Months upon months ago, I signed up for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon. Fast forward to the beginning of August, I realized I had neither the desire nor the endurance to run a half right now.
Despite Competitor’s reputation for being difficult to deal with, I realized I could seamlessly transition my half registration to the 10K. Since I had signed up so far in advance, I didn’t feel like I was losing a lot of money so I was happy to downgrade to run a race that I would enjoy.
Competitor’s expos are usually large and in charge, and this year’s was no different. I showed up a little before the opening at noon on Friday to get in and out on my lunch break. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea.
Also unfortunately, an email went out right before I left that their shipment of tshirts was delayed and they wouldn’t arrive at the expo until 2pm. Normally this would annoy me, but I assumed that due to the hurricanes in the south, there were a lot of shipping issues across the country. People were given the option to come back to the expo later or pick up one at the finish line. I ended up not doing either…I’m not a fan of the RnR shirts so I didn’t want to clutter up my house with something I didn’t even want.
My favorite part of any RnR expo is the Brooks booth. I wear a notoriously expensive sports bra and they are rarely on sale outside of a race expo, so I always buy at least one. With 15% off and a free lingerie bag with purchase, I was pretty pumped! I plan on doing a post about the slight redesigns on the Juno after a few wears.
I wandered around for awhile, picking up some free snacks and checking out the shoe sales. Unfortunately, my beloved Kayanos weren’t on sale enough to warrant buying a new pair at the time. I’ll have to keep an eye out for deals.
This was my first race at the Art Museum since moving to Manayunk and I was concerned about race morning logistics. Luckily, I had purchased an Uber Pass for the month and it was only $5.99 to get to the start.
I was there early enough to easily check my bag and watch the first 5K runners come across the finish line before lining up to start my race.
I wasn’t really expecting much considering running hasn’t been my main focus for awhile, but I knew that a flat course would make for a much easier run than the hills I’ve been getting used to!
Unfortunately, I don’t have much to say about the race itself. It’s a standard out and back course on MLK Drive along the Schuylkill River. I love the views it provides, but it’s a standard course for any Philly runner.
I came across the finish in 1:08:33, which is far from my 10K PR. I think it served as a great motivator for ramping up my running this winter in preparation for the Hot Chocolate 15K and the Broad Street Run in the spring!
I’ll leave you with a picture of my recovery plan…