|Emir and Niko running after our 6 miler on the trail|
|My NYCM medal and Giant 20th anniversary Philly medal|
So back to why Emir and I were running two marathons in two weeks. We signed up for the Philly Marathon a long time ago after we filled out the survey from last year's race. They gave us a discount and because it was early registration, the race ended up being fairly inexpensive. We figured that this would be our fall marathon and of course logistically it is an easy race for us. Plus this year was the 20th Anniversary so we figured it would be great to run an anniversary race. We were not disappointed as this year's shirts and medals were awesome! Running NYCM had never entered our heads until our sister-in-law convinced us to enter the lottery (read my NYCM race report). Once we found out we had spots in NYCM, we couldn't get a refund or defer Philly so the only answer was to run both races. And yes you would be correct that even if those options existed, we still would have run both anyway ;-)
Now here we were Friday of Marathon weekend. Emir's foot was feeling a lot better thankfully so he was going to give it a go. One nice thing about Philly is that even if you are signed up for the full, you can just finish at the half and get a half marathon medal, food, etc. Everyone runs together until right around 13 miles where the halfers turn to finish at the Art Museum and fullers continue on for the second half. So Emir had that as a back up in case his foot was too painful. We took the kids to the expo after work on Friday. Very typical big marathon expo with a couple of features that I think make it a little nicer than some. Not that we could take advantage but one nice bonus is a variety of lectures/talks on running that are free for anyone to attend. The second thing that I think is great is the Kid's Zone at the expo. Not only is there a kids race over the weekend but at the expo there is a whole section for kids. The have a huge blow-up bouncy thing for kids to play on, face painting, balloon making man and kids crafts, ALL FREE. Niko and Una had a blast. After that we went out to dinner, put the kids to bed and we stayed up a bit too late watching Breaking Bad.
|My sister Cindy and I at the expo|
Of course Niko woke up at 4 with a bad dream. Then Una woke up a bit before 6. We managed to get everyone back to sleep but then everyone was up for the day before 7. We went to the small zoo near us since the Berenstein Bears were going to be there (one of Niko's favorites). It was a great time but several hours on our feet.
|I work for MossRehab as an acute care PT at Einstein Hospital in Phlly|
|Perfect Motto for my 2nd marathon in 2 weeks" Challege Accepted!"|
We then jogged for the corrals. The first one we hit was black which is the first one after the elites who had already started. There was a huge opening to get in so we just hopped right in there. Literally a minute later they started us. Let me tell you despite Emir's initial "disagreement" with us about waiting in line too long, that was the best timed pottying I've ever done for a race to date! I didn't feel like I had to pee at all until the last few miles. They had announced that Mayor Nutter was on the right giving out high fives so I stayed over to that side on purpose. I am NOT into politics whatsoever so I have no idea if I agree with the Mayor's policies etc but what I DO know is that he comes out every year for the whole Marathon weekend, Broad Street Run and Susan G. Komen race for the cure to encourage everyone and give out high fives. And those are just the events I know of. For such a large city, I think it's pretty awesome and I give him a lot of credit for that. Anyway I stayed to the right got my high five from Mayor Nutter and off we went!