Rock n Roll Marathon 5k + Half Marathon Weekend Recap
I spend a lot of time in Philadelphia, probably too much time! Philadelphia has somehow crawled into my heart and refuses to leave. I love everything about the city, the vibe, the scenery–if I wasn’t already living in the greatest city in the world I’d be living there! Thankfully Philly is only 2 hours away and I had the opportunity to visit with my family last weekend while I ran Rock & Roll Philly!
The expo was awesome, it was held at the Philadelphia Convention Center and I actually arrived with more than 2 minutes to pick up my bibs. #winning
We roamed around for a few minutes, then grabbed a quick dinner and we were all in bed by 8:30 pm. I couldn’t ask for anymore because I barely get that much sleep at home!
Rock N Roll Philadelphia 5k
The 5k had a nice and late-ish start of 7:30am. I took a cab about a mile and a half away to the start line. There were tons of families running together and the weather was cool and crisp, low 60s with a really nice breeze.
The race was an out and back on the back roads, I’ve seen complaints about not enough bands on the course but I saw at least 3 on the 5k course and I thought that was perfect! I didn’t run super hard but I still had a good time, I stopped for selfies (in true back of the pack tradition), and enjoyed the post race entertainment–but only for a few minutes as I ended up walking back to the hotel for to gather my very hungry family for breakfast.
Rock N Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
Again, I got a total of 10 hours sleep the night before the Rock N Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. I felt great when I got up but when I stepped out the air was so thick I immediately broke out in a sweat. I went to grab a cab and the cabbie let me know that I was better off walking because all the streets leading to the start were closed.
Once I got to the start line I waited forever to get to the start line, one of the tough parts about being a card carrying member of the slow runners club. Once I crossed the start line I noticed that my right foot started having pins and needles and my calves were dangerously close to cramping. They were so tight and uncomfortable after only a mile. By mile 3 I lost all feeling in my right foot. This is not the first time it happened so I made the quick decision to remove the socks, tie them around my fanny pack and keep it moving. This relieved the cramping and the feeling came back quickly once I had a cup of gatorade.
Humidity, Wardrobe malfunctions, and a Stunning Course! #RnRPhilly Weekend Recap! @RunRocknRoll
After that it was just a battle between me and the elements. The course entertainment was awesome!! So many great bands playing, and tons of entertainment from local cheer squad and high school bands. It never once felt lonely out there. Unfortunately the weather caused a lot of people to pass out and/or need medical attention. Running in those kinds of conditions is NOT easy, but I’m thankful I made it to the end standing upright. Probably one of my worst times ever BUT I was happy with my race and happy that I completed my 12th Half Marathon!
Despite the wardrobe malfunction that was early, and even though I was slower than ever, I had a really good time. I didn’t beat myself up about going slow, I put more focus on being consistent, my body movements and of course the views. The course was really stunning especially the latter half. If I lived in Philly I’d run that trail everyday.
I am so excited for Rock N Roll Brooklyn in a few weeks! Don’t forget that you can save cash on your next Rock n Roll race by using code ‘RUNWITHBAM‘!