Sunday, September 27, 2015

Run with The Amish

This weekend was the Run with the Amish 5K, half, and full marathon in Adams County Ohio.
I won an entry into the race from Running on Candy.

This weekend was amazing!!
Run with the Amish in Adams County Ohio. Fundraiser for the local amish schools.

Pre race information was very specific. Videos of the course. The race director even put her personal phone number on face book in case anyone got lost or had questions.

Packet pickup was easy to find, and very well organized!

In and out in 5 minutes. Then we walked to the Millers Bakery! I bought two peanut butter cookies with peanut butter icing slathered between the cookies. The smell of fresh baked bread was mouth watering!

After packet pick up we drove 3 miles down the road to the Amish bbq and auction.The best grilled chicken ever!!
And homemade pies. More than 10 varieties to choose from! I had pecan. And some homemade ice cream.

We didnt stay for the auction. I think my husband was afraid Id spend to much money.

We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Mayesville Kentucky. SOFT pillows and comfy bed! Friday and Microwave, and real eggs for the continental breakfast!!!

Goody bag was packed. Also had a tech shirt.

 There were water tables every mile. They was stocked with water, gatorade, apples, some had gummies and oranges. Some had themes, and all were very supportive.

The portapotty was even decorated!

We were in Amish country so we had to watch for "Road Apples"

There were awards for 5K run and 5K walk. Half marathon run and half marathon walk. Full Marathon run, and full marathon walk. And the awards went three deep in every age group. And the age groups were 5 years, not the average 10.

My husband placed 2nd in his age group for the 5K walk.

My daughter hurt her foot and had major shin splints so after the first mile we decided to walk the remainder of the way.
The hills were big, the rain was cold, but we still had a wonderful time!!
It was slow, but there was no time limit, and we sure got our monies worth!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Harolds 25K

August 16, 2015   This was the first year for the Howards 25K. (15.54 miles)
It was a benefit for the Allegany Animal Shelter.

It was a point to point race on the Great Allegany Passage.  It started in Frostburg MD and ended in Cumberland MD.
Packet pick up was Saturday night. They also had a pasta dinner, but I had to work, so my husband picked up my packet.
The morning of the race my husband dropped me off at the start and then he went to church.

There was a 4 hour time limit for this race. My goal was to keep each mile less than 15 mm.

Sid Busch, the gentleman who runs with a flag and honors a fallen hero at every race, ran with us.
He ran for Adam Conn and his dog Bruno.

The race started at 8 AM. It perfect weather. The first 12 miles were nice and shaded by the trees over the trail. The remainder were still on the trail, but no shade.

I was pretty much alone after mile one. I could see a group ahead of me, but for the most part it was me, my gymboss, and nature. At mile 6 I could see a flag waving in the air in front of me. I continued to do my intervals, stopped at a porta potty. and was slowly catching the flag. At mile 8 I caught him, asked if I could take a picture with him. HE is the sweetest kindest most humble person!! His face looked pale and I asked if he was ok. He said he was having stomach upset and was having a hard time. I asked if he would be ok if I walked with him to the next water stop and then if he wanted  he could catch a ride to the finish line.
He didnt have any water, I had my camel back. We were set. I turned off my gymboss and listened to his navy stories, talked a bit political, talked about many races. He has run uncountable half marathons, and will run his 200th marathon at the air force in September. Mile 10 was the next water stop. He watered up and we continued.
It was an honor to walk the last 7 1/2 miles with him.  We finished after the 4 hour cut off. Several of the first finishers came back to finish with Sid. It was so nice to see them honor him. Sid and I ran across the finish line together. It was an honor.

There was LOTS off food left over. AND I GOT CHOCOLATE MILK!!!! Two whole cartons!! There was also donuts and pizza, but I couldnt handle that.

Great race, great organization. I will most definitely do this one again!
Sids facebook post about the race. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Deckers Creek 2015

Deckers Creek Half Marathon in Morgantown WV. Saturday June 6, 2015. I did this race several years ago, and had a blast.
I was not as prepared for this race as I wanted to be. Its been 1 1/2 years since Ive run a half. I just started running again in January. I regained weight. A lot of weight.

This is a point to point race on a trail (hardpacked for the most part) and then the last 3 miles on hardtop. Buses took us up the curvy windy mountain to the start. The race starts in two waves 15  minutes apart. It is a gradual down hill until mile 9. It runs along a river and the scenery is gorgeous. The trees cover the trail for the first 9 miles, and provide amazing protection from the sun.

