My half marathon training has not been consistent, therefore I have not been updating weekly! And I apologize for that! I wish I had something to tell all of you – but I do have good news at least.. I WILL be running Pittsburgh Marathon weekend! It will just be for fun, thats all 🙂
This past weekend I traveled back to my hometown & ran the Hard Cider 5k in Gettysburg. Gettysburg is about a half hour from my hometown & it is so beautiful there! I arrived in Mechanicsburg at my best friend’s (since we were 5!) house around 8:30pm.. she thankfully picked up our packets that night before I got there. The shirt is SO cute! I ordered a medium, & it fit perfectly. It’s even a longer shirt.. which I love! Here it is:
The race let groups of people go in waves.. We signed up for the first wave at 9am. We left the house around 7:30 & got there a little after 8am. This race was located at Hauser Estate Winery.. and let me tell you, it was gorgeous there:
Parking was in a big field. You could see out in the distance little orange cones.. in the field. This entire race was through this huge field that the winery was on. And the start line was up one big hill. You’ve gotta be kidding me… As we were driving up to park, we saw more orange cones.. going up a HUGE hill. I knew I would be walking the majority of this race. Pittsburgh is in 2 weeks & I’ve had knee cap issues since mid February so I needed to take it easy.
I met up really quick with my brother’s friend & said hi. He’s the one who got me to do this race sooo.. thanks for that. (sarcasm) After that, Alyssa & I went to sit in the car until start time. Oh, I chose to wear capris & my long sleeve “Challenge ALS” shirt. This shirt is black. I would soon come to regret that decision! We lined up about 10 minutes before start time. I just kept thinking how bad this was going to suck! They let us go right around 9am & within the first half mile.. most people were walking. Whoever created that course is RUDE. After the first hill, I spent most of the huge downhill just trying not to lose my footing. The course was grass, dirt, & the ground was mostly slanted. I was hating every minute.
I stuck around in the same vicinity as another woman.. we were keeping each other going. I don’t even remember at what points were the hills.. but the whole thing was basically up hill. During mile 1, we were basically on top of a slanted hill.. I had to walk & it was basically like I was limping.. that’s how slanted this hill was. There was no way I could run this even if I wanted to. During mile 2… this hill…
This was the last huge hill, thank GOD. It was so unbelievably hot. I was wearing black, I was in long sleeves, & it was almost 75 degrees with no shade. Awful. Also, I need to mention that there was a “Hungry Apple” challenge, where the runners had to eat a donut at the end of each mile. I could’ve used one at the end, that would’ve been cool. In the last half mile, we ran through the vineyard.. covered in little sticks. I was pissed because I was thinking.. why wouldn’t they remove these? My feet kept getting tangled in the sticks & I was just trying not to trip. Alyssa was at one end of the vineyard & as I passed her.. we both agreed we would NEVER be doing this again. Finally, the finish line. My finish time isn’t even worth mentioning, so I won’t. BUT – a testament to how awful this course was… Alyssa easily is sub 30.. sub 28, even. And she finished in 32:xx. Just saying. Still, she did excellent for the way the course was.
At the finish line, we got our medals, our commemorative glass & a can of Jack’s Hard Cider. YUM! No matter how much I didn’t enjoy a single minute of this race.. The swag was awesome, & this winery is beautiful. I would for sure go back but JUST to visit the winery.
12 days til Pittsburgh Marathon weekend 🙂 that will be my next race recap so keep an eye out!! it’s going to be a GREAT one.