Hershey Half 2013
So… I ran the Hershey Half again this year!
And I have been sore ever since. I didn’t do as well as I did last year (which you can read about here). I hadn’t expected to do as well because I only gave myself two months to train and I really need three. But overall I’m happy with my race time as I only added six minutes as opposed to the 10-15 minutes that I thought it would be. I did make the mistake a lot of runners make: I went out too fast. I’m usually so good at pacing myself that I end up holding back the whole race and have so much energy in the end that I sprint the last mile and half. Because of my lack of training I figured that I didn’t have much to lose, plus I felt really good in the beginning, so I went for it. And didn’t realize how fast I was going ’til mile three. It was just a little bit slower than my fastest 5k. Crap. I slowed up, but it was too late. The last four miles were brutal. I was dehydrated and really struggling with energy, especially on hills.
Then the last stretch finally came into sight. The parking lot was lined with people cheering. So I dug deep and sprinted the last three quarters of a mile. I must have drove the people around me nuts. I was huffin’ and puffin’ so loudly but I couldn’t control it. I passed a ton of people at the end and my time didn’t suck. So it was worth it.
Even though I wasn’t as prepared for it as I would like to have been, I’m really glad I did it. This was my sixth half. And out of all of the other halfs I’ve done, it’s my favorite race for a lot of reasons.
One of the reasons is the swag. You get two free tickets to Hershey Park in the Dark, in addition to a bunch of other cool stuff pictured above. So we went to the park the day before the race and rode all of our favorite rides. Mine is the Tilt-O-Whirl. I laughed my head off. Which caused the hubs to laugh his head off. We must have been a sight. I was loud. And I’m never loud. But it’s such a fun ride, it’s always the first one we do as soon as we get to the park.
Some of the other reasons I love the race are: they cap the race at 5,000 people, it’s close to home, the course is beautiful (albeit a little hilly), you get free chocolate, it’s held during the perfect time of year, and it supports a great cause – The Children’s Miracle Network.
So I may have run a disappointing time, but it was all worth it.