Editor's Note: Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn is back at it for his third Broad Street Run this year. Here, he'll share his training experience with us.
I give the mala ojo to anyone trying to sell their 2014 Broad Street Run bibs on the black market.
It is reported that some 4,800 interested parties got skunked when they were not picked in the lottery. I entered the first day and got in. One of my cohorts entered the last day and got in. Some who have run 10 or more Broad Streets got shut out.
The signs were everywhere, as far south as exit 53 on Route 55, that nice two-lane highway that sends you on your way to Cape May.
BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE CLOSED SUNDAY, 7:30-9:30 AM.
For me, it simply means: Time to get punched in the face again by that 10k known as the Cooper Norcross Bridge Run.
Sure, I have trained, and a lot harder than last year. But I have been trying to work off all those Kohr’s Brothers summer boardwalk chocolate, mint chocolate chip cones and Rita’s mango-cherry biggest-one-you-got water ice.
This despite dialing up the treadmill to 15 percent incline and its Solitaire app that lets me work off all that obsessive compulsive angst.
My son’s bus leaves at 6:30 a.m., so after I drop him off I get a solid 90 minutes in almost every day since Labor Day.
So last Saturday, I headed to the Rowan Rec Center and got interrupted by a road race in my own neighborhood, bucolic Mullica Hill. Shame on me. Not only did I miss the race, a 5-miler and 10-miler sponsored by the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club, but I am the schlub who puts together the Running Schedule in the Inquirer every Sunday paper and I didn’t even know about it.
When I got to the corner of Ewan Road to head toward Glassboro, I was stopped by a very friendly Harrison Township police officer.
So I did the next best thing. I parked the 2002 Highlander at the cell tower station and joined the race. It was almost over and my Clydesdale gait fit perfectly with the late finishers. I put in about a mile, then veered left into the vineyards and turned around, facing the runners as they headed down the home stretch.
The Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club included men for this inaugural Run The Hill race and I should been there from the start. When I picked up my race bib Friday at the Running Company of Mullica Hill store on Main Street, I found out what I really missed. Actress Glenn Close sang the national anthem at the start of the race. So next year, there will be no close call, I will be there from start to finish and get them into the calendar, too.
As for me, this Sunday, look at the rear of the pack, tall guy, Brooklyn Dodgers cap.
I hope to cross back into Camden before they open the bridge back up.
If not, the next sign you will see along routes 676, 42 and 55 will be:
SILVER ALERT …
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The most amazing thing about the din and delirium of two hours and 10 miles, of helicopters buzzing and Neil Diamond blaring, was a moment I was not expecting.
My number was 39,707 so there were that many and more strangers vs. the five people I knew that were running and the five people I knew that were watching in person.
So it was a shock to hear a voice, so loud, so crystal clear, so familiar, as I was scant feet away from the finish line.
It has become my personal daily double, Friday of Derby week. Go to the Linc, pick up your Broad Street Run race bib, then hit the Turf Club, bet the Derby and head to work.
They open the gates at 10 a.m., so that's when I got there. Me and about 2,000 other people. Get in line, around the block, up the street, as far as the eye could see. It was a beautiful, sunny day (Jen Miller, our Running columnist says load up on sunscreen Sunday) and the brisk wind made it a breeze.
The wind turbines at the top of the stadium were spinning, Eagles are green, remember ... But there was this clunking, clatter. Metal on metal. Those gyroscopic spinning things looked quite in synchrony. Not to worry, just a few flagpoles flapping.
Cue the Seinfeld theme.
There are times when you really have to wonder about fate, about certain little things you do that, in retrospect, actually come together for a reason.
And it makes you wonder.
I walked out of the front door of 801 Market Street, as usual, between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday night.
You need to post your palm print to get out, but graphics artist Mike Placentra was in the doorway, like a sergeant at arms.
As I stepped outside into the street that changes faces every hour every day, Mike said matter of factly: “Looks like they closed down Market Street, I wonder what’s going on.”
It doesn’t take much to get a guy’s testosterone going.
When you end your last blog post with … Time to get your game face on … and someone e-mails you back with: “I have a great idea to get ‘your game face on’” you listen because you take it as a challenge.
You’re on, I responded to Brandy Bell-Truskey, AT&T Senior Public Relations Consultant. The race was the AT&T Back on My Feet 5-Miler on Saturday morning. Great cause, serious runners.
Editor’s note: Two years ago, Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn, overweight and feeling it, would never have dreamed of competing in the Broad Street Run. Now back at it for his second Broad Street experience, this time a trimmer version claims he knows what he is getting into.
Ok, the Phillies 5k will now forever be known as … The Winter Classic.
On Saturday, it was freakin’ cold, windy, just like the entire winter and now spring. Only consolation was that running in it is a lot better than sitting in the stands to watch a game, which is why about half the field signed up in the first place.
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