aka – Broad Street Run recap.
Warning: I’m going to start out negative and end on a positive note. This race is a bit of a nightmare. Back in the day, it used to be a fun and relatively small event. Now, it’s hysteria. From the expo, to parking, to the subway ride, to the porta potties…long lines everywhere. But what else can you expect when you allow 40,000 runners in? Broad needs to take a lesson from the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler – start doing a lottery system and cap the damn race!
So why do I run it every year? I love the course. Flat, fast, and straight ahead. And they do have good food at the finish.
I said earlier this week that I didn’t have a plan since I wasn’t sure how my legs would hold up 3 weeks post-Boston. My current PR is 1:19:13, from Cherry Blossom last year. I wasn’t sure I could beat it and frankly, I didn’t care. Honest. I just wanted to have a good time out there.
I started out Mile 1 just under 8:00 pace. I felt good but everyone always feel good during Mile 1.
By Mile 5 I was still running under 8:00 but I was just waiting for the dead marathon legs to set in.
Mile 6…still waiting for dead legs.
During Mile 7 I did the math and realized I could PR. I kicked it up a notch.
I crossed the finish line in 1:18:28 – a new PR!
Spontaneity works well, apparently. I may have to implement the no-plan plan more often. And all that speed work I did for Boston didn’t go to waste!
Do you have a love-hate relationship with a specific race because of its size? For me, it’s definitely Broad Street. But I love the course and the tradition of doing it each year.