You can’t be a runner long without hearing the expression
Sometimes it’s funny to hear. Sometimes it’s annoying to hear. Sometimes, I even say it. It really depends on the way it’s said.
But there is truth to this. Sometimes we overthink, over analyze, and just forget to enjoy the beauty of the actual run. This weekend was different.
There was a part of me that wanted to run my races as races and not run them the smart way to run them to put myself in best position for NYCM. Part of me wanted to attack those hills in Bethlehem. Part of me wanted to see how if I could have run these races better than my first year of racing. Part of me wanted to test my legs and feel the burn in my lungs. But I needed to remember that in 20 days, I will be standing at the start line of the NYCM and then it will be go time.
I will say though that there is something to be said about running a good race, a smart race, and a fun race with friends. We had a blast running together. You get to chat away the miles. You get to take in the course a little more. You get to stop for photos if you want and you may even meet people that you might not meet otherwise.
Bethlehem is a really pretty course. It was still a very tough course and those hills are wicked.
It’s funny, I the first year I ran this in 2014 I didn’t know what to expect. I went into it with the race mentality. I had great finish times. In looking at my results now, I’m actually shocked. In my age group, I was 41 for 5K, 29 for 10K, and 50th for the Half. Although not racing this year, I still was in the the top 100’s for my age group. I went into this in 2014 not even knowing if I could finish these races and now it’s a stepping stone for a larger race. All that being said, I had a much better time this year. In 2014, I ended up not only running the races by myself, but starting them and ending them alone. I may not have ran as fast this year, but I had a much better race experience. I had fun. I laughed until I cried at one point.
Life is better with friends!
I am so happy that I ran this again and would love to do it again. Maybe with some more friends (hint. hint).
Whose in for next year?