can try on your jacket just in case you need to exchange. Tried it on, oh so soft and comfy! (pic in swag section)

Now time to get some chocolate and check out the vendors!


Hot chocolate samples, a cup containing chocolate pirouline rolled wafer and marshmallow with chocolate fondue, and chocolate bar samples!


After snacking, vendor time! (and more snacks!)


Sponsor All State, can take a quick survey to win prizes.

Sports Beans, grabbed 2 samples. Jelly Belly Krispy Kreme, and Quick Performance.
Honey Stinger, tried the organic waffle vanilla flavored.
Power Crunch: grabbed a peanut butter honey snapstick. They had a spin the wheel game. My wife won a chocolate mint protein energy bar, and I won a fanny pack!
Aftershokz! I just stopped by to say hi! They recognized my shirt from right away from all the work BibRave partners with Aftershokz on, told them how much I love my Aftershokz Trekz Air's! #ShokzSquad
Other notable stands:
Make a Wish Foundation
Black Girls Run
A jewelry stand, with race mementos all blinged up!

After checking out the great vendors, stopped for a couple pics by the race mascot, Marshall!

Okay, I may have stopped at the hot chocolate booth for 1 more round of samples before leaving! ;)

Race day:

Met up with fellow BibRavePro's, be sure to check out their blogs! Left to right. Ken Stands on Things, I Run on Beer, myself, and Scootadoot.
Before the start, there was a "heat zone". A few portable heaters to stay warm beforehand! Sponsored by Allstate, I participated in a quick survey and received the below hat for free! There's also a DJ nearby getting the crowd pumped up, the DJ was also doing a little dance party after the race as well.
Race course/map:
Relatively flat! From the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a mile down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and back to the museum, then down along the Schuylkill River (opposite side of Boathouse Row, crew teams were out for practice!) and back, slight incline just before the finish line at the museum. 
Image from Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia site
Training: I am currently on a marathon training plan, but custom training plans are available. With weekly email reminders of the upcoming week's schedule!
Weather: the one variable you can't control. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Rain all day the day before the race. Clearing up this morning. A light drizzle on the car ride into town, but cleared up. 45 this morning, going up to the 60's later. 50 is the line I am confident a short sleeve is ok for me. I warm up quickly, planned on going with short sleeves. Packed a long sleeve to discard, a space blanket, gloves, and checked a bag for later. Pre-race, used the space blanket and gloves for a bit. Didn't bother with the long sleeve, donated. Comfortable throughout the race.Was a bit chilly after the race, glad I checked a bag, but warmed up in the sun.

My race:

Previous PR, 1:14:something/7:59 pace. Goal 1:13:something. Plan... To hang between pacers, and pace at my gps pace of 7:45-7:50, just in case my gps is off by .10. Found the 7:30 and 8:00 pacers. Got next to the 7:30 pacer immediately at the jump, was comfortable and even thought about jumping ahead. That would of been foolish. Hanging by the 7:30 pacer. At the 1 mile mark they introduced themselves to the group and what to expect. Felt good, but knew that wouldn't be reasonable to sustain for the race. 5k mark, still with them, probably should of backed off by now, but still hanging. Knew by the 5 mi mark I should start being more realistic. Faded a few seconds. Trying not to look back yet. Course turn around near 5.75 mi, maintaining. Eventually see the pacer behind from the opposing traffic. Can tell I have a decent gap if I were to fade a bit more. For the race, I had a 1:14 countdown going, started doing the math with a couple miles to go, could tell if I were to maintain I would be ok, but had to maintain somewhat. Felt some fading, but maintaining cadences and hanging in there. It wasn't pretty at the end, but PR ahead of plan! 1:11:21/7:40 pace.
Swag:
Shirt: Full zip up hoodie! Men's comes in black, ladies comes in merlot. It is so soft and comfy!
Medal: Chocolate bar with city specific design. For Philadelphia, the Constitution Center and the Betsy Ross American Flag!
Chocolate: chocolate fondue and sides for dipping, all nut free. Sides include: marshmallow, Rice Krispie Treat, Snyder's mini pretzels, Stinger organic waffle vanilla flavored, and a banana!
Photo's: Free photo's! Don't you hate all those emails from other races to buy pictures, additional emails letting you know they are about to expire, but continue to get emails anyway.. Well, free photo's from Hot Chocolate 15k/5k! I was tagged in 20+ photo's. Of course I am only presentable in a handful. lol..
Looking alright in the beginning, not so much towards the end, but able to regroup somewhat to power through!
Post Race: (after all the chocolate celebrations) met up with a few members of FB group #RWRunStreak at City Tap House. 
Overall: This is a great spring race to train for through winter. The course is relatively flat. There's awesome swag, and of course... chocolate! This is a pretty sweet race! Would definitely recommend!

