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So I was getting ready to write this post in epic blog fail fashion because I had no pictures of myself or anything else on race day. As I’m typing out my feelings on this great race I get a text message from a friend with this picture:


So it looks like I posed for this pic, but I’m actually thinking “Man, I should really use the bathroom… but this line is long and the race is about to go off soon.”


As it turns out the pic was found by someone I made acquaintances with 6 years ago!

Broad Street Run!

So as always the spectators are what make this race so worthwhile. Genuine support from people you don’t even know. Wear a button-up, shirt and dress pants and you’d be amazed. So all in all..

The spectators? Ahhmazing

The weather? Perfect cross country weather, couldn’t ask for anything better.

The course? It actually ends up being a slight decline, so even faster than a fast course.

The amenities? From the extremely supportive and enthusiastic kids from Central high school to the music (men on the bongos, marching band, rock band, rocky anthem) to the shuttle buses and ample johnny on the spots, this was a classic homestyle feel-good race that just happened to get insanely popular.

My race in particular? Well if you know me, I’m tough on myself. I finished two minutes slower than I did last year, and after finishing the race I wasn’t all too pleased with the time. Distance running is as much mental as it is physical. Physically? Well the obvious is I wore almost a full freakin’ suit, so the extra weight and hampered range of motion probably played a role. Mentally? With about 2-1/2 miles left I told continuously told myself “just finish” … which essentially, since finishing wasn’t the goal of my race, is giving up. Not proud of that at all, which is why I think I was disappointed in my race.

But at the end of the day, f*ck it, I was in a shirt, tie, n dress slacks and had a blast!!! ‘Til I was dying. Training could be better. The way I attack the race could also be better. Lessons learned… Hope fully more pics to come. On to the Oddyssey Half Marathon, what costume should I wear?

To the Rebel costumer in you,




I forgot to mention my time…
2010: Self-timed approximate 80 minutes
2011: 64:41 and I was the 355th person to cross the finish line
2012: 66:49 and I was the 715th person to cross the finish line

Apparently a lot can happen in two minutes. I’ve decided I will run this race every year in that get-up until I break 60 minutes.



Twas the night before broad street, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The race gear was hung by the closet with care,
In hopes a personal best is how you would fare…
The night before any important race seems to follow a ritual for me:

  1. Laugh A LOT
  2. Pretend I’m not nervous
  3. Eat a light protein meal
  4. Drink water
  5. Get my gear ready
  6. Pretend I’m not nervous
  7. Try on gear, then hang gear up
  8. Drink water
  9. Watch an inspirational sports movie/clip/speech
  10. Go pee
  11. Lay down
  12. Admit I’m nervous
  13. Wonder how the world will end if I don’t accomplish my goal
  14. Convince myself I will accomplish my goal
  15. Wonder if I drank enough water
  16. Tell myself I need to fall asleep because I’m missing key sleeping hours
  17. Pretend I’m not nervous

If 8:30 AM is a little bit too much for you to get to Center City Philadelphia after Cinco de Mayo, go here, register real quick, and follow along to see if I run fast!

An ODD Sunday

Posted: May 23, 2011 in Races, Rogue Run

Today was the day, the day that I penciled in to my calendar (just using the phrase there — Google Calendar doesn’t have a pencil) almost 4 months ago.¬† Today was the culmination of my Spring “season” or training plan. I took modest but realistic steps to ensure I was in shape over the past four months and prepared for today’s Oddyssey Half Marathon — and it felt GREAT!

The reason I decided to run was because it’s ‘not your average bear’ type of race.

  1. Prizes for best costume.

    Forrest Gump and Elvis running together holding the American flag

    Orange and Yellow Crayola Crayons

  2. Celebratory beers.
  3. Oddyssey draft glass.
  4. Oddyssey Race Medal that doubles as a bottle opener.

    Devon's medal

    Beer Bottle Opener

  5. Obstacles/Puzzles.

The Oddyssey Half-Marathon is in its second year, and definitely got a great turnout this year. One thousand five hundred and thirty-eight registered runners took to the course today, while yours truly opted to rogue run this race. It’s becoming more evident that rogue-running has become way to test out whether a race is really worth the hassle

So I decided to just make Sunday fun. I had a couple friends that registered for this event, Natalie and Devon, who made great companions throughout the race. The race started at roughly 7:05 and most of the course was fla

At the 4-mile mark I thought to myself “Why on God’s green Earth did I decide to run this morning?”

Then I started looking for the obstacle course. It finally showed up somewhere after the 8th mile. It was an inflatable gymboree dive/crawl/slide situation made for adults. It probably took about 30 seconds to complete, tops. Not exactly what I was expecting, but fun nonetheless.

Somewhere after the 11th mile I saw there was some sort of large game of Jenga that you would win prizes from? I’m not exactly sure, I was too tired to participate.

About the last half mile of the race was uphill which is always a great  test to the will of any runner.

All in all.. the race is a pretty sweet idea. Great giveaways. Music was okay, and the course was pretty simple. Guess I’ll be getting an official time next year.