Why Separate Knob?!
Why Separate Knob?!
If you aren't a Seinfeld fan, you may miss the point of this quote. In this episode, a marathoner retells the story of how he slept through Olympics. It wasn't the snooze but a separate knob for alarm and radio volume! ;-)
My babysitter was supposed to arrive at 5:30am. As the minutes passed, she was no where to be seen. Panic began to set in. I tried repeatedly to reach her by phone, text & email to no avail.
At 6am, I gave up. I called a friend and begged for help! She graciously offered to drive me to 30th Street Station. She also offered to take care of my daughter during the race. Words cannot express my gratitude for my friend's help!
My babysitter finally called me at 7am while I was on the BSL (Broad Street Line). It wasn't a knob, but her iPhone alarm didn't go off! :-( My babysitter was so apologetic, I immediately forgave her.
TWINS RUN together with Team Lemon to raise awareness & money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.We run 2gether 2 support Alex's Lemonade in memory of Leah's brother-in-law, Michael."Fighting childhood cancer, one race at a time!"Register to Join Team Lemon!
My identical twin, Leah, couldn't run with me as we planned. :-( Even though she was unable to run, Leah received a $150 donation on her behalf on May 6! We will run the Chicago Marathon together with Team Lemon!
Waiting for BSL...
On BSL 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.
My first Broad Street Run was in 1999 when there was a "record" field of 7,300! So, running with 40,000 was quite a different experience. I even "low five-d" Governor Ed Rendell after City Hall! :-)
Lemonade Jay Scott was running super fast in his lemon costume. I tried to keep up with him so I could say "Hi" but I couldn't catch up! You can see Lemonade Jay Scott (AKA "The Running Lemon") running ahead of me in the photo below.
During the race, it was so crowded 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 random to a play list and each song that came on was so appropriate! My Curse, Fountain & Fairfax, Gentleman by The Afghan Whigs were the first songs to come up on my random play. I love these songs since I listened to them repeatedly when I trained for my 1st marathon (Marine Corps Marathon) in 1995.
Of course, I listened to them on a cassette Walkman! WOW, I'm old! ;-) Just wondering, 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.
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...
Her life was too short...
I've come close to death...
I am grateful to be alive...
I am grateful I am able to run...
I kept running...
And I finished!
And I ran a PR!
After I crossed Finish Line...
Overall: 11,499 / 33,988
Gender: 4,207 / 19,018
Division: 417 / 1,958
Split 3 Mile: 00:27:24
Split 5 Mile: 00:45:15
Split 7 Mile: 01:03:07
On the school bus shuttle..
Outside my apartment with my medal...
Anxious & remained (relatively) calm
Humble & asked for help
Understanding & offered forgiveness
Appreciative & offered gratitude
Funny & shared laughter
Ran my own race & PR
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