There is amazing back of the pack support. Ed rides his bike and makes sure everyone is surviving. I was not as prepared for this race as I wanted to be. I knew I would be doing intervals. I knew I was slower than before, heavier than before. I was hoping to finish at 3:00 but in my head I knew I was closer to 3:15.  There are no race photos of me other than the one my husband snapped as I crossed the finish line.

I will go back next year, and I will take some of those minutes off!!

This year was the first time they handed out a medal.
The shirt was made of recycled material. It is SO SOFT!! I love it.

Time 3:17.00

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Cindys Run

Cindys Fund was started when Cindy Kutchman lost her battle with cancer.
This fund was establish to raise money for education, screening, and travel expenses for the people of Garrett County.

Cindys Deep Creek Lake Loop 10 mile, 5K, and 1 mile fun run was held Saturday, May 9th.
I was a bit leary of this race. It was small!! I knew I would be last, but wanted to make sure I wasnt to far last.  The race was advertised as 3 hour time limit (18.00) and the race director assured me that my 15 mm would be fine.  SO, I signed up.

My husband went along and he did the 5K.

 It was a cool morning and the grass was wet. And the humidity was 100%.

We started on the grass and a short jaunt on a trail and then went to the roadway. Everyone pulled ahead of me by mile one. I was last and alone. There were several hills. One doozy, but it was walkable. All of the volunteers were wonderful. No one left before I made it to their station. I did let them know that I was the last one.

The water was warm at the last two stations, I cant do warm water. The police officer at the last road crossing started following me in. It was a very narrow road, and he pulled ahead of me and all the traffic had to go to the other side of the road. I was embarrassed at all the publicity, but in a small way, it felt good. Several people clapping out car windows. They knew I was last!

After I crossed the finish line I asked the police officer if I could take a picture with him. I have been last in several events but this was my first true police escort.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hot Chocolate Run

The Philadelphia Hot Chocolate Run. April 4, 2015.

I won an entry into the Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. from Laura at Project Lovely Laura.
There was a bit of a mixup and I didn't hear from Ram Racing until the end of February. By then most of the affordable hotel rooms where taken. I have never ridden a subway and had no idea how to maneuver around Philly, so I bit the bullet and paid a bit more than I normally would for a room.

I asked my friend to go with me, but her boyfriend was having surgery, so I ended up in Philly all by myself.
I had a blast walking around.

Packet pick up first. It was pretty much empty. I didnt see the chocolate covered marshmallows I had heard about. Bib pickup was very easy!! They pulled printed your bib while you were standing there.
Jacket is wonderful. Warm. Love it!!
Most of the touristy houses/buildings were closed, but I still looked around. I want to go back and explore and stay longer.

My kids got me hooked on National Treasure!! The Clock Tower!

On the way back to the hotel I grabbed some Panera Bread soup and then crawled into bed by 8PM. 

The next morning it was easy to find the start line!! I just followed the stream of people. 

Met up with the group from Running with Curves. What a great group of women!! 

It was cold and very very windy. We lined up and the 5K started first, then the 15K. Due to my estimated finish time I was in the WAY BACK. Coral T to be exact.  Who did I find myself beside but the famous Jill Angie!! She is normal down to earth and open and honest!! It was a pleasure to chat with her for 30 + minutes. She hinted to me that my 2:30 intervals may be to much. (Wish I had listened to her!!) Not sure why I thot that anything less made me less of a runner. 
As we stood there chatting I was starting to panic. I was afraid I wouldnt make it back to the hotel for check out. 
After we started the out and back loop I heard several on the return giggling and wondering why people would sign up for a race if they were going to walk. That didnt sit well, but I continued on. The water stops were picked over, but  there were chocolate chips and water. 

I finally crossed the finish line. AND PICTURES ARE FREE!!!I looked miserable, because I was. It was cold, and I was ready to be finished!! 
Time 2:19.13  
I stood in line for a finishers cup of hot chocolate, but it was moving slow, and I had to get back to the hotel. So I missed the finish line goodies. 
Im not sure if I would do another Hot Chocolate Run. There was a  lot of hype and I expected more. BUT, part of that was my fault. Got to packet pickup later in the day, and shouldve stayed an extra day to enjoy the after festivities.