This weekend I spectated The Broadstreet Run in Philadelphia. I ran the race last year but when it came time to register this year I opted not to because 10 miles is a long race and it feels even longer when you aren’t in great shape. I still agree this was a smart decision if I want to think about my long term goals and avoid further sickness and injury. Even though I opted out of racing I found myself involved with the race which was so awesome. This weekend I worked at the expo selling sparkly soul headbands, if you bought a sparkly soul maybe I sold it to you!! This is a product I stand behind 100% and use almost daily so it was an obvious choice to work at the expo. There is something magical about being in a convention hall full of runners. I instantly gained motivation and started making some training and race plans.
Sunday I went to watch the race. I had a few miles worth of confusion when trying to find an appropriate place to spectate. I went the wrong way, I ran as if I was racing, and ended up facing the water. Everything happens for a reason though, I got a good run in because of this momentary lapse of direction. Actually, I have to be honest I’m always bad at directions. I watched the race with some cool people and I was able to see almost all of my running friends and acquaintances run by. Someone ran so fast I missed her completely!! And then…..then I got even more motivated to pick out some races!!
Seeing everyone run so well brought me so much joy and being around runners all weekend made me the happiest I could be!
Being sick, injured, or taking time away from the sport doesn’t have to be a horrible thing. You get to experience running from a different perspective and it’s still amazing! I found myself so inspired and motivated by my friends and all of the runners this weekend and now I’m ready to return to the racing world full force this summer. I thought I would be sad about missing broad street but I’m not, I couldn’t be happier 😺