Race Report: Gore-Tex Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

They colored my green shirt purple for this green screen pic! (Island Photos)

I ran the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015 with race sponsor GORE-TEX, returning to the City of Brotherly Love for the third time as a runner. I’d scored a personal best at the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012, ran my third fastest 13.1-miler at the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon in 2014, and I was back to give the half-marathon another go on Sunday, November 22.

Nearly 22,000 runners finished races at the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, with 10,899 finishers in the half-marathon, another 9,159 in the marathon, and 1,910 in the 8K. And approximately 60,000 spectators lined the course to cheer us on. My husband, Phil, joined me, along with a bunch of our running teammates.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

We are the champions! (RunKarlaRun.com)

The event is a big city race with a small town feel. Unlike more crowded marathons in New York and Chicago, runners wander into corrals just 15 minutes or so before the race’s 7 a.m. start. The vibe is relaxed and unhurried. It feels like the city simply wants you to relax and have a good time. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is at the start and the finish passing out high-fives to runners, setting the tone for a friendly race experience.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Expo fun! (RunKarlaRun.com)

The Expo

The Comcast Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center has a great selection of vendors. Last year, I bought some last minute race items. This year, I picked up some Clif Shots and a Christmas present for Phil. Plus, it’s fun to try some GORE-TEX shoes and splash around in the water pools at the GORE-TEX booth.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Comcast Health & Fitness Expo (RunKarlaRun.com)

Seriously you guys, if you run in the rain or snow, you need a pair of these shoes. They’ve been a game-changer for me. New Balance, Brooks, Asics, Saucony, The North Face, Salomon, and La Sportiva all make running shoes with GORE-TEX lining. Just look for models with GTX in the name.

How does it work? The GORE-TEX lining has more than 9 billion pores per square inch. Each pore is 20,000 times smaller than a drop of water. That means rain, puddle water, snow, and the like can’t get into your shoes (unless they spill over the top). At the same time, those pores are 700 times larger than a water vapor molecule, so sweat can get out.

Your feet stay dry, your shoes stay breathable. It’s a win-win. If you’re among the 75% of runners who head outdoors in cold and wet weather, have ever run in soggy shoes and waited days for them them to dry out, check out some GORE-TEX kicks. I’ve genuinely become an evangelist for this brand. I love it.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

We’re ready to run! (RunKarlaRun.com)

The Start

Phil and I left our hotel—1.5 miles to the start—at 5:45 a.m. and found a cab within 5 minutes. We were on site by 6 a.m. How’s that for no muss, no fuss? That’s what I mean about Philly being a low-key race. You could never do that in New York. Don’t get me wrong: the New York City Marathon is my favorite race ever, but it’s refreshing to run a big-city race where getting to the start isn’t an ordeal.

Despite heightened security at all of the start area entry points, we waited less than 5 minutes to get into the staging ground.

We found a bank of port-a-potties close to the entrance that no one seemed to be using. So we didn’t have to wait in line at all. Love that! The bathrooms near the corrals closer to the start time are much more crowded.

Baggage was easy to find, and by the time we’d used the bathroom and dropped off our bag, we still had 35 minutes to kill before the start.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Corrals (RunKarlaRun.com)

Phil headed off into his Maroon corral, and I headed off to mine. I decided to hit the bathroom one last time, and waited about 15 minutes this time.

I got into my Green corral in plenty of time for the start, which was delayed 15 minutes. I placed myself in the back intentionally both because I figured I was one of the slower people there and because I wanted to have a slow first mile.

The Gold and Maroon corrals started together at 7:15. The other six corrals followed five minutes apart. At 7:25, it was my turn and I crossed that start at 7:27 a.m. in the back of the Green corral.

I had a good laugh at the Expo when I saw the corral chart.

