The race was exhilarating. I was representing Philadelphia Runner Track Club, or PRTC, for the first time while racing on the 5K course at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia. It was hilly! So hilly! People hike Mt. Everest and think "At least I didn't have to race Belmont Plateau!" I may just be being a baby about hills, but have I mentioned it was hilly?
We might be a little biased but our favorite race of the year, The Philly 10K, is this weekend!
Before we get to all the race day information, in order to run the race on Sunday you need to pick up your bib on Friday or Saturday at the Diadora Kickoff Party at Philadelphia Brewing Company.
Like road running, the most important thing you need for trail running is a good pair of shoes to keep your feet happy. You might be wondering why you can't just wear your regular running shoes on the trails? If you're running on flat, groomed, non-technical trails like the Manayunk Canalpath or Forbidden Drive in the Wissahickon, you can probably keep running in your regular sneakers (depending on how dirty you want them to get!).
Happy race month! After last week's cutback longer run, it's peak week! You are fit, strong and ready to take on any training on any day. You've been putting in the work so you're ready to go the distance. This weeks long run is the longest of our training plan but by now the miles should be starting to pass by more quickly. Make sure you take some time to appreciate what you have done and what you are still doing! Keep hydrating, stretching, and getting enough sleep this week.
You've been putting in the miles and after last week's 5 mile long run you are ready for a slight cut back week. Incorporating planned cut back or down weeks into your training schedule is important for boosting recovery, preventing injury, and keeping you from overtraining.