I have long been awaiting a chance to run a race at Ridley Creek State Park and I finally got my chance yesterday… except that I thought the race started 5 hours after it actually did, so I completely missed it. Doh!!!
Yesterday should have been the perfect day to race… the temperature was a wonderful 57°, the sun was shining, and I was super psyched to get a chance to run on my relatively flat “home” course. I remember thinking that the biggest challenge might actually be dodging all of the walkers, dogs, and bikers that would surely also be enjoying the park at 3PM on such a beautiful afternoon. That and finding a spot to park, since the already crowded parking lot would no doubt be overflowing with the addition of all of the racers’ cars.
When Matt and I pulled into the parking lot at 2:20 (forty minutes early for our “3PM” race), I was shocked to see so many open parking spots. Were all of the other racers running late, I wondered? Then we came around the bend to where I was sure the Run The Day registration table would be set up, only to see a few late afternoon picnickers enjoying the lovely weather. What?!! I then checked the race web site and realized my mistake… the race had started at 10AM and was long over. Boo. 😦
Me after my un-Pickle Run. That’s Ridley Creek in the background. I love this park!
Matt and I were all ready to race so we decided to run our own un-Pickle Run (maybe that would be a Cucumber Run??). We started promptly at 2:30PM and, race or no race, I was still determined to get my PR. We didn’t run the exact Pickle Run course (the race would have had us do a 1.5-ish mile out and back) so our route ended up with more downhill than the real race had, but nevertheless I got my personal best!!!! I crossed the “finish” with a huge PR time of 24:25. My previous best was 25:13 from the New Year’s Eve 5K so I was very happy with my time. Now if only I could have done it in a real race! 🙂
In other running news, I ran my longest distance ever today – 10 MILES!! Matt had a lacrosse game at Rosemont College and I tagged along in order to go on a nice run on the Main Line. When I ran track (hurdles/sprints) at Haverford College I spent a ton of time doing shorter runs in this area so it was nice to get back to my running roots with the long run today. My run took me from the Septa (R5) train station at Rosemont all the way to Narberth and back… that’s 6 stations in all!! (And I can name them in order by heart because I’m a dork… Rosemont, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Ardmore, Wynnewood, Narberth. I wrote my college thesis on the Main Line so I could also tell you all sorts of
useful useless historical facts about them, don’t get me started.) Anyway, it wasn’t easy and I definitely got pretty tired around miles 7-8, but I did it!! My run started before Matt’s lacrosse game began and I didn’t get back until his game was over. I felt very hard core!!
Here are the Runkeeper stats for today’s run… I stayed close to the train tracks to avoid the bulk of the traffic lights and intersections but I still (mercifully) got stopped at a few lights and had a chance to stretch. I also paused my workout to use the restroom at the Ardmore Wawa… I spent a ton of money there in college so I figure I am entitled to a free pit stop!
After my epic run and Matt’s lacrosse game we stopped at a place in Bryn Mawr called *ndulge cupcake boutique for cupcakes (the mocha-cola cupcake was delicious!) and then I drained my entire Camelbak waterbottle before collapsing into a bubble bath with my Kindle for an hour or so. Life is good!
Miles since last post: 75.4
Days since last post: 15
Avg. Daily Miles since 7/18/13: 4.92
2014 TOTAL MILES: 379.1