Note the finish time for the Green corral (1:59:59), the single time for the Gray corral (2:00:00), and the start time for the Purple corral (2:00:01). That’s how many people want to run a 2 hour half, or 4 hour marathon—they get their own corral! The only reason I was in Green was because I’d put an anticipated finish time of 1:59:59 during registration. Wishful thinking!

Race Report: Gore-Tex Philadelphia Half Marathon 2014

Elevation

The Course

The Philadelphia Half Marathon course is mostly flat with a few big hills between miles 7 and 10. The race takes runners on a foot tour of the city’s beautiful historic buildings, narrow spectator-lined streets, charming neighborhoods, and waterfront views along the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.

Race Report: Gore-Tex Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Course Map

The course starts and finishes near the Philadelphia Museum of Art along Benjamin Franklin Parkway and tours Center City for the first six miles, passing landmarks like Love Park, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, South Street.

It then takes runners across the Schuylkill River into University City, where Drexel University students cheer loudly. The next few miles undulate as runners wind their way past the Philadelphia Zoo through Fairmount Park and back to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

At mile 13, half-marathoners break right to the finish and marathoners break left for the second half of the course—a 13 mile out-and-back along Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River, past the famous Boathouse Row, up to Main Street Manayunk and back to the Museum for the finish.

Hydration stations sit roughly every mile or two with seven total on the half-marathon course. I was able to see most of them coming, but one totally caught me by surprise and I almost missed it. Carb Boom Energy Gels were available just before Mile 10. Center City was packed with spectators, especially along the nearly two-mile stretch from miles 5 to 7 on Chestnut Street. The narrow street and thick crowds made it one of my favorite parts of the course, along with the loud screams of college students through University City.

With 22,000 runners in the half and marathon, those first 13.1 miles were pretty packed. I managed to have plenty of room to run most of the time, but in the early miles, narrower parts of the course, and at turns, I definitely felt the pinch. It wasn’t crowded enough to actually affect my race, but just a few more folks and it could have been. I’d suggest race organizers look at spreading people out into a few more staggered-start corrals.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2014

Runners after the finish (RunKarlaRun.com)

The Finish

The post-race spread at the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon & Half Marathon is one of my favorites: hot chicken broth with rice, a salty soft pretzel, rice chips, cashews, apple juice, oranges, bananas, orange juice, water, and Gatorade. I always down the chicken broth right away. It’s so warm and nourishing when your body temp plummets after the finish.

The walk through the finish area—including medals, heat sheets, finisher photos, food, and changing areas—is a little under a half-mile to the family reunion area, massage tents, and exit.

A photo posted by Karla Bruning (@runkarlarun) on

What I Wore

Both last year and this year, GORE-TEX sent me gear to race and train in. At the very last minute, I decided against wearing my gloves because it was just a touch too warm for them. But here’s what was in my kit, from bottom to top (all freebies, except the visor):

GORE-TEX Brooks Ghost 8 GTX Shoes

Nike Elite Compression OTC Socks

Sparkle Athletic Gunmetal Sparkle Running Skirt

GORE Sunlight Singlet

Puma PWRSHAPE Bra

Sparkle Athletic Turquoise Sparkle Sleeves

Sparkle Athletic Gunmetal Sparkle Headsweats Visor

Ready For GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon

Race shoes! (RunKarlaRun.com)

Karla’s Race

Armed with the power of positive thinking, I set out to top my personal best of 2:00:30 and run sub-2 hour half-marathon. I had a race strategy in place, all the reasons why I would succeed committed to memory, and fully believed in myself when I crossed the start.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Working hard (Island Photo)

I wrapped my problem foot in KT Tape, slept in my plantar fasciitis splint the night before, and gave myself my best chance of having a great day.

In past races, and especially in past sub-2 hour attempts, I have struggled with doubts and negative thoughts that sometimes won the day.

But I’m happy to say that all the visualization and positive reinforcement really helped me in Philly. It didn’t help me in achieving my goal—my body and the headwind had other ideas. But I managed to delude myself for 11 miles that I was going to make magic happen.

