This post is a little premature, since Sunday is actually the 10-week mark for the Broad Street Run. I thought writing about it in advance might get me psyched to start training. We'll see.
I'm not sure why I chose a 10 mile run as my first organized race, but here are a few possible reasons:
1. The BSR is probably the most historically Philly (yes, I just used "Philly" as an adjective) race. I love Philadelphia – we just bought our first house here last April, and it's the first and only city I've ever called home. If you've never been here, I recommend planning a visit. How about May 1st?
2. Several of my friends and coworkers are doing the BSR, and I like the idea of solidarity, even though most of them are actually runners, and I've spent most of the winter watching Law & Order reruns rather than going to the gym.
3. Whenever I'm trying something for the first time, I like to set my goal so ridiculously high that if I fail, I can just blame it on the goal being unrealistic in the first place.
Todd is doing the run, too. He's one of those people who gets cranky when he can't run. Freak.