Be Well Giveaway: I’m Running Broad Street Because …

Tell us why you're tackling Philly's most popular 10-miler and you could win a $100 gift card to Philadelphia Runner!

UPDATE: We’ve selected the winner! See which lucky commenter is taking home a $100 gift card to Philadelphia Runner over here.

So you did it: You signed up for the Broad Street Run this week. May 6th, race day, is probably inked in giant red letters on your calendar, and you’ve probably started researching training plans.

Before you—and I—hit the road, though, I thought it might be super motivating to write down all the reasons why we signed up for the race in the first place. If you’ve never tackled a distance run, trust me: it’s easy to forget the why when you’re slogging through a seven-mile run on a rainy Wednesday evening. It would be soooo much easier to just go home and watch re-runs of Law and Order, right? But not you—you have a goal. If only you could remember what it was …

So here’s what I propose. Let’s jot down, right here at the bottom of this blog post, why we signed up for the 2012 Broad Street Run while our reasons are still fresh in our minds. That way, if you start to feel the motivation slipping, you can come back here for a refresher. I’ll go first:

I signed up for Broad Street because I know myself: I need a goal if I’m ever going to get off the couch and move around. Truth be told, I don’t really exercise just for the sake of it. I have to be working toward something—something tangible, attainable. It’s the latent athlete in me. And I know from experience: the feeling of crossing that finish line is a high like nothing else. I want that high.

So how about you? Why have you committed to train for and complete Philly’s most popular 10-miler? Tell us below.

And here, I’ll raise the stakes: Philadelphia Runner has generously agreed to offer a $100 gift card to one lucky Be Well commenter! So put pen to paper, people. Everyone who comments on this post between now and next Friday, February 24th, at 5 p.m. will be entered to win the prize. We’ll select the winner at random and announce it on this page!

Think you need a little extra help training for the race? Check out the Philadelphia Runner’s Team Philly Race Training running group—just the extra push (and expert guidance) you need to get across the finish line in one piece.

So share your thoughts and whys in the comments below, then check back to read other Be Wellers’ inspiring stories.

Now, let’s do this. [Cue the Rocky theme.]

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