As with all races I had to be up super early. The sunrise outside of my hotel was pretty and I liked how my before picture came out.
I ran down to the lobby to meet up with Dave and the rest of Team Corey to all take the long walk to the start all together. By the time we got to the start it was warmer so I put my arm warmers in my bag to check and we hit the porto potty and then the start line.
For it being his first half Dave seemed super calm. I think that is just his demeanor....he is just a very chill person. I think this one of the things I like the best about him.
Not too long after this picture we were off. I set my watch to have us run 4 minute them walk 1 minute. The first part of the race was through a seemingly historic part of Philly. Dave was telling me all about the buildings we were passing and I think it was helping pass the time for both of us and we were genuinely having a great time.
When we got to this sign we were about 4-5 miles in and I think Dave was pretty excited as he never ran this far before. We then started running along a river. This course is so beautiful. The 4:1 ratio was getting to be a little much for Dave so we changed it up to 3:1. He was so awesome, I know he was getting tired and I think second guessing himself but yet never once complained or even stopped smiling.
Right about here we were about five miles in and Dave started to experience something every runner has dealt with and dread.....CHAFING!!! I think he suffered for a bit before he asked me what was happening.....I told him we would stop at the next medical stop and to just lube it up with vaseline and he would be good to go....I am not sure he believed me but he did it anyway LOL
|Dave pre vaseline application...lol|
|While Dave was in the Porto Potty I thought of Corey.....|
|I am pretty sure in his head he was thinking "We have to go allllllll the way back down there?!?!"|
|I purchased all the photos here.|
Once we met up with Team Corey we headed back to the hotel. while walking I was chatting with Brian....you will remember him from the Team Corey post and the Ocean to Sound relay post......in case you forgot who Brian was here is a photo of him that Christine sent me to put on the blog.......
|No not all NYC firemen look like this....LOL Yes we all want to be Christine right now huh? LOL|
All in All this was probably one of my favorite races. Everything was great, the trip down with Christine and Brian, being part of Team Corey and spending the day with Dave. I couldn't wait to do it again.