Bird in Hand Half Marathon Recap

I signed up for this race last spring as my gauge for the Marine Corps Marathon. I would usually run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon but this time I wanted to switch it up and try a different race. 

On Friday, I headed up to the race expo in Amish country. The expo was completely outside under a huge white tent, I quickly just went in got Brian and my bibs and crossed the street to the Farmers Market. I bought us a bunch of whoopie pies. 

How could I resist? 

We arrived at the race around 6:00am, we sat in the car a little bit because the humidity was already so high so we were trying to stay cool.

People were getting the hot air balloons ready to take off just before the race. It was so fun seeing them blow them up. 

I decided that Brian and I have to do a hot air balloon ride sometime.

The view was awesome of them all in the air before the start of the race.

It was great to run into two of my college field hockey teammates before the start.

Lauren played on the forward line with me at Eastern.

Joelyn was an amazing goalie. I could always trust her when she was in the cage.

Seeing the hot air balloons in the air was so fun!

The heat and humidity was definitely a huge factor in this race. Thankfully they added extra water stations and ice chests to cool off throughout the race. 

The scenery around the race was so beautiful to be able to look out on the Amish farms was incredible. Not to mention all the water stations were run by sweet Amish families, who could resist taking a cup of water or Gatorade from a little Amish kiddo!?

The course was definitely hilly, but I started off the race pretty strong. I was shocked with how fast I was going. I honestly felt pretty good prior to the massive hill at the middle of mile 7. I could barely run up it my legs were so tired! 

After the hill, I felt that I gained myself back a bit but last 2 miles of so of the course was changed from previous years to run through a farm. It was awesome to be able to enjoy the lifestyle of the area but was hard to run through the grass field. But when I got out of the field and made the turn down the street and through the shoot I was proud of what I accomplished this race. I finished in 2:16:26 which was slower than my original goal but given the weather and my first race backlist surgery, I am happy. 

The hubby had a great race too! 

My favorite post race meal! 

I am definitely excited to say I have one of the top ranked coolest medals by Runners World! 

It has been good to reflect on how far I have come since I first started running in 2012. I never thought I would find running so enjoyable and something I crave to do every day. 

2016: Week 36 Recap

Over half way done marathon training! 

Here is what was on the docket this week:

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 5 miles
  • Wednesday: 8 miles
  • Thursday: 5 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: Bird in Hand Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
  • Sunday: rest

Monday, September 5th 

Happy Labor Day! 

5.19 miles…. Legs were heavy after the long run but I’m glad I got it done!!

Tuesday, September 6th

5 miles early in the morning, may not be able to get more of these runs on now that work is ramping up again. May have to do more mid-morning runs. 

Happy 10 months to our fur baby, Lola! 

She loves Starbucks pupaccinos! (And banana bread)

Wednesday, September 7th 

I wasn’t sure I was going to get this run in due to my schedule, but thankfully I did and it felt great! 

Thursday, September 8th
3.25 miles because I couldn’t get my run in till the evening and I was planning on playing field hockey at practice on Friday. So I didn’t want to kill my legs before the half marathon on Saturday. 

Friday, September 9th 

Rest day – but got to play some field hockey at practice! 

Saturday, September 10th

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

13.1 miles through hilly Lancaster County, PA. Sick medal and so humid! 

See more in my race recap posting later. 

Sunday, September 11th

Rest day

Saw one of my huddle leaders play field hockey! 

2016: Week 35 Recap

Week 10 of marathon training

Training schedule looked like this:

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 8 miles
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 8 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: 17 miles
  • Sunday: rest 

Monday, August 29th

4 mile run before and after 6am again!

Tuesday, August 29th

Another 5:30am start! 4 miles! 

Wednesday, August 31st

8.01 miles with the last 2.5 miles with my bestie, Sarah! 

Thursday, September 1st
Nice 4 mile run before 6am. 

Yay it’s September!

Friday, September 2nd

Rest day – but it’s better when you have your first Pumpkin Spice Latte with your bestie! 

Saturday, September 3rd

I ran 17 miles to say that Girls Run the World! 

It was such an amazing cool run along the Schyukill River Trail! 

Definitely what I was feeling after my 17 mile run. 

Sunday, September 4th

A much needed REST DAY!

