I helped pace a friend during the Philadelphia Marathon today as she tried to BQ. I joined her around mile 8 and ran with her to the end. The winds were brutal today, especially heading out on Kelly Drive through Manayunk (20-25 mph headwind with gusts well over 30mph).
8:04 avg pace for the 18.25 miles, she got her BQ with 2:45 to spare! I am very proud of her to stick with me during the final 10 miles as the run got very challenging. It's a shame she got the bad draw in terms of weather, BQ -2:45 may not be enough to get in for 2019, but she EARNED the right to be in the field.