As a result, I never stopped fighting, never gave up, and actually enjoyed the entire experience. Racing felt fun and exciting. I crossed the finish knowing I had given it my all and I was pleasantly surprised by how happy I felt. It’s a wonderful—and rare—feeling to finish a race with no regrets.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Cindy’s team sign (RunKarlaRun.com)

The first two miles were very crowded, which helped me rein in my pace. My first mile was slower than planned, the second and third right on target with my race plan to ease into a 9:10 pace.

Mile 1 Target: 9:20
Mile 1 Actual: 9:55

Mile 2 Target: 9:15
Mile 2 Actual: 9:18

Mile 3 Target: 9:10
Mile 3 Actual: 9:07

After the first three miles, I was just 35 seconds behind the plan and felt great. Like really great. Like so great I was convinced that this was my day. I’d planned to start slow, so I didn’t mind being slightly behind schedule.

My dear friend, Cindy, had come out to cheer with some amazing signs in tow. I first saw her between Miles 1 & 2 with our running team sign.

Somewhere around here I also bumped into my friend Jen aka MomsGottaRun. What a pleasant surprise! We chatted for a second, then I was all, “I’m pushing the pace today,” and ran off.

Now for the bad news/good news.

The bad news: What I didn’t realize was that for much of the first three miles, we had a nice tailwind. From Mile 3.5 to Mile 11, once we were headed north and west, we had a rough headwind. How rough? Wind speeds were 13 to 18 mph with gusts between 20 and 29 mph. Oof.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Wind

Even the spectators among my friends fought the wind. Cindy said it literally almost blew her over at one point. She had lots of cheer signs that made nice sails.

The good news: I was so delusional and steeped in positivity that I gave the wind zero credence. Yes, I felt it, especially the gusts. But it didn’t even remotely dawn on me that the wind might be a factor. I was running my race, full steam ahead!

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Why do I have a crazy look on my face? (Island Photo)

I pushed along my usual 9:00-9:10 effort level, but found it hard to maintain that 9:10 pace as planned.

Mile 4 Target: 9:10
Mile 4 Actual: 9:16

Mile 5 Target: 9:10
Mile 5 Actual: 9:28 (took a walk break to eat a gel)

Mile 6 Target: 9:10
Mile 6 Actual: 9:19

I crossed the 10K mark in 58:40 and the half-way point in 1:01:30 even, 1:30 behind that Sub-2 pace.

Here’s the crazy thing. I succeed in deluding myself that I was now going to run a 1:30 negative split to finish in 1:59:59. So I started really pushing the pace.

Mile 7 Target: 9:10
Mile 7 Actual: 8:46

This turned out to be the fastest mile of my race. It also happens to be downhill. If only the next six miles were also slightly downhill. Ah, a girl can dream.

Mile 8 brought the longest climb of the race and a slight turn directly into the wind. I huffed and I puffed. But I didn’t blow the hill down. Mile 9 was a steep downhill and I tried to make up the time, but the wind just kept bowing. Still, I believed. Then Mile 10 brought the steepest hill of the course. I looked at my watch at the Mile 10 marker and knew that Sub-2 was not happening. I’d lost ground each mile.

Mile 8 Target: 9:20
Mile 8 Actual: 10:40 (the long hill)

Mile 9 Target: 9:00
Mile 9 Actual: 9:43

Mile 10 Target: 9:20
Mile 10 Actual: 10:37 (the steep hill and a gel stop)

Somewhere around here my friend Jen caught up to me. I cheered “Go get it!” She said, “It’s not over yet!” And I let her drift away. She was right. I still believed I could run my second fastest half-marathon ever, besting 2:05:15, and beat my time from the Philly Half the year before, 2:05:42. After all Miles 10-12.5 are mostly downhill or flat. Last year I ripped through them in 9:16, 8:37, and 8:49. So I just kept pushing, fully believing I could salvage this race, completely not able to do mental math.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Thank you, Cindy! (RunKarlaRun.com)

I also saw Cindy again, carrying an amazing “Run, Karla, Run!” sign with a picture of Sorcerer Mickey! That gave me the boost I need to keep the dream alive. I dug deep for my final mile into the wind believing I magic in me!

