My plans for Thanksgiving fell through. I had signed up for a half marathon in Naples to run on my birthday because I thought, “oh, this’ll be a great way to spend my 30th birthday!” Due to some family stuff, my parents scrapped going down to Florida for Thanksgiving so my plan to freeload on the beach has been moved to freeloading on the couch in New Jersey, instead.
But what to do for my birthday.
Ever since I knew it was on my actual 30th birthday, I kinda knew I was going to run the Philadelphia marathon. It had been nagging me in the back of my mind for awhile. My parents’ house is not too far from Philly and my parents were willing to pick up my number for me on Friday and then drop me at the start on Sunday. After I received written agreement to drive me to the start, I signed up almost exactly 2 hours before registration closed.
My sister: “But you said you hated marathons and you were never doing another one again.”
Me: “That was like, at mile 20 I texted that you. You can’t take anything I say at mile 20 seriously.”
For some reason, I’m just really excited to put on a plastic birthday tiara, run around Philly in the morning, and be home on the couch by 3 pm in time to eat some Carvel ice cream birthday cake in the shape of a Thanksgiving turkey.
Favorite way you’ve spent your birthday? Anyone else run Philly or have any tips for running there?