RUNNER’S HIGH @ the ROCK & ROLL PHILLY 1/2 MARATHON
Is it possible 24 hours later to still be on a runner’s high? I am here as living proof that yes it is possible! I literally jumped out of bed this morning still super excited about yesterday’s race. It was the best half marathon I have ever run. I finished with a time of 1 hour and 51 minutes..5 minutes faster than my previously fastest race and 9 minutes faster than my last one! Sometimes when you want it, you want it regardless of consistent training or serious leg pain..and I really wanted it. So let me run you through the events leading up to this wonderful achievement!
My friend Megan and I arrived at the Runner’s Expo and it was by far the best one I have ever been to. We were pretty psyched up from the moment we got there:
The expo had so many amazing sponsors which means the free samples were fantastic and the apparel to buy was unreal. I ended up buying a ton of hippie head bands and a shot glass for my collection. They even had a full-on carnival setup inside by Brooks:
The coolest part of the expo was the fact that Kara Goucher, Olympic Marathon Runner, was there speaking and then holding a meet and greet. My friend Megan and I got a chance to speak with her for 10 minutes and she told us how she got into running because it was the only sport that didn’t have tryouts. She didn’t think she would make anything else and then just kind of fell in love with it. Now, she gets paid to do what she loves, works out twice a day, and is the new sponsor of Nutrilite. Check us out!!
Then after meeting up with the rest of our running crew for dinner and some stretching, we got a good night’s sleep for Sunday’s race!
Waking up at 6am to get ourselves prepared..which of course included putting on fake tattoos to go with the Rock and Roll theme…
We were ready to go! The entire walk to the race I was getting so fired up. I couldn’t stop jumping around and yelling out to people walking with us. There was something about the spirit of this race that was unlike any other. Running through the city of Philly and a beautiful park wasn’t enough. There were jazz bands and rock bands setup throughout the whole course as well as just random people who brought their guitars out. The atmosphere was unbeatable. The other amazing thing was that Megan, Heather, and I (pictured above) ran together the entire time! We all pushed eachother at different moments throughout the race and I could not have done it without them. We talked, complained, and of course enjoyed the atmosphere but we all did it together and I couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable crew to run with! Finally, after crossing the finish line, we were handed our MGD 64 celebratory beer…
(both mine and Megan’s shorts are Under Armour from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Mine and Heather’s headbands are Hippie Bands and Megan’s is from RunGirlRun…details to follow…)
Oh and how could I forget my favorite part? After the race feasting was at it’s finest in Philly! Of course we went straight for the Philly Cheesesteak, a beer, some pizza-style tater tots and sweet potato waffle fries…oh yea baby! And then after a long drive back to CT from Philly my wonderful roommate left me delicious Rice Krispy Treats! Perfect end to a perfect day :)
I highly, highly recommend any of the Rock & Roll Half Marathons that are stationed at awesome locations all over the U.S. (click on the picture above for more information). A huge thank you to my running buddies and everyone who sent me some love and well wishes for the race. I am here to tell you that you can train and train but when your heart is really in it..you can do anything. Can’t wait for my next race!