This Sunday is the Broad Street Run (which I talked about in my Spring race preview in this blog post). The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a 10 mile point-to-point course (named one of the fastest 10 mile courses in the country by Runner’s World Magazine and also the largest 10 mile races in the country) that starts at Central High School, takes through the various neighborhoods of Philadelphia, and ends in the Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street in South Philadelphia. I know a lot of people that are running this 10 mile race and I hope that they all do well! As of now the weather looks great so fingers crossed that it stays that way! I am not running in this race but I will be cheering everyone else on and I am sure I will get my own long run in at some point this weekend.
School has been super busy and hectic with submitting my portfolio (new evaluation system they have in place), IEP annual review/transition to the high school meetings (I am a Special Education Teacher), and state testing. Add in the craziness of trying to keep my house clean, food well stocked, and 2 little boys entertained and injury free and it is safe to say I have been busy. It is has been hard to run a whole lot as well as post on my blog but I am hoping as things settle down over the next few weeks I will be able to do more of both!
So here is some cool stuff you may not know about another awesome running friend of mine, Kelly. Check out why she runs!
Who are you?
Kelly W., 28 years old, hubby is Matt, High School Math Teacher
When and Why did you start running?
I started running regularly to stay in shape after college in 2008. My max was about 4 – 5 miles until I decided to run my first half marathon in September 2011. The rest is history… :)
Are you currently training for a race? If so, which race(s)?
I am currently training for the Wildwood Half Marathon on May 18, 2014.
What is your goal for your race? Just to finish or to finish in a certain time?
My goal is to run the Wildwood Half in 2 hours. This is the first race where I have a goal time in mind. My best half marathon time to date is 2:17.
Have you run any races before? If so, which ones?
Previous Races: Philadelphia Marathon (2013), ODDyssey Half Marathon (2012), Broad Street 10 – miler (2012), and the Philadelphia Rock N Roll Half Marathon (2011), plus a few 10K’s and 5K’s thrown in the mix…
When do you run? Is it hard to find time to train?
I love to run in the morning! But, for me, morning runs only seem to happen on the weekends or during summer break. When school is in session, I just cannot get up before work to run…so I run after work.
I find it hard to train for races while working. I have the luxury of summers off (yay, teachers!), so I make training my “job” during that time. While working, I do my best to get my runs in after school but I find it especially hard during the winter months. In NJ, it is often super cold and snow-covered which forces me to run on the gym treadmill – which I hate.
Do you run with music? What do you like to listen to? What are some of your favorite running songs?
I have to run to music. If my iPod dies, I am headed home. I listen to a mix of rock music…classic to folk to alternative. My favorite songs change from week to week.
What is your favorite piece of running gear?
I love my Mizuno Inspire 9’s. They are the best running shoes I have ever owned. They are light an supportive, and come in some awesome color combos! I also love to run in anything Under Armour. Under Armour shorts, capris, and pants fit me the best so I keep going back to them.
What do you love about running? What do you dislike about running?
I love that running clears y head. And, opposite of that, it gives me time to think. I love that it constantly challenges me and gives me a great sense of achievement. It allows me to take my body past limits I have created in my mind.
I dislike that sometimes that I just don’t want to get out and run. But when I force myself to do it, I feel a million times better!
How does running make you feel?
Running makes me feel like I have accomplished something (especially after completing a marathon!). It makes me feel strong physically, but probably more so mentally. It pushes me and challenges me and keeps me on a schedule. And I love it!!