Another year and another medal from the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, formerly the Philadelphia Distance Run.
Stevie and I headed over via PATCO at 7am, and we were in the starting area by 7:30. Saw some others who were not impressed with Paul Ryan's marathon lie:
I hadn't run more than 5 miles all summer, so I wasn't expecting to PR today. I know I said that last year, but I was pretty intent on taking it slowly and enjoying the atmosphere this year. When I started out, though, I felt sluggish and slow, and I was worried that I was in for a long, painful race. By mile 5, however, I found my stride, and felt ok for the rest of the race. I ran just under an 8 minute pace and finished in 1:42:38.
Afterwards I met Stevie, my dad and Debbie, stood in a fountain with my free beer enjoying the sun and music, climbed a statue, then headed home for lunch at the Bread Board.
While I was far off of my PR, I didn't exactly push myself, and I was struck by how easy it felt. My original goal for this fall has been to train like crazy and qualify for Boston, but since school started recently that goal has gone out the window yet again. I would still like to run the Philly Marathon in November, however, and the ease with which I completed this race makes me wonder how little training I can get away with for it.