Oktoberfest Half Marathon

The hills are alive with me screaming fuck this hill…

What can I say, my first half marathon back was HARD.  This hills mostly.   Also the race was actually short in mileage.  About .73 miles which to me, is significant.  I didn’t realize until well after the race was over.  So I feel like I am lying when I say my first half back is in the books.  Luckily my run next weekend will be 13.5 miles so it will really be in the books soon enough.  Also I thought the hills were significant but now looking at my Fitbit display, I feel like a wimp.

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Overall the weather was great and the course was beautiful.  Penny Pack Park in Northeast Philadelphia is spectacular.  I have run this half before actually almost exactly two years ago when I was five months postpartum with my first.  I felt like I did better the first time around but I am starting to realize racing is much like childbirth, you only remember the good parts. 14720440_10154635809567402_7978532837942903599_n The course was different this time as well.  Last time there was some unpaved trail but this time the whole course was paved because of maintenance being done on a bridge.  I felt like the pavement was so hard on my body but maybe it was all the damn running.  My uterus hurt after I know sorry – TMI.  Either way I did it, mostly thanks to my girl over at Nature or Bust who stayed with me the entire time even when I had my cranky pants on.  Here we are after the race. The foliage was amazing.  This is by far the prettiest time of year.

Happy Monday!