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Skeleton Skurry 5K Road Run – Hatboro, PA

The skeleton skurry is a great little race that takes place in Hatboro, PA.  The weather was nice that day, only a little on the chilly side.  Running a 5K isn’t the most difficult task but just imagine having to do it in a costume.

They provided awards for:

  • OVERALL MALE AND FEMALE (5K) – TOP 3
  • AGE GROUP AWARDS – (1st, 2nd, and 3rd)
  • U13, Teens, 20’s, 30’s, 40s, 50s, 60’s, 70+
  • COSTUME PRIZES, TOP 3:
  • Best Costume – Adult and Child (3)
  • Scariest
  • Funniest Costumes (3)
  • Best Family (1)
  • Group Costumes (1)

This was my first race where I actually received an age group award.  I ended up finishing first for 20-29, and 4th overall.  My only major complaint about this race was that the course wasn’t that well marked.  It takes place in the surrounding neighborhods starting and finishing at Pennypack Elementary School.  Really, I should have come in 5th place because the kid who was in front of me ended up running the wrong way.  I know they received complaints from other runners so hopefully for next year it will be better marked.  They gave some nice awards, dinner for a family of four to McDonald’s (not my first restaurant of choice), a free month gym membership to the Hatboro YMCA, and 10 gift certificate to Dick’s sporting goods.  They even snapped a picture of my puppy who was dressed up for the occasion:

Pictures from the event
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Athlinks Results

Event Site

Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k

Boasting the largest 10K in the tri-state area, the Cooper Norcross Bridge Run is a fast paced fun race.  This was my first time running the race and I was unaware of just how many participates there were.  It was a sellout crowd of over 3500 runners and 1500 walkers.  Starting on the Ben Franklin bridge, Jersey side, you start the race up hill.  The wind over the bridge can be brutal, it helps to pace behind the pack of runners rather than out in the open.  If you’re able to handle the first hill you quickly hit the other side of the bridge and are forced to head back over.  Back on the Jersey side of the bridge, the course was mostly flat with a few twists and turns.  The course, at one point, heads down by the waterfront and finally ends with a sprint onto Campbell’s  field.

The prize money brings in some pretty talented runners.  There were 5 sub 5 minute milers in attendance with the winner Alene Reta having a winning time of 29:11 at 4:43 a mile.  Beside being a little cold that day the weather was perfect and made for a very fun enjoyable race.


Philadelphia Marathon Training

The Philadelphia Marathon is almost here.  This will be my second time running the race and with a previous time of 3:48 I hope to improve.  If you are new to the marathon, training for it can be brutal.  Many people see the marathon as such a great accomplishment because of the sacrifices you have to make.  Not only will your body be complaining, if you have a wife, kids, or a dog they will all be spending less time with you.  I started with a different strategy this year, instead of doing my longer runs on the weekend, I decided to start running to and from work.  I know this isn’t an option for most but if you live outside the city, where I am located, there are some different routes you can take to downtown Philadelphia.  If you live in the Plymoth Meeting and Conshohken area, the Schuylkill River trail provided an excellent scenic route.  Most of the terrain is flat, but you can park at different train stations to vary your distance in to the city.  This has provided me with an ability to run early in the morning, then take a train ride to get home.  The other part of this is having a job that provides a shower to use when you get to your destination.

The biggest issue I have had this year seems to be dealing with cramping and pains I experience in my legs.  I have been trying to take in different foods and always make sure that I drink plenty of Gatorade, but it doesn’t seem to help.  I think I just need to put in more miles to get my body accustom to the abuse.  This always seems to happen near the 20 mile mark, I’m beginning to think it’s more of a mental hurdle rather than a physical one.

I still can’t seem to figure out why I would want to do something like this again.  Maybe it was the fact that I had to walk last year during the race.   Maybe it’s the fact that I know I can run a faster time then 3:48.  Whatever it is that keeps you running it doesn’t matter, as long as you have fun and you enjoy it.  I think anyone that attempts a marathon should already have love affair with running, but it will break that relationship.  Once I cross that finish line I’ll hopefully say it was all worth it, until then I just need to keep enduring the pain.  Don’t do your next marathon until you’ve forgotten your last one, Bill Rodgers once advised. I would have agree with that statement somewhat, but that’s what got me back here.  I can’t forget all the joy I felt when it was finally over, I want that all again…  Just faster than I did last year.