The real reason of my visit to Philly-to run my 2nd half marathon with my mom. Our first run was the Wine and Dine half at Disney. We have always been active and running turned into a hobby for both of us to stay in shape because we love to eat! After moving to Florida I learned about all the different 5k's Disney had so I decided to participate in them because it gave me motivation to keep working out. Finally, one day I was working at the Radisson Hotel and I saw some elderly guests leaving for the half marathon that day. That was my turning point, if they could run a half marathon so could I. That afternoon I called my mom and told her what I signed up for and asked her to join me. She was a bit hesitant at first and then she agreed. We weren't sure what we really got ourselves into, maybe I was a bit over my head, I never ran over 5 or 6 miles. 13.1 here we come and we finished in 2 hours and 24 minutes. We were both really happy with our finishing time and decided we would continue to run half-marathons at least one a year together.
Now we did the Animal Kingdom 5k with scavenger hunt and actually placed! Now we are getting serious. We signed up for the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half. Neither of us have done any races in the city. I must say it was pretty impressive to be running down Market Street without any cars or traffic. I've never seen the city so undisturbed. It was a beautiful and peaceful run. I am a strong beginner leading my mom through the first 5 miles or so and when I start to get tired to pulls me through the last miles with her encouraging words. We even cut 15 minutes off our time!!! We crossed the finish line in 2 hours and 9 minutes!