Philadelphia Marathon Recap

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious”                         -Vince Lombardi 

I did it. I completed the Philadelphia Marathon in under 4 hours.

My final time was: 3:53:20!

There is nothing like completing a long-term goal when you’ve given it your best! As I crossed the finish line mentally, physically, an emotionally exhausted! When I realized I met my goal, I cried! It was an amazing feeling. It made all the training worth it!

During the race, here are the things I did that made a significant difference in meeting my goal:

I followed a Pacer – I ran with the 3:50 pace group as long as I could. They ended up getting a little ahead of me in the last 5 miles, but sticking with this group was critical to me meeting my goal.

I knew Where I stood at all Times – I had my Garmin watch on, so I knew about where I stood at all times. By mile 20, I knew I was an entire mile ahead of my pace goal of 4 hours. That helped me a lot. 

I had Laura and Lindsey run the last 5 miles with me – Without Laura and Lindsey (pictured below) running the last 5 miles with me, I would have walked more. Having them by my side pushed me to keep going to and to give it my all!

I only had to use the bathroom Once! – This was huge! That is all I am going to say!

I ran through the water stations – In the past, toward the end, I would walk through water stations! Not this time! I ran through them all, it made a big difference in the end.

As for the marathon itself. The course elevation was great, it wasn’t very hilly at all! However, as for a marathon overall, I am glad I did it, but I am not sure I would do it in Philly again.

Here are some pictures from the big day:

I could not have done it without her support!

Believe it!

Laura and Lindsey ran the last 5 miles with them! They made me better!


This was the second marathon I ran with my pastor, mentor, and friend, PL!

Post-marathon Philly Cheese-steaks with my Cadre brother, Luke Brugger!

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