I couldn’t wait, I have been wanting to buy myself a Lilly Pulitzer agenda forever! So I finally bought on this weekend and I am using it as a running log. 

2016: Week 34 Recap

I can’t believe I am about half way through training for my second full marathon. 

Week 9 of Marine Corps Marathon training.

Here is my weekly mileage set up: 

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 5 miles 
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 4 miles 
  • Friday: rest 
  • Saturday: 13.1 miles 
  • Sunday: rest 

Monday, August 22nd

4 miles with negative splits and it was a cool morning temperature wise. Made for a enjoyable run. 

Tuesday, August 23rd

Started off the day with a 3 mile run. 

In the evening we had the field hockey team do a timed 2 mile run on the Radnor Trail. I ran 1 mile up and 1 mile back to make my total for today 5 miles!

Wednesday, August 24th

Easy miles on some heavy legs. 

Thursday, August 25th

A morning run before and after 6:00am. Legs felt awesome which made me very happy! 

Friday, August 26th 

Rest day – spent the day with the field hockey team on the river canoeing. 

Saturday, August 27th

Weekend long run just didn’t feel like doing 13.1 so I did a little more than half of it instead. Needed a little break. 

Sunday, August 28th

Rest day. 

Went into Old City Philadelphia with the hubby for a date afternoon. 

Lunch at Fork because we had a gift certificate from Christmas.

We went to Franklin Fountain for dessert. We ordered the Stock Market Crunch sundae.

Then we hung out by Penns Landing. 

2016: Week 33 Recap

Week 8 of marathon training!

Miles to run:

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 7 miles
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 7 miles
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 15 miles (long run)
  • Sunday: Rest

Monday, August 15th

4.19 miles down with negative splits. 

Tuesday, August 16th
4 miles on the treadmill because I wanted to multitask and watch the Olympics while running. 

Wednesday, August 17th
A nice run around the Wilson Farm Park loop. 4 miles! 

Thursday, August 18th 

Very slow run because my feet have been bothering me due to training and coaching field hockey all day. Glad I finished one of my 7 milers for the week!

Friday, August 19th

Rest day but did some leg strength training at the gym.

Saturday, August 20th

Long run day! 15 miles done on the SRT and I couldn’t wait to eat! 

Had to take some pictures to remind me of the Philly Marathon last November. 

Sunday, August 21st

Rest day! 

I can’t believe I am about half way through training for my second marathon!

2016: Week 32 Recap

Week 7 of marathon training!

Miles to run:

  • Monday: 4 miles
  • Tuesday: 7 miles
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 7 miles
  • Friday: rest or cross training
  • Saturday: 14 miles
  • Sunday: rest

Monday, August 8th

4.2 mile run with negative splits definitely made me a happy girl! Did strength training in the evening. 

Tuesday, August 9th 

Changed up the mileage for the week. Did 4.16 moving my 7 miler to Wednesday. 

Wednesday, August 10th

7 very hot and humid miles

Thursday, August 11th

Got out early for a 3.16 mile run. Very humid, ran as fast as I could most of the time. I hate that I’m slow in the heat. 

Can’t wait for cooler fall temps!

Friday, August 12th

Decided on a rest day because of the humid temps in Philly. 

Saturday, August 13th

14.06 miles and I’m glad I pushed through and got it done. Get much better than last week’s long run, making progress! 

Sunday, August 14th

Rest day! 

Enjoyed the afternoon at the Phillies game! 

Then we went food shopping and bought lots a fruits and veggies. I was excited to meet Katie Reinprect. 

I am really excited for this crazy heat wave in Philly to go away! 

Review: LaraBar Bites

My Instagram friend Chelsy, discovered that LaraBars made these bites that can help savor your sweet tooth. I went on a Target run and I found them in the food section and I just had to try them after her recommendation. 

There are 4 different kinds of LaraBar Bites (see in picture below). 

Honestly, I can be a picky eater sometimes and I don’t like cherries or coconut so the bottom two I wouldn’t try. But the Mint Chocolate Truffle and the Double Chocolate Brownie I would eat regularly. 

My first try was obviously the Double Chocolate Brownie and they were amazing. I could have honestly munched on the whole bag, there are 5 servings per bag and 4 of the little nubs are 140 calories. 

I hope that you decide to try them because they are definitely worth it when you have that random evening sweet tooth craving!