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Hey there party people!! As promised, I thought I would share my recap of this year’s half marathon!
Saturday afternoon I headed to Hershey to pick up my packet. I loved seeing all the kids headed in to the park in costume! And the entrance to the building where we pick up the packet is always festive.
When I got inside, I walked around the expo a little bit. There was a good turn out crowd-wise, but it wasn’t packed to the point of being un-enjoyable. I even spotted Another Mother Runner there!
I had to snap a picture of being in the “A” line to pick up my packet for the very first time! <—– total cheese ball I know. But I waited a long time to be Mrs. Albright during a run and wanted to document the moment.
I don’t keep every single bib from every race I run, but I thought this year’s bib for Hershey was particularly cute! Plus since I ran this one pregnant, I’ll hold to it as a keepsake.
One thing about Hershey and their swag bags—they never disappointment. I loved the tech shirt and the bag. They also give you two free tickets to Hersheypark In the Dark! My friend Mindy has a family of 4 so I gave her my two tickets so she could take her whole family courtesy of the Half Marathon.
I tried my hardest that evening to get a good night’s sleep, but my mind was reeling and I kept waking up every few hours worried that I wasn’t going to hear my alarm clock. I was also a tad worried about how the run was going to go. Was I going to feel okay? Were baby and I going to make it without issue? Am I making a mistake by attempting this run?
Needless to say, I didn’t get a good night’s sleep. Even still, I was up and at ‘em at 5:30am. I laid my clothes out the night before so all I had to do was throw them on. I made my way downstairs and had a yummy pumpkin spice bagel with cream cheese for breakfast! I decided to wait until I got home after the race to take my prenatal vitamin on the off chance that it would upset my stomach.
I made my wait to Hershey, and arrived a little less than an hour before the start. I sat in my car for a little while to stay warm for as long as possible, but then headed to the start line with about 30 minutes to go. I decided to take advantage of the down time by going potty (this was the first of SIX potty trips) and doing some stretching.
It was a super cold and windy morning, and about 10 minutes before the start of the race it started to drizzle. *great* I saw this as a sign that I should head for shelter and take advantage of the potty one last time before the start.
Thankfully by the time I came back out, the drizzle had stopped and the race was starting. Here we go!!! No turning back now!
I ran with the 14 minute group because I was going in to this race with the mindset that time was not important, finishing was. And I pretty much stuck with that mentality the whole time. About a half mile in I spotted a potty station and thought to myself that I should take advantage of every potty I see. Even though I had already gone, I was still feeling pressure and the urge to pee and wanted to take advantage of there not being a line.
I apologize—I’ll try to refrain from all the potty talk as much as I can.
After a quick stop I was back on the road again and we chugging along the Giant Center parking lot. This is easily [Continue reading...]