5th and Final Broad Street Run

My 5th and final Broad Street Run! I conquered, PR’d and endured til the end. It was a humbling race and I enjoyed every minute of it. So many things were deposited in my spirit as I ran. Confirmation of the promises and my purpose in life was solidified during this race. There was definitely some heavy weights that I needed to shake off and release. This past year, running although it is my frenemy has been my place of healing and therapy.  

There has been 2 pivotal quotes that have been my driving force since 2015. “The prize is in the process.” And “In my hard, getting strong.” Many know that I attribute all my runs to my son, Daniel who has Cerebral Palsy and will never walk or run until he gets to heaven. I also run for the mission and ministry that the Lord has blessed me with and that is to bFIT4Life.  To help others to overcome the plight of obesity.  The ‘hard’ in my life has been raising a child with disabilities. The pain and stress has taken a toll on me physically which caused me to be overweight most of my adult life. I choose my ‘hard’ (running) and was determined to get strong. Running is hard for me but something I am growing to love because it it takes me back to my youth days. 

I have had a Love hate relationship with Broad Street Run since 2014.   I injured my knee the month before race day with a torn meniscus and was determined to still run. I love the energy and the spirit of the city during this race and that is why I love to do this race. 

TODAY
at Broad Street ….. I catch up with my Latina friends Maria and Katina at the start. Thankful for Maria getting me a free entry into this race because it was meant for me to run it. 


Making my way to mile 1, I pasted Rockland Street. A Street that I once owned a house that I lost in 2010. Today symbolized that lost as a new gain. Three months from now I shall be a new homeowner in New Jersey and I shall not morn that lost again. 

 

TODAY…iRan BSR with the intentions of PRing. Setting a personal record from my first run in 2011. My goal was to do it under 2 hrs but that was putting alot of pressure on me. Definitely wanted to do it in 2 hours or under 02:15. 

I still have a lot of work to do in maintaining my pace. I started off at about a 11:30 pace and ended at a 13:00 pace. My first defeat was to get to the 5th mile under an hour and I did.


Go Lysa….. I was so glad to Reach City Hall which is Mile 6. This is the South side of Philadelphia. South Philly is where the spirit of the city and my Adrenaline picks up. At this point I was still feeling pretty strong and focused to get pass the 8th mile which is usually my wall. My body usually starts to break down at the 8th mile. I stopped a few times and wanted to use the potty but I kept on going. I so wanted to finish and didn’t want to slow down. I am chasing a PR and that clock at this point. 

Mile 7.5……. Rain clouds approaching and here comes the rain. I started praying, “Oh Lord Broad Street you know I am not that kind of runner. I don’t do the rain.” Broad Street really wanted to humble me this race. I was determined with everything in me not to be walking across the finishline. I rain through a rain shower for 5 minutes. It was cold because it was already breezey out and the temps were about 62 degrees. Cold for me. I thank the one person that dropped s ziplock bag with some candies in it do that I could protect my phone. 🙂

Still making my way to mile 8 and beyond I was JonesING for some Gatorade. I could tell I was low on potassium and electrolytes at this point. My right calf was starting to cramp. OMG I cried! I wanted to stretch but was afraid to. I slowed it down. It was my slowest mile 15:21. Finally, the Gatorade stop and I guzzled like a warrior. I had a moment that the calf cramps stopped me dead on where I literally felt paralyzed and couldn’t move and take another step. I prayed again. Broad Street you will not beat me this year. I guess the salts kicked in.

PRESSING my way to the 9th mile, I started picking up speed. Back to a 13:00 minute mile pace and taking it slow and saying to myself BSR you will not beat me this final race. I am about to have a testimony. My motivational end of workout song came on,  Can you feel it by the Jackson 5’s . I was making my way into the shipyard and approaching the last photographers trying to look happy and victorious 🙂 

With the finishline in view and only needing to go about a .10 of a mile to cross that finishline. The word of the Lord came to heart. “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I could hear the shouts, the cheers and the praises from on high above the Jackson 5. 

I had to shout ‘to God be the Glory!’ It is Finished! I PR’d by 2 minutes. With a finish time of 2:13:13 from my 2:15 time in 2011. Thank you Jesus. 

That’s right I Prüvit! Thanks to my KETONE supplement I had the energy needed to complete the 10 miles. I am closing the books on Broad Street now time to work on speed work and becoming a 5K fanatic ! 

#Run4u

I Am The Perfect 10

The day had come where I particpated in The Perfect 10 miler. An all female race that took me 3 years to get to injury free! 

