In its inaugural year, the Philly LOVE Run Half Marathon(held by CGI Racing) was a spectacular success despite the challenges involving weather. My experience went a little something like this...
|It's always sunny in Philadelphia...|
The day before the race I went out on a solo trail run which in hindsight was pretty stupid given the chance of injury as well as risking fatiguing myself right before the race. It all worked out in the end though, I had fun, got in some good vert, and enjoyed some nice views:
Continuing with the "being dumb" theme, nutrition for the remainder of the day was well, less than ideal. The only thing I did right in this department was constantly sip water all day, probably getting in 100+oz. I mean, that'll offset my stellar pre-race dinner of Loaded Fries, Fried Cheddar Broccoli Bites, BBQ Wings and diet soda...right?
The weather was crappy all weekend, hovering in the low to mid 40's and constant rain at varying degrees of intensity. But the 2 hour drive out to Philly was uneventful and I arrived at the expo around 2pm. Getting to the expo was a little difficult, even after arriving at the convention center; LOVE Runners had to navigate through the labyrinth of Gospel Singing Conventions and Karate Competitions.
Being its first year, the expo pretty much blew me away. It felt like I was at a race expo for a big city marathon (albeit a little smaller in square footage). There were hundreds of volunteers and everything went as smooth as it possibly could.
|Signing the LOVE floor|