Hey! So here goes nothing on the whole “Ken blogging about stuff going on” thing. Basically, this is something that I’ve been wanting to do for over a decade now, but just never really got around to it for one reason or another. I’m going to give it a whirl, and I figured the most off-season of times for bobsledding would be probably the best time to get things going. So here it is, KenChilds.com in it’s relative glory, for what it’s worth anyway. My apologies if it’s relatively awful to start with, but I promise I’ll get the hang of it.
So what have I been up to over this time? Well if we start at the 2003 date that I bought KenChilds.com, probably a lot. So we’ll narrow it down to May 1 and start from there, shall we?
I spent the weekend in beautiful Philadelphia, PA running the Broad Street Run. Once upon a time, 3
0+ years ago, a thousand folks ran 10 miles from one end of Broad Street to the other. Fast forward to 2015, and I joined in on the fun. Of course, the race has grown from the 1,000 entrants to 40,000+ every year. There’s a lottery to get in, of which I’ve been lucky enough to get through on both attempts so far.
Last year was my first, and it was a good time: It was warm (maybe a little too warm) and sunny, and I may have all but sprinted the first five miles. That, of course, led to what felt like the slowest final five miles in history. My overall time last year was 1:41:03, not great but not bad all things considered.
Fast forward to this year’s event. Entirely different circumstances. The weather was just awful, with a high of around 45 and a steady rain
the whole morning. On top of that, there was a headwind for most of the run. Broad Street is a straight shot, and some parts just lends itself to a wind tunnel effect, leading to me running in a headwind full of rain and cold for at least half of the 10 mile run. Good times, I promise.
I was relatively happy with how I paced myself this time. I was still probably a little quicker than I needed to be out the gate, but fell into what I thought was a pretty decent rhythm. I don’t keep track of my time on the course, but it felt much better this time from miles 5-10. Unfortunately, I think starting further back in the corral than I’d originally planned on led to me being held up a bit, and I missed last year’s time by 8 seconds, finishing with a 1:41:11. Funny enough, of the 40,000+ people signed up to run, just over 34,000 people ran it, meaning at least 6,000 people sat out the race likely due to weather. Man, if you’re going to sign up for the race, go run the race!
I’m not really one to make a bunch of excuses as to why I sucked it up somewhere, but in the midst of a 6 1/2 hour drive home, I came up with a few things that went wrong on this one. For starters, after the half marathon in Raleigh (Rock n’ Roll Raleigh) I injured my knee while stretching. Okay, so a medicine ball was dropped on my knee, which has caused some residual pain while continuing training. On top of that, I was a bit of a ninny about stretching on cold, wet asphalt and in turn didn’t stretch as much as I usually do before a race. I wasn’t terribly tight during the race, but definitely could feel it later on in the run.
That all said, the Broad Street Run is definitely one of my favorites. It’s by far one of the biggest (even larger than the Rock & Roll Las Vegas…we’ll get into that later this year) that I’ll run in, and the challenge of a mostly downhill run in that sized crowd is definitely unique. I like to think that as long as I keep getting into the race (again, that whole “lottery” thing) I’ll keep making the trip up to Philly. It’s a good time, and maybe at some point I’ll manage not to drop the ball on the way I run the whole 10 miles.
One last thought: The number of people who were out cheering runners on was amazing. In 2015 it was a huge crowd, as expected when it’s nice and sunny and warm out. But this year, there were just thousands upon thousands of people lined up along the road and at the finish area in the cold and rain, and it was pretty inspirational. So on the very off-chance you’re reading this, and were out there, thank you! It was a blast, and hopefully I’ll see Philly like that again in 2017.