Today, when I packed my running gear, I had the thought of running somewhere different.
On a Thursday, I normally don't go into the city of Philadelphia, but I had to, so where better to run, than Kelly Drive, and relive some of the magic of the Marathon course.
It was a nice day to run, with the sun out, temps in the high 40's, and a slight breeze.
There was a nice mix of walkers, bikers & runners out.
I wanted to stay close to the 5 mile range, I didn't want to overdue it, like last week. I started out around the Art Museum, and ran one of the few hills that were part of the Marathon course. As I was running it, I remembered this part of the course, and I could hear our pace group leader pushing us up and down the hill. Man, he was good, Pacer Dan! He kept us at such an even pace, I really owe him, he made my marathon experience awesome.
Anyway, I headed out Kelly Drive, and turned around, when the Garmin hit 3 miles. I felt good, and thought about going further, but came to my senses, and headed back towards the Art Museum. When I got around Boathouse Row, I got to thinking about how the crowd grew, the cheering intensified, and it pushed me to the finish. When I made the right turn, and saw the finish, it was an awesome site. I first saw my sister in law, and a littler closer to the finish I saw my wife & brother in law. Thinking about that today, running, made it seem as if it just happened.
It was a great run, and I really enjoyed myself.
5.7 miles 46:39 (8:11 mile avg.).
The last 2 days, I listened to the new U2 album.. I'll give it a thumbs up. If you are a fan of U2, I'd say go out and buy No Line on the Horizon, it's a solid album... do we still call them albums?