Mile 11 Target: 9:00
Mile 11 Actual: 9:43

A 180 degree turn after the Mile 11 marker finally brought us southeast with the wind to our backs. I noticed the shift right away. It was glorious. It’s too bad I’d used up all of my gas fighting the wind and the hills. It’s also too bad that a tailwind only helps you half as much as a headwind hurts you.

This is where my lack of long runs, thanks to foot problems, came into play. All my great tempo runs paid off in the early miles, like I’d hoped. But I’d also hoped my great base and overall highest mileage year would carry me through on the endurance side. Nope. As I feared, going into a half-marathon with just 8 and 9 mile long runs really wasn’t enough. My legs were done. They had no gas left. I burned up all my matches in the earlier miles.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Digging deep (Island Photo)

But I still didn’t give up. Pessimist Karla might have thrown in the towel at this point, realizing that Sub-2, Sub-5 and Sub-6 weren’t happening. Optimist Karla still saw the chance to finish under 2:10 and call it my fastest half-marathon of 2015. It’s been a rough year with a stress fracture, plantar fasciitis, heel spur, and flu that each derailed my training. But I wasn’t going to let them win. I still wanted to finish my season with my best run of the year.

So I kept pushing. I fought so hard I actually had to walk in Mile 12 because I was about to hurl. Once I got a good dry heave out and pulled myself together, I went right back to running as hard as I could. But my paces say it all. These are normally easy run paces for me. Not I’m-pushing-so-hard-I’m-gonna-puke paces.

Mile 12 Target: 9:00
Mile 12 Actual: 10:22

Mile 13 Target: 9:00
Mile 13 Actual: 10:34

As I neared the finish, I heard the Theme From Rocky (Gonna Fly Now) and it made me so happy. I looked at my watch and knew I could beat 2:10. The music changed to “Hey Ya!” by OutKast, one of my all-time favorite running songs. All was right with the world.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Finished! 2:09:32 (Island Photo)

I crossed the finish having shook it “like a Polaroid picture” in 2:09:32, 3:50 behind my time in 2014. It was a hard fought victory. I felt content. No, I didn’t get my PR. No, I didn’t get my sub-2. No, I didn’t beat my 2014 time or run my second-fastest half marathon ever. But I gave that course and that wind every ounce of energy I had. I left it all on the streets of Philadelphia. I couldn’t ask for more than that.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

The bling (RunKarlaRun.com)

I earned my Liberty Bell medal! Best of all, the bell actually rings! Philadelphia sounded like Christmas everywhere for the rest of the day, with runners jingling and jangling around town.

Phil had a great race. He had a rough training season too, but managed to get in a few key long runs. He figured he wasn’t in PR shape, but he wanted to push as hard as he could just the same. He had a fantastic race, especially considering the wind. He finished in 1:28:58, good for 266th place overall. His PR is 1:25:39. Pretty impressive to finish just 3 minutes behind when he didn’t even think he had a chance at breaking 1:30! Honestly, if not for the wind, this could have been a PR run for him. Congrats, Phil!

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Finished! (RunKarlaRun.com)

Post-Race Analysis

Now that the race is run, do I think I was in sub-2 shape if you took out the wind? Probably not. I don’t think I had the endurance I really needed. My foot held tough throughout the race. But as soon as I got back to my hotel room and peeled off the KT Tape, the dull ache returned to my arch. My body and training weren’t 100%. If I was on a flat to downhill course, maybe. But not with those hills. My legs weren’t in shape.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Cindy made Phil a great sign, too! (RunKarlaRun.com)

But I do think I could have run sub 2:05 under better conditions. A headwind that is the same speed you are running slows you down about 12 seconds per mile. I was aiming for a speed of roughly 6.5 mph, but running into 13 to 18 mph winds (two and three times my speed) plus gusts up to 29 mph (4.5 times my speed). Does that mean I was losing 24 to 54 seconds per mile? Maybe, maybe even more.

