After I completed the Hat Trick at the Runner's World Half Festival last year, I knew I would love to come back to this race weekend again. Not only was it a great opportunity to participate in a race weekend close to home, but I also met up with some friends and last year even achieved a PR (personal record time) in the Half Marathon.
As this year's race weekend was approaching (Oct.16-18), I knew that my training would not produce any PR's. After the New Jersey Marathon in April of this year when I was able to achieve a big PR and Boston Qualifying time, I took a step back in my training, running for fitness and stress relief, but with no big goals in mind. The hot, humid summer made it difficult to run with any quantity or quality. Still, I did a few double digit long runs and knew that I would at least be able to finish the distance of a half marathon on October. The one PR I think I set this year was a PR in Fun!
So, this will be a quick summary of the race weekend, with some photos to tell the story. The photos were offered for FREE after the race, which was an added bonus.
I registered for the Hat Trick again ( 5k and 10k on Saturday, 1/2 marathon on Sunday). There was also a trail run added on Friday afternoon, at a distance of 3.8 miles, which would bring the total mileage for the weekend at 26.2. This was just irresistible to me, so I added that to my itinerary.
The trail run was at South Mountain Park. It was a ton of fun, and a very challenging course. Rocky and hilly terrain with a single track for most of it caused me to slow it down. I finished in 45 minutes. There was pizza at the end, and a swag bag with an REI Kleen Kanteen. It was definitely worth the effort to get there on Friday for the trail race. I even ran into two Oiselle teammates- Lisa and Shannon.
|After dinner at Bethlehem Brew Works: Katie, Shannon, me and Tiff|
|Fun times with NIkki and Joan|
|This was a highlight of the weekend. Deena is fantastic!!|
|Meeting David Willey at the Happy Hour|
|Photo credit goes to Joan - thanks!|
It was a fun-filled weekend, with some happy miles thrown in. I've already registered for next year- The Hat Trick plus the Trail Run, which is now dubbed the "Grand Slam". If you want to join me, register here.
|Thank you Runner's World for a Great Weekend!!|