I was looking for a half marathon in the fall, driving distance, but somewhere fun and different.
what's that? Hershey Park has a half marathon? AND you get two tickets into the park for Hershey Park After Dark? AND there's a chocolate aid station? Yes.
[H, size Miniature]
[what the eff am I supposed to do in here?]
but did enjoy being in his stroller [I mean, it's a BOB Ironman and it rides like a dream]
we were on our feet all day [and did a lot of walking] at the Park, and I knew that would effect my race. ideally the day before the race it's maybe a short run, legs up, compression sleeves on, trashy tv and a nap. this race was: walk uphill, walk, walk, wait in line for roller coaster, ride roller coaster, walk, eat delicious but bad-for-me food, walk, wait in line. repeat.
we got to our hotel around 10 and set alarms for 5:45. so very, very early.
sunday october 21
up and at 'em at quarter to 6 ! we got dressed quickly. I hemmed and hawed over how to dress -- mid 40s at the start and high 40s to low 50s at the finish -- decided on running skirt, thin tshirt, and long sleeved t. H and James were dressed a bit warmer.
we stopped at Dunkin Donuts so I could get a bagel and James a giant coffee. apparently, DD was not aware it was a race weekend, and it took forever to get our order. tg we left as early as we did. I HATE running late for a race start. super stressy.
the race benefits the Children's Miracle Network, and I was tearing up as we passed posters of the kids the race was helping. great organization.
the race was HILLY .. weird, I know, considering we're in PA ! only about a mile went through the park, but it was neat to see the whole town. A lot of families and kids (and teenagers) were out, cheering us on, waving, holding signs. I high fived all the kids. that's one of the things that's so neat about racing.. feeling like a superstar athlete when you are, at best, a FOMOP runner.
[cheering for mommy.. with tons of enthusiasm, clearly]
after the first mile, my glass-is-half-full optimism had me ready for a PR..
unfortunately, I couldn't quite hold a sub 8:10 !
14: 2:48.4 (.33 mi according to Garmie the Garmin)
chip time: 1:52:47
overall: 702/ 3749
gender: 242/ 2381
ag [F 25-34]: 89 / 816
[not bad rankings !]
and then we did our family photo
and then to Chocolate World:
[one of everything, if you please]
and then back to maryland [H and I both napped in the car]
overall I'm happy with my race, but I'd like to see what I could do on rested legs on a flat(ter) course. I'd love to PR this distance and PR it soon [a 1:46:xx if I remember correctly]