The following accomplishment wasn’t on our Joy Jar list but it inspired a goal for next year so I figured it would be good to write about. Sunday morning I ran my fourth half marathon, the Runner’s World Half Marathon in Bethlehem, and despite feeling like a seasoned pro by now it doesn’t seem to ever get any easier. The unnecessary amount of hills during the first half of the race didn’t help either.
Despite the difficulty, this was a pretty meaningful race for me. It’s not every day you get to run through the streets that you grew up on with 3,000 other people. The race started off just in front of the relatively new Sands Casino and wound through many familiar locations: Main Street, Illick’s Mill, Moravian College, and Bethlehem Steel to name a few. Aside from the much welcomed nostalgia, it was also nice seeing familiar faces along the route, something you miss when running big city races.
We finished where we started, running back down second street to the Steel Stacks. I was super tired at this point and excited to see finishers walking back in their space blankets and the end in site. Little did I know they somehow managed to tack on another mile after entering back into the complex – total psych out! But I just kept pushing on and managed to cross that finish line where I was greeted by cheers and congratulations from Jon, Heather and her family. That and the burger I inhaled for lunch made it totally worth it. Oh, and the medal. Which was pretty cool.
Which brings me to next year’s “girl, are you crazy why would you want to do that?!” goal – run the Hat Trick. Because crazy people love to run a 5K, 10K and half marathon all in one weekend. Sore legs be damned (and damn, my legs are sore)!