The Competitive Runner’s Handbook gives great analysis of how wind affects performance. Studies show that the stronger the wind, the hard you have to work incrementally. Another measure shows that the slower you are, the more time you lose. A 4:00 marathoner (or 2:00 half-marathon) running into a 10 mph wind loses 15 to 32 minutes over the course of 26.2 miles. That’s 7.5 to 16 minutes over the course of a half-marathon.

By all of those measures, I could have easily lost 4 to 8 minutes during the 7 miles we headed into the wind, especially considering they were much higher than the theoretical 6.5 mph and 10 mph.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Green screen! (Island Photos)

I wasn’t alone, obviously. Most runners I’ve talked too didn’t hit the times they wanted in Philly this year. While the air temps were just about perfect between 48 and 50 degrees with 50% humidity, the wind was tough. To all of you out there that did hit your goals: You are amazing!!

Of course, all of this analysis is retrospective. While I was on the course I was all, “Wind? What wind? Let’s do this! I’m totally going to PR!” Then, “OK, I won’t PR, but I can still run my second fastest half-marathon ever!” Then, “OK, it won’t be my second fastest half-marathon ever but I can still beat my time from last year!” and finally, “So I won’t beat my time from last year, but I can still beat 2:10!” And I finally did.

Why is this a major win? My last few PR attempts have been total blow-ups where I bonked, threw in the towel, and finished in well over 2:10. How dark can it get? Read my Heartbreak Hill Half race report to find out. I finished that failed PR attempt in 2:32:06.

So overall, I pretty darn happy with how I handled this race.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Loews Philadelphia Hotel (Lowes Hotels & Resorts)

Travel

I’ve stayed at three different hotels each time I’ve run this race. I recommend the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, where I stayed last year, and the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, where I stayed this year. They’re not the closest to the start, but they are right near the Expo and Reading Terminal Market. Why do I prefer that? I usually cab to the race and walk back to the hotel afterward. But I can hit all the amazing food options at Reading Terminal on my way to or from the Expo and after the race following a hot shower at my hotel.

If you book a hotel for this race, be sure to check the rates through the Philadelphia Marathon website. They have an official block of rooms at hotels all over the city with lower rates than booking via another travel website or the hotels directly for the same dates. They do sell out, so you have to book early. I booked the Loews Philadelphia Hotel for $199, and got a lovely high-floor corner room with sweeping views of the city.

When we checked in, we got GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon branded keys. Thanks to 24 hour room service, we had hot-toasted bagels delivered to us at 5:15 a.m. Then, after the race, we hit the sauna and steam room beside the pool. Plus, they gave us complimentary late check out until 2 p.m. I have not had that experience at every race hotel I’ve stayed in. So I was very impressed.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Pastrami Reuben at Hershel’s. (RunKarlaRun.com)

Last year, Phil and I hit Reading Terminal Market two days in a row. This year, we did the same, trying different places this time around. My faves among what I ate? The Reuben Sandwich at Hershel’s Deli just might be the best Reuben I’ve ever had. Ever. And I’ve eaten a lot of Reubens in my day. I love a good Reuben. This was flavorful, juicy, toasted and dripping with a holy mix of Russian dressing, au jus, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese. You choose your meat, you choose your bread, then they make magic happen. I need to race in Philly again just so I can eat this sandwich.

