My goal race for the late summer was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on September 17. I’ve done this race two times before; the first time in 2002 and the second time in 2013, so I know very well how fast the course can be. Additionally, Philly is relatively close to us, so it’s an easy trip to make for a great race event. I thought it was reasonable that I could get into, or close to, PR shape and between the fastness of the course and depth of competition, Philly was the place to go after a fast time.
The caveat with this race though is that with it being in mid September on the east coast, you don’t know if you’re going to get nice, cool fall-like weather or hot, humid summer weather. After great training leading up to the race, the weather remained the big question mark in how my day would turn out.