Happy Monday…another wonderful weekend has passed. How was yours? Mine was extremely busy between time with friends, networking, watching Fresh Prince Season 6, and getting groceries!
One fun treat this weekend was going to Penn Relays. Penn Relays is one of the biggest events in Philly each year at the historic Franklin Field, where tens of thousands of people come to see high school, college students, Master’s, and elite Olympic-level athletes compete in track and field events. It has been taking place for well over 100 years..it’s pretty cool!
The weather started out gorgeous, very warm and sunny without a cloud in the sky…but it was forecast to rain in the afternoon. At first I thought they may have gotten it wrong, but if you see in the pictures, several clouds rolled through in about an hour time frame, eventually leading to a brief, chilly downpour!
It’s hard for me to think that I used to run track in high school, but I did…for one year. I only ran the 4×400. I was the second leg, which my sister always said meant that I was the slowest. Being on the track team was one of the most frightening things I’d ever done. I remember running around the track and being SO miserable…I never noticed the people around me, I just wanted it to be over!
But I still got some warm and fuzzies being at Relays. It was cool to see the high jump, the pole vault, and the triple jump in person after so many years. I always wanted to do hurdles, but I never had the opportunity to give it a try….it’s such a thrill to watch! I especially loved when a group of men over 75 years old ran the 100 meter dash…the best time was around 14 seconds…pretty damn good I’d say!
|Franklin Field for Penn Relays 2014
There were also some nail-biters. Jamaica was DEEP in the house, and I loved their fans cheering loudly and waving their flags around the last 200 meters of a race whenever a Jamaican runner was in or near the lead. It was infectious, and quite a rush! I also enjoyed being able to cheer for Penn and Villanova, my alma maters. They both did great–a guy from Penn ran a sub 4-minute mile (which looks so slow around the track when duh–that’s crazy fast!!)
|Great races and action at Penn Relays 2014!
So I knew about the rain in the forecast and debating bringing my umbrella, but for whatever reason I thought that security wouldn’t allow umbrellas into Franklin Field. Regardless, it didn’t matter because I happened to be in between two people that were holding umbrellas, so they helped keep me pretty dry! Thank you kind strangers! It was either too sunny, too chilly from the passing clouds, or pouring rain, and then sunny again…it was crazy!
|Random downpours through the day!
Not to sound rude, but after seeing a few 4×800 races in a row, it got a little bit boring…so we decided to check out what was going on outside of the stadium, not to mention grab a bite to eat. There was some reggae music on loudspeakers and various tents and sponsors set up outdoors. There was also a special tent with ATT where 400-meter runner DeeDee Trotter was signing autographs and taking pictures!
DeeDee was a member of the gold medal winning women’s 4×400 relay team in London 2012…and as you probably know, they were such a force to be reckoned with! DeeDee was so sweet and down to earth and gave us a big hug! I got to wear her gold medal as we posed for a picture…it was pretty heavy! I had to take a good look at it because when else would I see a freaking Olympic gold medal up-close and personal? I really didn’t want to take it off!
|Christina and I with DeeDee Trotter wearing Olympic Gold and Bronze!
I also got DeeDee’s autograph on my Relay ticket, which I can now hold as a keepsake.
|DeeDee Trotter’s autograph on my Penn Relay ticket
Penn Relays was a blast! The seats are kind of pricey, and they nickel and dime you like crazy ($25 for the parking garage, no re-entry…), but it’s such a great experience and a feel-good time. I should definitely make an event of it next year and go with even more friends! Thanks for the invite Christina, it was a great way to spend a Saturday!
On another note, I am so excited to share that over the weekend I was nominated for a Liebster Award! I have seen it on other blogs and now it seems to have come my way! Liebster Awards are given to small, up-and-coming bloggers and provide a way of supporting each other while helping to spread the word!
I was nominated by two awesome bloggers: Jeremy at Confessions of an Amateur Athlete and Amanda at Eat Hard Work Hard! Thanks so much for the shout out…such a fun opportunity, I’m going to answer a mix of both of your sets of questions!
11 Random Facts About Me:
So to pay it forward, I’d like to nominate the following bloggers:
Monday 4/21: I did a few hip exercises. Then I had a 3 mile run after work on a trail outside of work. It was really tough…a beautiful day but felt very hot and windy. I felt sluggish and my right calf/ankle was bothering me…so I had to walk twice during the run. Even worse, I turned my left ankle as I was finishing up. Right after that I went to Ciclo for a spinning class, once again for free with the Yelp Fit Club. It was great, but I have no idea if I was really working at the proper intensity level…I tried to get the right rpm’s, but I think I should feel more dead than I actually do.
Tuesday 4/22: I had Boot Camp after work, followed by the 15 minute Vinyasa Rush Studio workout on Nike Training Club. Boot Camp was good, I just need to get to class earlier for the full benefit! I didn’t like the yoga though…none of the poses transitioned well, and it really did feel “rushed”. After that was Kickball…and we won! I just wish I got past first base!
Wednesday 4/23: Core and More cardio kickboxing class…definitely one of my favorites! My hips are sore though, so I decided not to run.
Thursday 4/24: Free yoga class at Focus Barre in Yoga, as they had their Grand Opening Party. This was my largest yoga class so far with nearly 30 people…I was intimidated at first but eventually found my zone.
Friday 4/25: It was such a beautiful day and I enjoyed it with a 4 mile run in the afternoon. There are a couple of tough hills on the trail, but I did my best!
Saturday 4/26: My running club did a little over 5.3 miles! It was a little tough since I was pushing the pace, but it wasn’t bad at all! Then as we were finishing up, we ran into one of our now retired running buddies, Mark!
Sunday 4/27: Unintentional rest day. Just too busy with errands!
Have you ever been to Penn Relays? Feel free to share your answers to my questions in the comments below!