As I train my tail off for the Philly marathon, I love thinking about the literally thousands of other people doing the same – for both the full and the half. Four of those people are dear running buddies. They are all newcomers to the half-marathon and it has just been so much fun watching them progress through their training plans. My favorite (get ready for a surprise) is when they do their long runs. Since they are popping their half cherries, every week brings a new personal distance record for them. It was one thing when they were running 4 or 5 miles. But this week they made it up to 8 miles – and that is where shit gets real. You can’t fake 8 miles, you can’t just bang it out without having laid some previous groundwork and you can’t beat the feeling of finishing it strong! I am happy to report that these four – GD, Tiff, Diane and Sam – completed it looking amazing! Add in the bonus of Meg, who along with Dave is up from Atlanta, and you had a dream team of birder/runners (yup, the slashies were in full effect!). I biked along behind because I am magnetically drawn to anyone running in Cape May, it’s a real serious condition I am dealing with here 🙂
Sam later eBirded their finds and they tallied 46 species – falcons , a Sora and Clay-colored Sparrows among them. Nice work on the miles and the run list, guys!
With about 7 weeks until the big show, these guys are sitting pretty. They have been putting the time in but their biggest challenges are still to come. As with everyone else running Philly, October is their monster month. But armed with their determination, their GU’s and their eagle eyes, they are primed to slay the beast. Go, Philly Four, go!!!!
What is the furthest you have run?
What is your goal this fall?