It all started on Friday night, 10/16. I decided to take a drive down to Bethlehem to pick-up my packet early. I wanted to stop at Hobby Lobby to pick-up some wedding decorations and so it seemed like a #winwin! I arrived at the expo with no traffic. I ended up scoring a parking spot close to the Steel Stacks lot and I headed directly into the expo. Check out my race swag for the hat trick (a 5k and 10k on Saturday 10/17, and a half marathon on Sunday 10/18)- a long-sleeve tech shirt, an obligatory "hat trick" hat, and Runner's World logo'd Balega Socks!
On to the 10k. I had an hour or so to spare after I finished the 5k before the 10k began. I headed back to my car to refuel and warm-up.. it was a bit chilly! I lined up with the 10:00 m/m pacers and finished the 10k in 1:02:31. I was happy- two races in one day.. my first ever attempt! It was at this point that I decided to throw away any hopes of obtaining my goal of a sub-2 half marathon. My legs were fatigued, I was tired. I had a family party to attend to later that day to and minimal recovery time before the half. I was okay with this- I had begun to focus on the overall picture- 3 races in one weekend! On more medal to go before I could call myself an official "hat tricker"!
Shotgun start and we were off! I passed my fiance cheering me on a little before mile 1 and I signaled to him the "I'm not sub 2-ing this" look. He nodded and cheered me forward, nonetheless. I had heard the course was "hilly" but I was used to the hills in PA, and not bothered by them in the day before like so many.. or so I thought. Runner's World hand-selected some of the most EPIC, killer hills and I am happy to share that I ATE THEM ALL FOR BREAKFAST! I am also happy to share that I did not stop to walk at all, with ONE EXCEPTION- to take a runfie with this cool guy.
That's right folks, you are seeing correctly!
I GOT A RUNFIE WITH RUNNER'S WORLD EDITOR IN CHIEF DAVID WILLEY.
Here's how it went, I saw him pass me at mile 6.2. I was trying to take a picture of him from behind when he noticed that his shoe was untied. He pulled over and I darted over, out of breath from chasing him. I asked him if he would please take a runfie with me and he happily obliged. He was SO friendly and encouraging. I am a big fan of serendipity. Running into David at this point was crucial for me. I was full of negative self-talk and ready to give up. He left me with the words, "GO GET IT", and that I did! Thank you, David!
After a few miles of eating hills for breakfast, I arrived happily at the Steel Stacks. I sprinted to a finish of 2:20:23 (my slowest 13.1 to-date) and I was still so COMPLETELY proud of myself. 3 races in one weekend, although spaced apart slightly, proved to be just as taxing on my body as my first marathon. I was exhausted, fatigued, overwhelmed- as many of you would say, I had all the feels! This will go down as my favorite race weekend to date. I met #werunsocial friends in person, stepped out of my comfort zone, took my very first (and hopefully not last) runfie (with DAVID WILLEY), high-fived Bart Yasso, and EARNED my medals proudly! I am so thankful for Runners World for offering such a great challenge. I don't know if I'll be back again but I do know that I am SO grateful for the challenge. I mentioned earlier that I also fund-raised through Runner's World charity St. Luke's. I raised $500.00 for the kids in my quest! As a token of their appreciation for my efforts, RW staff sent me a pair of Asics Gel Quantum 360's. I don't know if a little bird told them that Asics were my very favorites or what, but MAN.. that was such an awesome surprise! A BIG THANK YOU to the ENTIRE staff at Runner's World for putting on a RUNDERFUL weekend! (See what I did there!)
HAT TRICK STATUS!
As always, I was fueled by Nuun Hydration, and refueled with CHOCOLATE MILK. I ran in my trusty Asics. I sported my Momentum Jewlery motivate wrap- "love and gratitude" (did you see my new badge? I'm a proud new Momentum Ambassador- woot woot!) and wore my Procompression socks to #keepittight and my Garmin 220 to log my miles- all 22.4 of them! And in case you were wondering, no, I do not get paid to say all of this. You all should be in the know with these companies because they are awesome and I frequent them every race proudly because of how awesome each and every one of them are- you don't want to have a serious case of FOMO, do you!? Be in the know!
Next up: Run the Vineyards Sips, Tricks or Treats 5k & Run Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend!