Ms. Schaefer and blows my dreams out of the water with the Rocky Fat Ass 50K Run, 3 weeks after the Philadelphia Marathon.
Much has been written about Rocky 50K already, from how it started to planning, so I am not going to recap that, all over again. You can read more about it at these awesome blogs and pages: Origin, The Planning and the Run. What I will write about is my personal experience and impressions.
|Creeper in the subway station|
But Amy and I got up, got dressed and off we went to retrace the steps of the most beloved and popular (fictional) sports figure in Philadelphia history. If you ask people around the world about Philadelphia, they will most likely tell you 76ers and Rocky. That's it. While NYC and DC get all the fame of the East Coast, we get Rocky. I take Rocky any time.
|Ready to go!|
|There was a perfectly good pickup truck next to her|
While there were few fast bugs at this run, it didn't seem like many people cared about pace at all. For many, this was their first ultra, and it was great to see these people and their excitement at the "finish line". At the same time, we ran with some super experienced ultra runners, Grand Slam finishers and the veterans of many ultras. Such a mixed group of people, running through Philly and just having a great time.
While I was getting pretty tired toward the end, once I reached the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, I couldn't stop myself from running up them. It must have been that 2nd, 3rd or 4th wind. Such an amazing feeling standing on top of the steps doing the Rocky poses. Another thing that made it extra exciting were folks from Spring Moves. They played all the Rocky favorites from their van throughout the course, and of course blasted the Rocky theme song at the steps.
|In the books. Done|
Rebecca did such an awesome job planning this run, that the only thing she could have done better was to have Silvester Stalone at the finish. Make it happen Rebecca! That being said, Rocky 50K is already on the calendar for next year. I can only see this event getting bigger and better.
|With our fearless leader at the end|
If you want to run the Blue Ridge Marathon in Roanoke with us, Amy will be giving away an entry soon. Stay tuned.
Go forth and run.
PS. Some photos are courtesy of Spring Moves and Jose Magos.
Some extra photos:
|Ready to go|