Tuesday, May 8, 2012

2012 Blue Cross Broad Street Run Ten Miler - My Reflections & 35+ Race Recaps

If you aren't a Seinfeld fan, you probably won't understand this meme. In this episode of Seinfeld, a marathoner retells the story of how he slept through the Olympics. It wasn't the snooze button but separate knobs for the alarm and radio volume.

At 5:30am. I expected my babysitter to arrive. As the minutes passed without her knocking on the door, I began to panic. I tried repeatedly to reach her by phone, text & email to no avail.

At 6am, I gave up and called a friend for help. She graciously offered to drive me to 30th Street Station and take care of my daughter during the race. Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for my friend's help.

At 7am, while I was on my way to the start of the race, my babysitter finally called. It wasn't a knob, but her iPhone alarm didn't go off. She was so apologetic and I immediately forgave her. 

Leah and I deemed ourselves "TWINS RUN in our family" to share our experiences running together to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer in memory of Leah's brother-in-law Michael who died from relapsed leukemia on March 17, 2003.

Michael and Laoghaire (2002)

Leah couldn't run with me as we planned, but she did receive a $150 donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation on May 6 because we're running the 2012 Chicago Marathon together with Team Lemon

Since Leah couldn't pace me, she gave me this mantra: "Each Mile's A Gift, Negative Split" I also kept in mind this quote from Joan Benoit Samuelson,"Run Your Own Race!"

Photos carried in running belt for inspiration

Waiting for the Broad Street Line in Team Sparkle

On Broad Street Line waiting for babysitter to call

I was in the Green "with envy we aren't in purple" Corral. I was lucky to see some familiar faces while I waited in the Green Corral. I talked with several co-workers before the start, which helped calm my nerves.

I was surprised when I heard someone say, "Malinda." I looked up to see it was "Coach Kristie" who recognized me from my shirt! Connecting with Kristie helped get me in the zone for a personal record (PR)!

I was ready to run in my yellow Team Sparkle skirt and my Brooks Addiction running shoes.

I finished my first Broad Street Run in 1999 when there was a "record" field of 7,300. Running with 40,000 was quite a different experience. There were so many enthusiastic spectators - I even "low five-d" Governor Ed Rendell after City Hall! 

Jay Scott, Alex's dad, was running in his lemon costume for Team Lemon, Jay was running super fast. I tried to keep up with him so I could say "Hi" but I couldn't catch up! You can see Jay (AKA "The Running Lemon") running ahead of me in the photo below.

A glimpse of the Running Lemon far ahead of me

It was so crowded during the race and I couldn't get in the zone. I decided to listen to music, even though I like to run in silence. I needed some inspiration, so I turned my MP3 player to random play. I prefer a random shuffle to a playlist and each song that came on was so appropriate! My Curse, Fountain & Fairfax, Gentleman by The Afghan Whigs were the first songs I heard. I've loved these songs since I listened to them repeatedly when I trained for my 1st marathon - the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon. Of course, I listened to these songs on a cassette Walkman back in the 90's. WOW, I'm old. Am I the only one who tried to untangle mangled cassette tapes while running?

I was at the last mile when I heard "I'll Be Fine" by Emmet Swimming. This was always one of my favorite songs but now it's bittersweet.

Emmet Swimming - Wake

This song reminds me of a girl I met when we were both seriously ill. I shared this song with her and she liked it a lot. Several months later, I learned that she died suddenly. Whenever I hear this song when I run, I start to cry because I think of her. This happened with such intensity during the race, I couldn't breathe. This experience reminded me of Dick Beardsley's experience at 1982 Boston Marathon. I was fortunate to hear him speak at Philadelphia Runner on May 3.

As I ran I thought...
- Her life was too short...
- I've come close to death but survived...
- I'm grateful to be alive...
- I'm grateful to be able to run...
So I kept running... And I finished!

Camera selfie after I crossed the Finish Line

1:29:02 (Personal Record)
Overall: 11,499 / 33,988
Gender: 4,207 / 19,018 
Division: 417 / 1,958
Pace: 08:54

Split 3 Mile: 00:27:24
Split 5 Mile: 00:45:15
Split 7 Mile: 01:03:07

Arriving home from the race

Surprise waiting for me from my daughter

As I reflect on my experiences, I realize I was:
- Anxious & remained (relatively) calm
- Humble & asked for help
- Understanding & offered forgiveness
- Appreciative & offered gratitude
- Joyful & shared humor
- Ran my own race & set a personal record!