The hot buttered soft pretzel at Miller’s Twist might also be the best pretzel I’ve ever had. Philly was just knocking it out of the park. They also had an excellent pretzel cheese dog. Yes, I ate it the day before the race. No, I have no regrets.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

Miller’s Twist pretzel and pretzel cheese dog. (RunKarlaRun.com)

Finally, I love the cannolis at Termini Brothers. I first had them years ago when my best friend was in school in Philadelphia. I get one every time I visit. They’re as delicious as I remember, every time.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2015

The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon & Half-Marathon Start (Island Photo)

Philadelphia Half Marathon Takeaway

The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon and Marathon has become one of my go-to races. Living in NYC, Philly is an easy overnight trip and the race has the feel of a big-city event with a more laid back vibe. The half-marathon course is fun and packed with spectators, the weather is usually great, and Philly is such an awesome food town. Once again, the race and Philly didn’t disappoint.

GORE-TEX gave me free entry into the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon and a pair of GORE-TEX running shoes to train and race in. As always, all opinions and posts are purely my own. For more information, read my Disclosure Policy.

Karla Bruning

About 

Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.

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  1. Al #
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    Congratulations on the race, pushing through the wind and previous injuries!

  2. 3

    Good job, Karla! I love your positivity! You’ll get your sub-2 some day. You should consider finding some PR-friendlier courses with a net downhill. :) I’ve pretty much know of all the ones in the East Coast if you need any suggestions. Hahaha.

    Philly is a nice city and I always enjoy my time there. They have so many great races.
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  3. 5

    Great recap – just added yours to our list! :-)
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  4. 7

    Great recap! Philly is one awesome city and I see the half marathon is a must do. Great racing!

  5. 9

    Well done Karla! I love when a race just feels good regardles of time and pace. In the end that is what we want right? It is always nice to finish smiling :)
    When I picked my fall marathon it did come down to Philly or the one I ended up doing in Hamilton. Ironic that both ended up with crazy wind conditions! The wind really does take it out of you, even if you are not aware of it right away.
    Way to represent we Canadians, Phil! Like the maple leaf hat :)
    Reading this post brought me back to the Back on My Feet midnight run that I did in Philly thanks to winning a free entry from you. It remains one of my favourite runs and I loved the city. We too stayed at the Lowes hotel, great location, so much to see within walking distance.Lots of good memories from our visit to Philly, a city I previously had no particular interest in visiting.
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    • Karla Bruning
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      I’m so glad you had such a great time in Philly and at the Back on My Feet race! Weather is always the big ? when it comes to race day. You train hard and hope for the best. We’ll get ’em next time!
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  6. Jen #
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    I wish you had made it to dinner!!!! I was a GORE-TEX runner too! :) Congrats on a great race. …and I was in green as well. probably stood next to you but didn’t even notice. :)

  7. 13

    Nice job Karla, running into wind is no joke! Good for you for staying optimistic and pushing through the end despite knowing your A goals were out of reach, it’s so easy to just throw in the towel at times like that.

    I’d love to run a race in Philly one day, such a great city – and oh my, those pretzels!
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    • Karla Bruning
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      I know you’ve done a few rough races into the wind! I’m usually guilty of throwing in the towel at times like that, but I really just wanted to give it my all this time, no matter what. Definitely put Philly on your bucket list. It’s a GREAT town for a weekend trip!

  8. 15

    Awesome race report! I love the in-depth analysis and also that Philly has treated you so well over the years. Also, great to hear that they’re still doing hot broth at the finish line. Sorry I didn’t get to run (ha) into you this year. I commented that it was a nearly perfect day for the race with just a slight breeze. I guess it was a little worse than that in the city :-O

    You scored a great room at the Loews and awesome to hear that you got to take in the RTM and really hit up some great stands (and the cannoli!) See you next time I hope and keep up the strong running and attitude!

    • Karla Bruning
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      Thanks, Bryan! We love visiting Philly! So much great food, fun sites, and a really awesome vibe. Hope our paths will cross at a race soon!


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