Question: Have you ever participated in the Hot Chocolate series? What is your favorite treat?

Socials and Site below! 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HotChocolate15k
IG: https://www.instagram.com/hotchocolate15k/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotChocolate15k/
Site: https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/philadelphia/ 

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Flying Pig Marathon Training - Week 16 - Weekly Running Update: April 7, 2019

Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday!

Hope everyone is doing well! Any recent races or training for one? Which ones?

This week was following the Love Run Philadelphia half marathon. Review, here. Had another race this week! The the Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia! But of course, had to get my marathon miles in as well! 

My Week in Training: 

Monday: 6 miles before work. Let's just say this was a rough one. Not taking a rest day after a half marathon to get my marathon miles in early this week to rest for another race this weekend. Was in bed by 10 (up late to watch The Walking Dead season finale!). Was up before my alarm, before 4:30. Slowly went down the stairs, feeling it, cracking and sore. Coffee, work out, hydrate, ready before 6. Warm temps over the weekend, not the case today. Wind chill 15! Starting out, slightly ahead of goal pace, but settled in at 8:30. Usually comfortable, but sore and heavy legs today. Did my normal hills, but thought about avoiding them. lol..
Tuesday: 5 miles before work. Monday, took it easy after work. hydrate plenty and was sure to foam roll before bed. Decent night's sleep. Up a few min before my alarm, but stayed there until it went off. lol.. Going down stairs not as painful, a good sign. Coffee, work out, hydrate, stretch, and out the door at 6. Felt better than yesterday immediately. Was going to pace at 8:30, but was comfortable at 8:20. Faded slightly through some of the hills, but recovered. Much better today. Will be wearing my compression socks to work. and hydrating plenty. Just one more run until I can take it easy until Saturday..
Wednesday: 7 miles before work. Decent night's sleep, up before my alarm. Coffee, work out, hydrate, stretch, and out the door by 6. Slightly skeptical that this would feel as good as yesterday. Settled in around 8:20. Zig zag the streets, slight inclines one way. 8:25 before the worst hill (good incline for .5 mi) around mid way, 8:30 after. Maintained there. I recently added another extreme hill, short/straight up, no one would do this one for fun. Already feeling the inclines, did it anyway. Still at 8:30. maintained there to the very last minute of my run. As I stopped at 1 hr, 8:31. That .01 shouldn't bother me, but since it came as a surprise... 
Thursday: 1 mile before work. Excellent night's sleep. Up a few minutes before my alarm. Coffee, work out, hydrate, stretch, and out the door by 6:10. 1 mile day. Mindset stuck between wanting to take it easy and wanting to push a little bit. Worked on cadences beforehand. Pacing: orig wanted to do a relaxed 8 min. 1st alert just below 8. Pushed a little harder to maintain, next alert was 7:40. Alright, now I'm thinking 7:45.. last few min in the 30's, guess I'll push to maintain. lol..
Friday: 1 mile before work. Up slightly later than normal on Thurs. 10 pm, I know, so late! lol.. Up a few min before my alarm, but taking my time. Coffee, light work out. (some core and weights, skipped leg raises and bridge thrusts). Stretch and out the door by 6:10. Trying to take it a bit easier than yesterday. Chilly with a bit of a drizzle felt good. Was tired, groggy this morning, but the weather helped. One of my toes has been bothering me this week, quads were heavy Monday, slightly better, but not fresh yet. We'll see how tomorrow's race goes. :) Either way, will make the most of it. It was my choice to not rest after Sunday's half to get my marathon miles in early this week.. No regrets.  
Saturday: 9.33 miles (scheduled for 10?, don't worry, I made up that .7 somewhere..) Race day! Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia! Sorry, no race day details.. Keeping you in suspense, right? Race day will be in a separate post.
Sunday: 1 mile. Rest day, one for the streak. Run Streak day 1,170. Slept in till 6. Taking my time getting ready. Coffee, stretch, and out the door around 8. Quads slightly heavy. Planned on a casual 1 miler. Felt good. First alert in the 7:30's. Wanted to back off a bit, worked on cadences, but didn't over exert. Beautiful weather today, slight breeze. Should take it easy remainder of the day, but going to do yard work since it's so nice out. Spring yard work cleanup! Blah!
This was week 16 marathon training, using the below plan.
Image from Coach Jenny Hadfield
Weekly Summary:
Miles: scheduled 29 mi / completed 30 mi 
Strength Training: scheduled 80 min/ completed 82 min
Foam roll: 7 days 
Hydration goal met: 7 days   


Race Schedule 

05.05.19 - Broad Street Run! - Love this race, but won't be doing it this year. Sometimes you have to pass on repeat things to try something new! My review from last year, here.  

