Even though work, life commitments and a foot-injury scare have curtailed my running lately, I was able to get in a couple of nice runs in the last week or so ahead of Philly’s 10-mile Broad Street Run on May 1.
After two runs on consecutive days earlier this month, I felt a bit of pain in my left foot so I started wrapping and icing it. After a few days, the pain went away so I tried running again after taking a week off. I wasn’t going to push it and went out that morning thinking I would only go a mile or so, but I felt pretty good and wound up doing 3.1 miles at an 8:59-per-mile pace — the first time I had completed a sub-9:00 5K distance run in a long time. And, more importantly, my foot felt fine.
This past weekend, I set out to do another 3.1-mile run…but, again, I felt pretty good early on and thought to myself, “Eh…you’ve got 5 miles in you, today, right?” And when I hit the 3-mile mark, I was like, “Well, if you’re doing 5, you might as well get in a 10K-distance (6.2-mile) run.” And that’s what I did. It wasn’t a great time (1:01:48), but it was my longest run since completing the Trenton Half Marathon in 2:15:43 last November and I felt pretty comfortable. However, I was more than three minutes off my last 6.2-mile time of 58:15 in South River, NJ’s Frost on the Pumpkin 10K last October.
So I still have some work to do, but I’m finally starting to feel that my 2016 Broad Street Run time won’t be too far off my 1:36:17 time in 2014.
However, as I’ve mentioned here earlier, I need your help! I’ve entered the Broad Street Run this year through the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNATION program since I didn’t get selected through the race’s entry lottery. But this means I have the opportunity to raise funds for cancer research and treatment.
Within the past year and a half, a friend and former supervisor/colleague died a month shy of her 50th birthday after fighting breast cancer for 13 years, and a longtime neighbor of mine while growing up succumbed to brain cancer at an all-too-young 61.
In short, cancer sucks — I’m pretty sure we’re all in agreement on that — so help me run in this year’s Broad Street Run AND raise money for cancer research and treatment by making a donation at the link below.