The Running Realtor: Last Day of Summer Fun at the Distance Run

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Last Day of Summer Fun at the Distance Run

Runners make their way to the start of the Philadelphia Distance RunThe weather this morning was great for the Philadelphia Distance Run as a record number of participants made their way to the starting corrals for the 13.1 mile event.

With over 13,000 finishers the course was quite congested moving through the downtown city streets.  Even after 8.5 miles the runners were relatively thick as I pulled off to the side for a photo as we crossed the Falls Bridge over the Schuylkill River.Falls Bridge Half Marathon Crossing

In this case as with most the real fun of the run comes before or after the main event.  While the sun beats down on you for 13.1 miles there are times when you certainly question your logic of spending a bundle to travel to a race. 

Some runners customize their shirts with sayings or pin notes on their back and one that caught my eye today said Running Costs $7.50 per Mile. I dwelled on the theory for awhile and must be doing something wrong because I cannot even do a 5k ( 3.1 miles ) that cheap.

My next big event is the ING Hartford Marathon coming up on October 11, 2008.  In the meantime if you'd like to talk about Running or Real Estate on the Connecticut Shoreline contact me, or call my Access Line at 203-672-2455.


Comment balloon 21 commentsNo Longer Active • September 21 2008 06:59PM


Hey Dan ... glad that you had a good run in spite of the impression I gave you about Phila being dirty! Hey's a very old city. Congrats on the run.

Posted by Sharon Young (Ivy League Mortgage Philadelphia, Pa) over 11 years ago

Sharon...  Suppose I could have written about the pungent smell of garbage or the morning stink of diesel fumes but I save stuff like that for Tee'd Off Tuesday!  :-)

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Dan, I hope that you did not have to watch out for what you were stepping in like on the beach in Florida.

What was your time for the 1/2 Marathon???

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago

Hi Dan,

You had beautiful weather for todays run! So did you figure out how much it cost for you per mile? :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Go Dan!

Posted by Patricia Murray (Premiere Plus Realty Co.) over 11 years ago

George... The downside of city running is dodging the pot holes that will twist your ankle. Time wasn't a new record for this distance,  ran a pace of 10:29 but calculated the cost of that photo stop on the bridge was 15 seconds per mile.

Suzanne... I did mentally crunch numbers along the run but without seeing the "work" I'm not sure what to include.  Factoring in the hotel, gas and tolls the cost is in excess of $30 a mile.

Pat... By the end of the run I was thinking I'm glad I didn't have to loop around again for a Full Marathon

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hi Dan another race? Wow you really are tearing up the race tracks across america!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago

So, how did you measure up to what you were shooting for?

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 11 years ago

I want to hear all about the pre-function ;)  I was a bit concerned when at nearly midnight, there were some still standing (and sober!). I missed seeing you guys...

Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTORĀ®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Bill... Always have another one on the horizon, Hartford Marathon is in three weeks and the half there last year was my best time for that distance.  I've heard you double your half time and add 10 minutes to determine marathon time so based on yesterday 4:45 is the target but think I'll be closer to 5 hours.

Jason... I expected to hit 10 minute miles so I arrived at the finish line 6-1/2 minutes late.  

Jennifer... Guess I missed the function.... Saturday night I was sober and sleeping by midnight but I'm free next Saturday after my 20 mile training run!  :-)

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Congratulations on another run.  I wish I had your dedication.  Pain is not my friend so I walk instead.  :)

Posted by Leslie Stewart, Realtor, ABR, CRS, Oregon Licensed Broker (Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals) over 11 years ago

Leslie... Who said running has to be painful?  A few years ago when I first started walking I had plenty of shin pain but it subsided.  Once I progressed into running my knees did give me some trouble but with after a few months I realized the importance of stretching and the pain went away.  After yesterday's run I felt fine and actually spent the afternoon today climbing up and down a ladder re-siding my house.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Dan you always amaze me grabbing the photo durning the run - we are under a freeze advisory tonight - fall must really be in the air

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Thesa... That was my only photo stop, I've been falling into goof off mode way too much.  Friday night was chilly here but it warmed up again and I actually got a noticable tan line on my arms while running this event Sunday morning.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

How was your pacing? Did you finish strong? I've been watching your tweets. Your mileage is fantastic, you'll be ready for the ING.

Posted by Craig W. Barrett, Hughesville MD Real Estate (RE/MAX 100) over 11 years ago

Craig... I thought I'd do a 10 minute pace but went a little slower finishing strong with an average of 10:29. The crowd was thick through the downtown streets so it was a slow start but I was right on the mark at at 5k and a little ahead at 10k.  I fall off in the longer distance, at 10 miles I dropped to a 10:11 pace and really slowed down the last three miles.

Saturday we have our 20 miler before tapering off for Hartford but the forecast is calling for heavy rain...

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Well done! 10:29 isn't all that far off Dan. Could it have been impacted by the hoards of people participating? Running the morning before? Or, some nasty Bud earlier in the weekend?

Thanks for the photo's. I've always liked Philly myself. The buildings (art museum, city hall, etc) are interesting.

Posted by Scott Geary, Your Pennsylvania Mortgage Source (Infinity Home Mortgage Company Inc) over 11 years ago

Scott... A little of everything probally contributes to the time but I don't really beat myself up for some silly target time.  Even adjust my pace to keep things in focus!

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Shoot Dan, a slow start is fine. Save it for the end. Your pacing looks dead on to me!

Posted by Craig W. Barrett, Hughesville MD Real Estate (RE/MAX 100) over 11 years ago

Dan , love the quote about .  "adjust my pace to keep things in focus!" as, that can be a lesson for our real estate career these days

Posted by James Wexler ( over 11 years ago

Hey Dan, I am training for my first marathon......any advice?  --Anna Matsunaga

Posted by Anna Matsunaga, Seller specialist, Certified Negotiation Expert (Team Momentum Keller Williams Realty Tacoma) over 11 years ago

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