05.05.19 - Flying Pig Marathon! I am officially booked. Looks like a fun themed race, a great spring challenge, and somewhere I've never been (Cincy, Oh)! Hope to also check out Indiana and Kentucky while I'm out there! 

09.15.19 - Rock n Roll Philly Half Marathon. Use codes "19RNRBRP16" to save $16 off the half/full marathon and "19RNRBRP6" to save $6 off the 5k/10k! Race Preview, here!

11.24.19 - Philadelphia Marathon. 

Good luck to everyone with training! Kick some butt! 
If you do any races, please remember to review them on ! Your opinions help other runners decide what races to run!  Follow me on BibRave Joe G

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Race Review: Still feeling the Love, the Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon!

Race Date: March 31, 2019

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are doing well!

Here to review the Love Run Philadelphia half marathon. This was my third time running it!

I may be a bit biased towards Philly, but there's just something about the skyline and museum. Getting to the race early has it's perks. Beautiful sunrise.
Pre race: met up with a couple fellow BibRavePro's, be sure to check out their blogs. I'm sure they are more interesting than me. lol.. SimiRun and Bill Brent 
Training: I'm currently in marathon training mode, but I use half and full training programs from Coach Jenny Hadfield. Free programs for all distances and skill levels. Check out her site, here.

Map/Course:
The race starts in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Just over three city miles and back to the museum. To the left side of the museum down the Schuylkill River, 76 side side (opposite Boathouse Row). Saw a bunch of the crew teams out for practice! Along the river. Relativity flat, until... Strawberry Bridge. Steep ramp up to the bridge (in mile 7-8), across the river, up around the mansion and back. Once you are back from the mansion, you have to keep going to the right of the bridge, after the hills, it seems like forever until that turnaround! lol... And then back to the museum. And of course, right at the museum there is a slight incline.
Image from Love Run Philly Site
Weather: the one factor you can't control. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. A bit chilly earlier in the week. Warming up this weekend. Forecast 50-70 degrees with a chance of rain. Over prepared just in case. Was near 60 before I hit the road. Had a long sleeve set aside for the race. When I saw it was already 50, too warm for that! A long sleeve to wear for a few min and discard at the start. Too warm for that. Even had a space blanket just in case it got breezy before the race. Checked a bag with long sleeve, waterproof pullover just in case I'm freezing during the cool down at the post race beer tent. Before the race, an occasional breeze, didn't bother with the space blanket. Warmed up quickly during the race. Rained for a couple minutes a few times, was refreshing! About 30 min after I completed, down pour! Glad I had my pullover for afterwards, but didn't bother with it since we were under a tent.

My Race:
Start of the race, the corrals are packed. There seems to be enough time between each corral start. Crowds were tight. They could of spaced out the waves a bit more. It took over 2-3 miles for it to open up. This may be a godsend. I am guilty of taking off at the start, there was no room for that today. After a few miles, I settled in my desired pace. Plan was to maintain a certain pace (gps pace 7:50, knowing gps may be off by .10) relatively flat until Strawberry Bridge, knowing I would lose .05-10 there. Lost about 6 seconds. Now to maintain for 4 miles. I lost about a second a mile towards the end. The last 20 minutes doing math. Trying not to overthink it, but PR on the mind.. Faded a bit, but definitely felt better than last yr (last yr finish was rough!), able to do a few extra pushes the last few minutes. Previous PR 1:48:49, new PR 1:47:11! Endurance still fading after 10 mi, but definitely feeling/getting better! 

Water/snacks: water and nuun hydration stands along the course. There may have been free gels as well, but had my own, didn't catch what they were handing out. Post race: plenty of water, a nuun tablet, snack bag (which I love that it's in a bag, so many races you are drained of energy and are expected to carry an armful of various items without clumsily dropping them!) soft pretzel (this is Philly, right?!), Sun Chips, Peterson Farms treats apple slices, Rockin' Ola Chocoberry (chocolate granola clusters with strawberries) , Coke/Diet Coke, Zevia organic zero sugar ice tea.  

Swag:

Mug: Love my Love Run Philly Mugs! I am very protective of them! I almost left without it! I had my race bib/shirt mailed to me, still had to pick up my mug post race, very close to driving away without it! 
Shirt: Not a tech shirt. Feels like a heather cotton, so soft! Will definitely work this into my casual wear!
Medal: this is a heavy metal medal with the race logo above the city skyline. 
Beer! One free beer post race! Coney Island Brewing's Mermaid Pilsner. It's more of a hoppy amber, hit the spot post race!
Overall: I love the love run. The past three years, it has been my first half of the season, and PR'd each time! It is the perfect race/motivation to train for through winter. Extreme discount the next few days, will be sure to sign up for next year!

Site and social
Site: https://www.motivrunning.com/the-love-run/
Facebook: LOVERUNPHILLY
Twitter: @LOVERUNPHILLY
IG: @loverunphilly

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