So much fun running Midnight Madness this weekend! Sunday morning’s midnight run, Philly’s glow-in-the-dark illuminated race, started at Lloyd Hall and covered the 8.4 mile Schuylkill River Running Loop. The Stroehmann Back on my Feet In24 Philadelphia 24-hour race weekend featured an Ultra-Marathon, Relay Challenge, Midnight Madness and 5K to benefit Back on my Feet, a national organization that uses running to help the homeless transform their lives.
The best part about the Midnight Madness Run, besides the fact that it started at midnight, was everyone’s energy. It was awesome and I wish more races started at midnight! I can’t say my thoughts were too entertaining over 8.4 miles but I always blog my races mile by mile so here you go…
mile 1: Why is the first mile always the hardest? Mind tells the body what to do. Mantra: pick it up, peach. #midnightmadness
mile 1.5: Really, Keli? So you want to be an Ironman again and you’re thinking about how far you’ve gone after just a mile? Ha! Over and over my mind repeats “pick it up, peach.”
mile 2: My iphone is at 40% battery life. I’m working on call so I shouldn’t take pictures (well, maybe one or two) or use my run keeper. I’m listening to my Ironman song and feeling great now. Loving passing the Ultra runners headed past us in the opposite direction and telling them how awesome they are.
mile 4: Really? Half way already? Awesome. I’m visualizing Ironman Maryland as I run.
mile 7: Isn’t the art museum gorgeous at 1:00am? I can’t believe just 1 1/2 years ago the thought of 8.4 miles sounded so far. Piece of cake.
mile 8: That went fast. With just a half mile to go let’s pick it up, peach!
Finish line: Scott high fives me and I yell “You are an Ironman” because we’re both doing Ironman Maryland 60 days from today. 60 days, yay!
It’s now 60 days until Ironman Maryland and I’m in a totally different place than I was at 60 day to Ironman Los Cabos. Thank goodness. I am still a little surprised I signed up to do this all again and not sure it’s fully sunk in. I am happy to say that even though I recently mentioned training for this Ironman has been a slight challenge I do not feel nervous and usually feel pretty excited about this race. I’m really excited to see my IMLC friends that I’ve kept in touch with who are also doing IMMD along with the new people I’ve met doing IMMD. I think I have my race goals set but I’m not quite ready to blog them. You know what’s weird though? I realized this week that I’ve never watched a triathlon before so I’m pretty excited to cheer on triathlon club friends at Ironman Lake Placid this weekend!
Just remember to stay in the moment, take it day by day, and keep going. Until next time…