Stroehmann Bakeries Run Against Hunger 5K

Normally I don’t sign up for 5K’s willingly.  The last time I did a 5K was back in October and even then, I was planning on running the 10K but I wasn’t doing the same loop 4 times.  I had to come back to Philadelphia Wednesday night from Renovo, PA to take care of some things on Thursday and was told I didn’t have to drive the 4 hrs back for work on Friday.  On Friday, I headed to Philadelphia Runner to sign up for a 5 Mile race, the Gener8tion Run 8K.  If I would have read correctly, I would have gone to the correct Philadelphia Runner Store in University City.  Instead, I ended up at their Center City location (at 5:30 on a Friday, no less).  Instead, I ended up finding the Hunger Coalition 5K run and walk.  I didn’t realize I was signing up for the 5K until after I signed the waiver (I do know how to read, I promise!).  Needless to say, I had a bib and a shirt.  And, we’re talking basic bib here:

This morning, I made my way to the Art Museum steps.  I parked my car about 1/2 mile away from the start.  Worked for me since I wanted to do around 8 miles anyways.  I ran about 5 minutes to the start and waited about 10 minutes before the race started.  When we lined up, we were waiting for a gun or horn start.  However, we heard something on the microphone and a buzzer and we were off, something we weren’t expecting.  We were shocked by the quick start.  Off we went down Kelly Drive and hit some Irish Step Dancers before mile 1.  A short time later, we hit the turnaround point at a little over 1.55 miles.  I was at roughly 12-13 minutes at the halfway point.  I began making my way back on some sore legs after a 7.5 mile run yesterday.  Back, past Boat House Row, the Irish Step Dancers, the traffic on I 76.  We crossed the path leading up to the Art Museum and up a slight incline to where we started.  The clock read just under 26 minutes.  I finished in 26:12, 17th/135 in my age group of 20-29 yo females.  Woot!!  I grabbed a water and got some hydration and made the 1/2 mile run back to my car.

Afterwards, I went and finished another 4 miles, grand total of 8 for the day.  If only I would have been able to read and go to the correct Philadelphia Runner to sign up for the 5 mile (and not the 5K) race I wanted.  Lesson of the day: check your location!

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