Remember how I was telling you that I didn’t get into Broad Street this year? Well, as luck would have it, I just won entry into 2015’s race courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts’s Team Dunkin’!
I am so excited to have been given this second chance at running Broad Street. In all honesty, I was crushed when I received the “you have not been selected” e-mail. Before opening that message, I had taken it for granted that I would get in through the lottery—after all, the race organizers like to promote the (surely outdated) statistic that 80% of lottery entrants win a bib. So to be part of that unfortunate 20% was a big downer.
Now that I’m actually in, I am pumped to continue with my training. Spring may not be getting here/staying here anytime soon (it’s supposed to snow flurry tonight, be in the 70s on Friday and rain all of next week), but at least I have the promise of two upcoming races. Hurray!
Increased activity means I have an increased appetite, and as the weather changes, so do my cravings. Currently I am once again infatuated with Nutella and berry waffles, and my go-to easy meal is now a bowl of pierogis, peppers, pearl onions and turkey bacon. Yum.
|I come from Slavic roots, and thus pierogis are way better than pasta in my mind (and belly).|
So how did the training go this past week? I ran just under 15 miles: four of those hills, three easy, and over 7 for the long run. I managed to reassure myself of my abilities for my upcoming 10k and 10 miler by reviewing last year’s running log: it turns out, I was running the same monthly distance and the same paces (if not slower) in March of last year. Even with a lethargic winter, I may have a shot yet at a PR or two!
Things are looking up in the Philly running circuit as well. There are club runs and events galore coming up in April, including the first ever Nightshift run. New Balance is opening an outpost in Center City tomorrow, and Christopher McDougall of Born to Run fame is leading a fun run and celebration on April 23.
Now, in honor of April Fool’s Day, I await the opening of registration for the Philadelphia Marathon. I jest not—I actually planning on signing up for my second marathon. Let’s see if I have fast enough fingers to be one of the first 500 participants (read: the early bird gets the discount)!