Broad Steet 10 Miler {recap}

Redemption feels really good, especially when it comes in the form of a new PR.    

I didn’t talk much about running Broad Street 10 Miler.  I wasn’t registered until 5 days before the race, when a good friend was able to secure a last-minute bib.  Plus, I didn’t know what my legs (or body) were capable of 3 weeks post-Boston.  In my head, Broad Street was my {redemption run} but I didn’t let many people know that I was running.  It couldn’t be redemption if I didn’t run hard and fast.     

My {redemption run} didn’t let me down – it’s exactly what I needed post-Boston.  I’m in a good place these days: back to running, a new PR, and a new focus for the summer (short and fast races).  But, every few days I get the urge to run an impromptu marathon – especially in the wake of Eugene Marathon, where every runner I know ran a major PR.  It’s hard when you dedicate 14 weeks of your life to training (training harder than I’ve ever worked for anything) and the one thing you can’t control lets you down.  It’s a hard thing to get over.  That’s exactly why I needed Broad Street.  It’s how Broad Street redeemed me.

Broad Street 10 Miler was a great race – point-to-point, fast, and fairly flat.  I felt really good, considering I haven’t had high mileage weeks or speed/tempo workouts since before Boston.  At the start of the race I saw Cris, a Capital Area Runners teammate, and tried to run behind her for as long as I could (until about Mile 8).  She’s faster than I am, so it was great motivation to stay as close as possible for as long as possible.  Thanks for pushing me, Cris!  My legs started to fatigue around Mile 7 but with a 5k left, I knew that I could push through the pain and finish strong.  I ran a new PR (by 2+ minutes) and totally redeemed myself.     

Time: 1:06:20 (6:38 pace)
Overall: 650/33,982
Sex: 81/19,018
Age Group: 32/5090   

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Post-race, with my friend Jess

Broad Street 10 Miler was really well organized, had plenty of water stops, and awesome volunteers.  Logistically, a point-to-point race can be hard, and I think Broad Street needs some help, especially as the race grows.  My suggestion: more shuttle buses to the start, and more trains on race morning.  I did, however, love the medal – medals are my newest obsession (especially after receiving my Boston medal).

This was such a fun weekend.  I love racing, but it was fun to see my friends and drink some margaritas {it was Cinco de Mayo}.  I can’t wait for next year!

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  1. Congrats on a great race!

  2. Holy wow! Speedy lady – and your ABS are ABS-olutely AMAZING!

  3. Great finish and pace!

  4. Nice work on the redemption! (great pace as well) I also had a redemption race after Boston… it was needed.

  5. CONGRATS! You deserved HUGE amounts of redemption and I’m glad you got it. 66 is such a killer 10 miler. I’m SO glad you had a way to show yourself and the world how hard you worked for those 14 weeks.

  6. Congrats! You are fast! I can’t believe that people finished ahead of you! They must’ve been running around a 5:00 pace — crazy!

  7. Congratulations! That’s an incredible time. You are so fast. Great job M!

  8. Daniella says

    Congrats! Great job redeeming yourself. 🙂

  9. Congrats! Love reading about everything your doing! Next time let me know when your in Philly! I was out watching that race (as I live 4 blocks away) and would have loved to see you and cheer you on!!! 🙂 Its been a long time since UCF! Kepp up the awesome running!!!

  10. Rock on! Happy to have helped!

  11. Great job! Congrats!

  12. congrats!

  13. Awesome race!!

  14. HOLY COW you are fast!!! I’m so glad you had such an awesome redemption race – that is seriously a fantastic time/pace!!! =) =) Congrats, Melody!

  15. Jen Smith says

    yay! so happy for you Mel!

  16. Jessica Matsakis says

    YAY!!! Nice work Mel!!! I loved seeing you and loved that I made the blog!!! XOXOX

  17. Congratulations! Sounds like a great race and just what you needed.

  18. Congrats! (wow your abs are amazing!)

  19. Great job on a speedy race, I bet that felt so great!

  20. Nice work! Loved your guest post on Jess’s blog:)

  21. Smokin’ fast! Congrats to you–I’m sure that felt incredible. I love Broad St., although I’ve never had good luck with it. One year I had a fever and the next it was HOT (and you know how much fun that is!).

  22. Yeah! I am so happy for you. Great job, Melody! I was thinking about you all morning.

  23. Way to go out there Speedy!!! May this be but the first of many new PR’s to come this year!

  24. Wow! Great race! I am glad it went well for you! And you have abs of steel! You can tell you’ve put in a lot of hard work! Way to go!

  25. Amazing!! That’s my 5k pace. 🙂 You were flying… congrats on a perfect redemption run! I used to live in Philly and would ran it a few years with friends… hope to get back there at some point!

  26. Congratulations on your successful redemption race and your PR. What a great feeling to have going into the summer. I think that I am the only person on this entire planet that ran Eugene and didn’t PR. What an EPIC FAIL on my part. I really need to figure out my tummy issues if I ever decide to race again. Boo.

  27. Congratulations! Malinda, the slow(er) 1/2 of TWINS RUN in our family, ran PR 1:29:02 (last BSR in 1999 was 1:46:23) since she repeated the BQ fast(er) twin’s mantra “Each Mile’s A Gift, Negative Splits!” Love that we’re improving with age since we turn 41 next week ! 🙂

  28. Stephanie M. says

    Congrats on your race Melody!

  29. Congrats on the new PR and I’m glad you feel redeemed from Boston. Obv Eugene put performance enhancers in the water hence all the ridiculous fast PR’s there 🙂

  30. Congratulations!!!! What an amazing time!!!

  31. Wow I need to get on your training program,
    what a great run and a great time!

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