Today was another lovely fall day in Philly. I met Andrew at the park right after work for a run so that he could get home in time for the Eagles game. He always asks me how far I’ll try to run, and today I said “3 miles” without even pausing to think about it. My goal this week is to do over 10, so I’ve got to start the week off right! I was feeling awesome throughout the run and just let my body dictate how fast to go without listening to the annoying negative voice in my head. After the first mile, I was kind of shocked how fast I was going but I didn’t want to slow down. Mile 2 was filled with hills, but I was still making good time. Once I got to 2.5, I realized that I was going to break 30 minutes! I haven’t done that since April, and even then I’d only done it a few times. I was so excited that I literally flew the last half mile. I had to take a picture for proof that this actually happened!
I also set a new record for my mile time at 8:58! I broke 9 minutes! I seriously was jumping up and down with my arms in the air, I think my husband thought I was crazy! It’s amazing how one fantastic run can make you feel so much better. This gives me hope that I’ll break 30 minutes in my next 5k, which has been my goal for a year now!
Setting these new milestones is getting me really excited for fall racing season. I love fall weather, so I filled my calendar up with as many fun races as I could. I’ve also decided to actually go after my goal of running a race in all 50 states!
- September 28th: Corn to Run 5k in Millsboro, DE. The race course is a plowed trail through a corn field! And it’s near the beach so you know where I’ll be right after the race 🙂
- October 19th: Runners World Festival 10k in Bethlehem, PA. How can I resist running with the editors and fellow readers of my favorite magazine?
- November 3rd: Cooper Norcross Run The Bridge 10k in Camden, NJ (and partially in PA while on the bridge). They’re closing down the Ben Franklin Bridge for thousands of runners, and we get to finish in the Camden Riversharks stadium!
I’m also definitely doing a Thanksgiving Day race – probably the Toss Your Turkey 5k in Pottstown, PA. I did that one last year and it made eating all that pumpkin pie soooo much more rewarding. I’m also possibly thinking about running a race while I’m in Maine over Columbus Day weekend, but I don’t want to get too crazy. But it would be nice to knock out a few more states on my list! And I need some more chances in there to break my 30 minute goal time!
Do you have any races lined up for the fall? Are there any cool races in the eastern US that I need to run ASAP?