Note to self: Learn how to make spaghetti squash. This isn’t optional.
Last May, I ran the Broad Street 10 Mile Run. If you want to read my race recap from last year, you can read it here!
This year, they decided to have a lottery for registration. The Broad Street run is the most popular 10 mile run in the country. Last year, registration sold out in just a few hours. To make it fair this year, they opted on doing a lottery system. They gave everybody from February 4th-16th to register for the race. They would then randomly choose from the pool of people and e-mail them telling them if they were randomly chosen from the lottery or not.
I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to run this race again because a lot has been going on lately (stressed, busy, off and on track, etc) and it honestly just wasn’t the first thing on my mind. So, February 16th rolls around and I get an e-mail saying it’s my last chance to register for the lottery. After a little bit of pondering, I decided to just sign up for the race because I figured I probably wouldn’t have a chance getting in (especially being one of the last people to sign up) and well, it couldn’t hurt to sign up.
Lo and behold, two days later I got an e-mail when I woke up confirming that I got into the race!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was SO excited. I really thought I wasn’t going to make it. So many people want to run this race and to be fortunate enough to be selected made me feel so grateful. It was just the motivation I needed. Lately, everything has just been so off. As soon as I got that e-mail, it made my day so much better. I’m so psyched, you guys! I want to have a PR (personal record) from last year’s race time. Running is my absolute FAVORITE thing to do. It is not only a source of exercise for me, but a passion as well.
Because I ran this exact same race last year, I have experience. I’m no longer a newbie. I have an idea what to expect. I also have more knowledge, strength, and determination under my belt. A lot less trial and error… which is such an exciting thought.
Last year, I ran this race with a minor groin injury due to me not properly stretching after one of my training runs. Looking back, I learned so much from that. I now stretch after EVERY work out session and am proud to say I’m injury free (knock on wood! lol).
There are a lot of things I’m going to do differently this time around besides stretching (like no carb-loading on pancakes again. Big no-no for my digestive tract). I’m just so excited to put everything I learned this year into full effect and shave a good bit of time off of last year’s time. This is honestly EXACTLY what I needed in my life to get sincerely back on track.
Let’s do this!