Rock n’ Roll Philadelphia 5K and half marathon weekend is finally here and I’m feeling mixed emotions. I’m nervous, excited, happy and worried, all at the same time. It’ll be my first Rock n’ Roll series race. I wanted to run last year but it was two weeks after Disneyland Half and my work schedule did not allow it. I was bummed because last year’s medal was perfect.
I’m excited because I love running in MY city. If you’ve never run a race in Philadelphia, you must put it on your race list. Some may say that it is always the same boring course, but to me, it isn’t. Philadelphia is a city rich in history, culture, arts, music and food. The Rock n’ Roll Philly course takes you through downtown Philadelphia, through Old City where the Liberty Bell resides, past the Betsy Ross House, Reading Terminal Market, and running alongside the Schuylkill River (pronounced SKOO-kul), ending at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Popular course for races, but who cares? I happen to love it, hence my excitement.
The nervousness stems from lack of training. Since that awful Broad Street Run in May, I’ve run approximately 60 miles, total. My longest run since the race was 7.2 miles. I should’ve taken advantage of the beautiful summer weather we experienced this year, but instead I once again lost motivation and energy. I do enjoy running and ran frequently, but they were short runs (3-4 miles each).
Plan for this weekend is to go to the Expo on Saturday, carb-load with friends on Saturday afternoon and pray for great weather on Sunday. While I know I won’t PR, I look forward to having a great time and seeing my friends on the course. I also look forward to running my first Rock n’ Roll series race
QOTD: Have you run a Rock n’ Roll series race? If so, which one is your favorite and why?
Hope to see you on the course!