Philly Rock 'n Roll Half- Race Recap
Race Website: http://www.runrocknroll.com/philadelphia/
Goodies: Shirt, small free samples in the race bag and snacks at the end of the race.
without the fight on leaving at 5:30 am and who forgot what ...
but summary at the end. Feel free to look at the pictures and
read the summary,
|I wore my Mexican Themed skirt for the race, in honor of Mexican Independence Day few days before|
|A Shot of La Mona the day before the race|
|running by City Hall|
One of my favorite things about Rock 'n' Roll races is that there is so many people and such amazing energy all around! Also the bands along the route are absolutely amazing, for the 5 seconds I get to hear them.
I had to stop and pee at mile 2, and I was in such a rush, that I didn't lock the portable toilet, so a man opened the door as I was getting ready to jump out. Oooops!!
I loved the entire course, even when it felt like Kelly drive was never going to end. But it was so cool to run next to the river and the mountain, this was a part of Philadelphia I had not seen before.
I passed Roger at mile 6. My shorts keep riding up my butt, and it felt like I spent mile 6-9 picking a wedgie. This caused my shorts to chafe my leg.
Everybody around me was drenched in sweat, some men were even losing their shorts because they were heavy with sweat, and I saw a couple hairy butts.
Between mile 9 and 13, I saw two collapsed runners. I always feel bad for not stopping to help, but both were surrounded by so many people, that I didn't want to be on the way and kept moving.
I crossed the finish line at 2:04 something, according to my watch.
I went to get water and chugged it really fast, doing this gave me stomach cramps. I stumbled around the finisher area not knowing what to do with myself. Roger and Nina were still out in the course and I wanted to be there at the finish line, but I also wanted to take off my wet clothes. I walked around the finisher area and grabbed whatever snacks they handed me.
Roger finally crossed the finished line about 20 minute later, and Nina 6 minutes after. They were both proud and excited to have completed their race.
After we all found each other, we stretched for a bit and started to walk back to the car. I reluctantly collected my Eastern Odyssey medal. (RnR allowed runners who couldn't make it to VB to complete the 13.1 miles on their own to still qualify for Eastern Oddyssey)
Once we got to the car we changed out of wet clothes and headed to my parents house. And guess what I forgot to pack? My underwear! and accidentally threw my clean and dry sports bra with my wet clothes and couldn't find it.... this is a problem because 90% of my clothes are black, and things often get clumped together. So I was only wearing 1 layer of clothes all the way back home.
Everybody napped on the drive back, except for me, because I was the DD... does anybody else do this? have a Designated driver post race? It seems to always be me.
I am eternally grateful for my mom's post race food! She is amazing! I love her!
On the drive back I started to feel the pain of the chaffing from my heart monitor... it all hurt so bad! It wasn't until I was home inspecting my wounds that I realized how awful the chafing on my boobs was..... we didn't have time to shower at my parents, so we had to wait and shower at home. My boob on the right got it worse and has a huge cut under it. I had put body glide, but sweated so much that it didn't help, I should have put a lot more. I'm not wearing my heart monitor until my boobs are healed.
A look at our recovery stations at home
|My water and Nuun... The Fiji is Roger's, I don't like Fiji water|
|The Gu and Gatorade are Roger's|
* Bib pick up was far, but easy.
* My son got lots of freebies at the Expo
* My sister was amazing for dropping us off close to the race and finding a place to park.
* The day was cloudy, but humid. It didn't feel hot until we stared running.
* The start line was under the Mexican Flag
* I dedicated this Half Marathon to my Uncles
* The course was mostly flat and a beautiful
* Everybody was really sweaty, so sweaty they were losing their shorts.
* I saw hairy butts
* Kelly Drive is beautiful, long, but beautiful
* I saw two collapsed runners on the course
* I finished before my expected time
* Tacos for recovery are the best
* I was the post race DD
* My boobs were terribly chaffed from my Heart monitor
This will go down and one of my favorite races, and I'm contemplating doing it again!
Do you have a post Race DD?
Do you dedicate races to family?
Have you seen Hairy butts at races?
What do you do when you see collapsed runners on a race?