Coach Marc lined up for the Broad Street Run knowing that food poisoning, track meets, and “life” got the best of his training.
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Without being deterred, Marc set out on a quick pace – sub 6 minutes per mile for the first 3 miles. By the time he got to 4.5, he realized that in fact, he might be able to hold on to this ambitious pace, however, it wouldn’t be so without a quick bathroom break.
Upon resuming the race, Marc’s right hip started tightening up and before he knew it, the hip was bothering him quite significantly.
Coach Marc didn’t finish Broad Street the first and only time he raced it, so dropping out wasn’t an option. While his hip did bother him, it wasn’t until mile 9 that the pain became a bit too much. He slowed down to 6:30 pace and trotted across the line. Marc’s running time was 60:34 – a pace of 6:03, but his Broad Street time is 1:01:19 with a pace of 6:07 (the 61:19 included a 45 second bathroom break).
Overall, he’s extremely happy with his performance despite the lack of training. He’s definitely happy to have finally finished this 10 miler and probably more excited to take some time off from running.
In the next two weeks, he’ll be rehabbing his hip and working on some projects for TrainWithMarc and around the house.
What’s your favorite activity to do while you’re on a break from running?