I felt that I was mentally ready for this race because I’ve done a 10 miler a few times before but did’t think I was physically ready because I had not conditioned myself in my last long run while training for this race. I set out to dedicate each mile to a signicant other or special group of people. Overall I contribute all my runs in honor to my 25 year old son, Daniel, who has Cerebal Palsy and can not walk or run. 

The dedication list. 
I thought this was a great organized race with great scenery and course. The course was not completely flat. That 8th mile! 
My 10 miles thoughts. I was overjoyed that my husband who I call ‘b’ took the day off from preaching at church to come cheer me on with my son at the finishline. Miles 4,5 and 7 represented personal training clients that I am currently training in there weightloss journey. Mile 4 was an emotional one as I thought of my friend who is going through alot of physical and emotional pain. For me it was a pressing point because up until now I had been only competing in 5K’s and here is where the rubber met the road. I had to push a little further. 


October 23rd was the day of the Breast Cancer awareness walk and I thought of loved ones and friends who are currently battling or are survivors of cancer. 

The 8th mile was a little sticking point for me. We know that the number 8 represets new beginnings. I thought about the new community of inviduals I would meet and get to work with globally as I launch my new bFIT4Lifers Tribe online training and coaching platform. I had to make a descion to close my studio location and shift into a new direction. This mile marker was bitter sweet!
No only was the 8th mile a sticking point but my body was beginning to sore up. My left hip flexor and PNF muscles where feeling it. J started off this race with my inner thights feeling sore from a Thursday trainibg session. I also was thinking anout my last Broad Street Run 10 miler where I got to the 8th mile and my right leg caught a crap in my hamstring and I had to walk to the finishline. Not today I thought. Looking at my Garmin, I was good on time and said I’d continue to gallaway my way there. If I’d keep this pace and not go too hard I can still PR and not crap up. 

I tried my best to stay an 11 minute mile pace and stay with the race pacer pack but at this sticking point they blazed by me. It was me and the road looking for the finishline. At that point I took a minute to stretch and proceed on because I was shooting for that PR. My initial goal was to finish under 2hrs but that was me over pushing myself. I knew that I was going to PR and do better than my last BSR time of 2:42 . It puts me back close to my 1st BSR time of 2:16. I attribute the time difference from me stopping to strech and catch a few pics.

The victory is sweet! A new 10 miler PR and a Perfect 10 finisher. Such a happy camper. A finish time of 2:18:23. The Prize is in the Process! 

Got to meet some new ladies from the great Black Girls Run community who I was representing. I found out that I was 1 out of 33 Lisa’s that ran this race and I was able to meet another Lisa. 


CgiRacing did a great job and I plan on running again next year. My next stop is a 10k and the my 1st Half Marathon in November.

I Am Super and a Perfect 10! ~bFIT4Lifer

Peace, Love & Run LIM 

Victory was made today as I completed the 2nd Annual Latinas in Motion Peace, Love And Run 5k.  I’ve been commiting to do a 5K a month to get myself back into run mode and back into shape. I am stillon a journey to complete my 1st half marathon injury free. I’ve been planning my races since the fall of 2015. 

After a meniscus injury in April 2014 and getting surgery in July 2015 I’ve on the road to recovery of gaining endurance, strength and stamina to run again. Summer 2015,  I discovered that I have another ailment cervical spondinosis that caused me neck and right shoulder pain. 

After a recent, 30lb weight loss I feel that alot of the imflamation that my body was holding has demished by 75%. 

Now about my victory, I decided to do this race as a change of pace. It was held in Philadelphia in the park of Friends Hospital. The weather was great and at the start it was 75 degrees. Running in the trail ways of this parks, I like to call it Gods natural sauna becuase of the trees. It seems that the air is a little thicker due to humity.

Here I am with the pink long socks. 😄

The course was very hilly. I forgot that parks are hilly here in Philadelphia. Boy did my glutes feel that! But I feel I conqurered. I know now that the hills is what make us stronger and faster. I felt that the decline of the many rolling hills allowed me to make up alot of time and therfore resulted in my PR for the day. 


As you look at my race itinerary you will see that I shaved 3:01 off my last 5k time. Whoot Whoot! Yes I am doing the happy dance and feel victorious! 

I am so excited for my next race and looking and planning to run on the 4th of July. It was on the 4th of July in 2013 i ran my best 5k time. So I am working my way back to 34:23 and below. My goal is to run a steady 10 minute mile for my half marathon. My pace today was 13:34. 
The energy of this race was great! You can feel the love from the community. 

I was able to meet Elaine Johnson the founder of Latinas in Motion and share from one race director to another.


On a runners high for my new PR and a new metal added to my son’e memorial wall. I run for him becuase he can’t run and to help keep me in shape too. 

#5kfanactic #run4u 

Any tips to help me run at a faster pace?