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Out & Back Party Run

I’m late, but this is really no surprise. Left work late & got stuck in the usual Friday evening traffic, which was warned about by the race organizer in several of the info emails. This was the 15th annual running of this race, with all proceeds going to the ALS Hope foundation. It’s four miles, starting at the Art Museum, curving back out West River Drive for two miles, then back for two miles, with a party at Lemon Hill afterward–beer and live music included. Terri Erbacher wanted to have a party, so off we went.

Having made it with only about 15 minutes to spare I had to rush to check in. Still a little clueless about the whole check-in thing. But I managed to get my number, t-shirt, and souvenir pilsner glass, find Christine & Terri, check my bag & even made it to the Honey Bucket with time to spare. I’m always amazed at how mobs can organize themselves. Did feel bad for the couple having their wedding photos taken at the Art Museum. Should have tried to photo bomb! I think I’m going to make that one of my goals for this year. Photo bomb everywhere possible.

The run was pretty good. I didn’t have music, having lost my phone (stupid), and Christine & I started out together but I lost her trying not to get trampled in the mass-chaos start. Settled into a rhythm and couldn’t believe the guy cheering at the first mile mark was really a whole mile. Second mile was boring, but pretty. Nice slow view of Boathouse Row & I paced myself with a couple of crew boats.

There were a variety of other runners. It definitely seemed to be a training race for some people, but others were quite fast–the first runners passed me coming back when I’d only hit a mile & a half. (“Don’t drink all the beer!” shouted one guy running my pace to the leader–who, honestly, didn’t look like he ever wasted calories on beer.) And there were some walkers too, even some little kids (I didn’t see any of them at the party afterward.)

I felt good running, not too tired. I’m just not a very fast runner. I realized though, between this race and the Broad Street Run two days later, that it’s not so much I’m pushing myself and getting out of breath. It’s my legs hurting that slows me up!! I did run intervals the last mile though. About 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off (well, storm drain to storm drain, anyway, which were extremely well marked, for some reason.) Still I felt great, and by the time I crossed the finish line at 53 minutes 44 seconds and walked to the water table, I was pretty much back to breathing normally again.

I’m a little confused at the time. That’s what the time was when I crossed the finish line, but I thought this was chip timed, meaning it would be the time when my bib crossed the finish line minus when it crossed the starting line. Maybe not. That was a 13.26 minute pace. I expect to have crossed a half marathon off my list by the time next year’s rolls around, so I’m going to shoot for a 12 minute pace — 48 minutes. Doesn’t sound like much, but after counting and averaging minutes after Broad Street, it’s a whole heck of a lot! šŸ™‚ But there are a lot of races between now & then, so who knows… šŸ™‚

The after party was neat, although it seemed to be the most random collection of post-race food: rolls (like white dinner rolls, just plain, no condiments like butter or peanut butter or anything!), bagels, cold tomato pie, soft pretzels. everything white flour that felt like a brick in my stomach. But we also discovered a few single cheese packs–what a freakin’ awesome idea–and some fruit snack things that were pretty awesome. Apparently we waited too long at the end. Note for next year: go straight to the party!

Next up, second race of the weekend…the Broad Street Run (10 miler! What was I thinking?)


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Broad Street Bandits

So I’ve been convinced to do the Broad Street Run. 10 mile race, Ten THOUSAND people. The registration opened and filled before I even knew it was open, but my friend Bill says it’s easy to sneak in. We’ll see….

More importantly it’s TEN miles. I’ve never run that far in my life. I’m afraid I’m going to be bored to death! And I lost my phone this morning, so there goes my MP3 capability. Unless it miraculously turns up somewhere. I’ve learned that music is a really important thing in terms of the pace and timing of my running. If Pandora is in a “slow songs” rut, then it takes me a little longer than if they’re playing Fatboy Slim or Daft Punk. I started my workout mix with Beyonce and Fatboy Slim, and now it’s all kinds of weird stuff, like Do-Wop and Stevie Wonder. I think I just need to delete the channel & start over. Its too difficult

I’d been having trouble with getting over 2.5 miles after running for about a month. I couldn’t figure it out, since I left off with five miles in the end of November, and had no trouble getting back to 1.5 once I started up again in February. But for some reason, I had a kind of block. Was too tired, or sore hip, etc. so I’d just stop when I got to the 2 mile mark. Then I remembered that the way I got into longer distances at first was by adding one minute every time. So now I’m adding two minutes, and now I’m over 3 miles so I’ll be adding 5 minutes to my last time every time I get out.

I’m trying to work on a workout schedule so I’ll be paced by the time I get to Broad Street, but that’s a lot of math! So I’ll just work on adding 5 minutes every time. Looks like it will take about 13 distance runs to get to 100 minutes. Which is a heck of a lot of running! And still probably not quite 10 miles. Going to take more than a few weekends, I think…. But bring it on Bill, bring it on….

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What 3 independently owned businesses wuld you miss?

Was at The Treehouse for a writers group this week. Saw a reference to the 3/50 project. Took me awhile to figure out what it was, but finally realized it was a movement to support locally owned businesses in the community. Nice!

What 3 locally owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared? Stop in & say hello; pick up some necessities rather than running to the Mega Chain, or buy something that brings a smile. “Locally owned” can be Storefront Retailers, who sell physical products; Other Brick & Mortar businesses, like restaurants or salons; and Franchises, like Hallmark, or Ace Hardware, that are independently owned but carry a brand/chain name.

The 50 is that if 50% of the employed population spent $50 a month in a locally owned business, over $42 billion would be generated in revenue. That figure apparently comes from a 2009 report from the US Labor Department.

And the other fun fact is that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 is returned to the community in the form of taxes, payroll, etc. If it’s a national chain, only 43%. Buying online brings nothing back to the community. Gulp.

I thought about my 3, and it’s pretty sad that I am having a hard time thinking of local businesses I go to a lot. I know the Treehouse would be one, and I love the Ace Hardware in Wilmington VT. There’s one in Westmont; think I’ll go there instead of Lowe’s next time I need some hardware! For the third. Hm. I can think of a lot of places I’d be sad to hear went away, but not really ones I frequent. So I guess that means I’d better start, eh?

1. Abbey Road — Music store across from the Treehouse. Some nights they play jazz into the street over the PA. Cool. I don’t really buy music anymore, but I should at least stop in, I think.

2. Ritz Theater — in Westmont. They had financial trouble a few years ago but incorporated as a non-profit and now receive grant funding. 2010 is the 25th anniversary season and the builiding is on the National Register of Historic Places. Great little bit of history. I volunteered here as an usher when I was in middle school, but haven’t been back in years. Ooh and look, they’re showing The Producers and Spamalot this season! Guess I’ll get tickets; would hate to see this old theater go the route of the Harwan. (100-year-old theater in Mt. Ephraim, torn down to build a Walgreens. Horrifying.)

3. I’ll say Lite-N-Up and John’s Friendly Market, both on Station Ave in Haddon Heights. John is in his 80s, and his “office” is a cushy desk chair in the middle of the canned goods aisle. He’s there every day. Great hoagies & deli. Lite-N-Up is owned by friends of the family, home made water ice and ice cream. Where I discovered chocolate covered bananas!

Ok there are my three, plus the Treehouse! Might as well add the Bishop’s Collar & the Ugly Moose, two places in Philly I like but haven’t been in ages. Hm, and now I’m thinking of the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Woolplay, the Pop Shop, Philadelphia Java Company, Chapter House….good to know there are more local places I frequent than I thought.

What are your three? šŸ™‚ The 3/50 Project

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