Broad Street Run Media Coverage
6 ABC - Broad Street Run
NBC 10 - Broad Street Run
Main Line Media News - Main Line runners leave mark at Broad Street Run

Broad Street Run Race Recaps

2012 Blue Cross Broad Street Run by Coach Kristie

Race Report: Broad Street 10 Miler, aka the Family Duel

The Turnip Farmer

Mainly Running

Main Line House Wife - Cecily Tynan Beat Me Recap of the 2012 Broad Street Run

Designed to Run - Rob Savarese

Will Run for Margaritas - Redemption Run Broad Street 10 Miler

An unexpected turn on race day - Beth Wallace

Running the race at last - John Quinn


American Blondie - Broad Street Run Recap

Blogs by Tara - race recap: broad street run 2012

Every Day Is Run Day - The Return: Broad Street Run Recap

Dietician on the Run - Broad Street 10 Miler: Run Down & Out

40,000 runners take part in the Broad Street Run! Posted by TriState Media
Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy - Broad Street Run 10 miler 2012

Midnight Blue Says... 2012 Broad Street Race Recap

Busy, Bold, Blessed - Broad Street Run Race Recap!

Runner's ID: Broad Street Run Race Recap!

Broad Street Run Recap–Spectacular

MegMacks - Recap: Broad Street Run 2012

Race Recap: Philadelphia Broad Street Run BY THECURVYROADRUNNER

Cucina Amanda - Race Recap: 2012 Broad Street Run

Run the long road - Spontaneity aka Broad Street Run recap

Running in the Real World - Broad Street Run 2012

Are We Having Fun Yet? A Race Recap of the Broad Street Run by ELIZATHON

Beth's Journey - Race Recap - Broad Street Run

What we talk about when we talk about the Broad Street Run - BY ZACHARY WILCHA

Running With Cupcakes - Broad Street Run Recap

One Foot Here, One Foot There My Life, Redefined. - Broad Street Run, Race Recap

I JUST GOTTA DO THIS: An amateur's path to the Broad Street Run

All the different Broad Street ‘runner types’ BY ABBY BAKER

Miles Covered - Broad Street Run Registration Problems

A Pinch of Ginger - Broad Street Recap 2011

And Her Little Dog Too - 2009 Broad Street Run Race Recap


Skye said...

What a great race recap and round up of other recaps! You are a rockstar!

TWINS RUN in our family said...

Thanks! I'll keep adding links as I find them, too! I love when I find links to multiple race recaps in one place! :-)

Aimee said...

I did beat Broad Street. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading more from you on your running adventures :))

I think it is so cool that you run with Team Lemon. Such a great cause!

TWINS RUN in our family said...

Thanks Aimee! :-)

Janet Oberholtzer said...

Great recap and great run! Good for you.
And I love your reflection at the end... way to go!

TWINS RUN in our family said...

Thanks Janet! :-)

Elisabeth Welch-McClellan said...

Congratulations! What a great race, nice medal! SO glad you have a friend who came to your rescue on the babysitting front.. such a great person. Nice Job on your 10 miler!

TWINS RUN in our family said...

Thanks Lisa! :-)

Canuck Mom said...

It is so nice to "meet" other Team Lemon runners. I am one too. The Marine Corp Marathon this year will be my 3rd race for them and my hubby's first on the team. I am a Registered Nurse here in North Carolina and have worked with the oncology children in the past. They inspire me. I also run for them in honor of my father who passed from cancer in 2007. I am Stand Ambassador here in NC. I love following your blog and hope to meet your sister and you someday. In fact it appears we even wear the same sparkle skirts.:). Love it!!

TWINS RUN in our family said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to write and it's nice to "meet" another Team Lemon runner! :-) Thanks for following our blog too and good luck with the Marine Corp Marathon! That was my 1st marathon in 1995 and I loved it! Hope we have the chance to meet someday, too!

Jenereesa said...

Loved this recap so much and it's definitely serving to get me more pumped up for May 5th, 2013!

Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm not a fast runner but this will be my first 10 miler so I'll PR by default! ;)


TWINS RUN in our family said...

Thanks so much Jeneressa and have a great race in May! :-)