Friday, May 11, 2012

A Day to Remember

This past Sunday was definitely a day to remember in my book, one that I had been looking forward to with anticipation for weeks.  And it didn't disappoint.  The day started early, as I had to set my alarm for around 5:30 a.m. in order to battle traffic and road closures to make it to the start of the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.  I had trained hard for this race, and was planning to run a lot of it with my awesome friend, Sara.  We started off fast (too fast, as it would turn out) and cruised along at a stellar pace for the first 8 or 9 miles.  Sadly, the combination of sunshine + warm temps + hills eventually took their toll and we both slowed considerably in the final miles.  Also, mile 12 was totally uphill.  That's just cruel, course designers!  I had really wanted to finish in under 1:50 and despite passing the 1:50 pace guy on my sprint (okay, fast jog) to the finish line I clocked in a few seconds over that.  Still, I had a blast and my time was significantly faster than last year.  Now to attack my PR of 1:44...

After the race, I drove home, showered, and ate and drank as much as I could cram in before getting in the car again to drive to Hershey, PA to meet my favorite band, Lady Antebellum.  I am so glad that you don't have to stand up to drive, as my legs were definitely protesting all the movement at this point.  I stopped to pick up my sister (who offered to come along the night before a final exam - who is this person?) and we hit the road again.  I was able to meet all the members of the band, ask them a few questions, and just hang out for a bit.  They are amazingly wonderful, and the whole experience was one I will not soon forget.  A big shout out to Eric and my mom for covering childcare for the girls so I could make this happen!