Janell's Excellent Adventure
Being a parent is one of the strangest, most complicated things I've ever done.
But it's one of the best.
It's filled with complex feelings and emotions---
Some days I simply CANNOT wait for Lydia Claire to finally go down for a nap.
----but then I can't wait for her to get up so we can go get into something new.
Sometimes I NEED Adam to just take her for a little while so I can gather my wits.
----but before I know it, I've scooped her out of his arms.
This time last weekend, I had just gotten back from my first big trip since becoming a parent.
Pre-LC, I traveled lots to run.
Post-LC, not so much.
One day last May, I got the hair brained idea to do a Google search for "Cool Race Medals."
And then my coworker waltzed in to see what I was doing.
We happened upon the COOLEST race medal.
So we registered for the half marathon.
Because we NEEDED it, right?
Pennsylvania in a weekend? Totally doable.
It ended up being another one of those weird complex parent things.
I couldn't wait for a break from real life.
----but I was solo eager to get back to my gal.
In my mind, I just couldn't wait to get back to my runner roots - going somewhere new, running a race with all the crazy runner folks. Aside from that, I needed a break from being Mommy. But when it actually came down to it, I was scared. I didn't want to leave my gal.
May until September is a long time. I had neglected thinking about it; I didn't want to think about leaving my sweet girl.
But then race weekend arrived.
I almost backed out approximately 7 times.
But I did it.
I got in the car and rode for 12 hours.
And then I ran.
And then we came home.
It was a fabulous trip, and I didn't even cry when I FaceTimed my girl! She was having such a good time with her daddy that I couldn't be sad. She had a busy weekend filled with fun, food, and laughter. It was a lot like mine. :)
So, here's the race re-cap of the Bird-In-Hand half marathon in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania.
|Had to make a quick stop for lunch, but what really caught our eye were all the northern car tags!|
It meant we were getting close!
|Once we arrived in PA, we went straight to the expo. We had to park in a field.|
I was so excited to see all the Amish folks with their swanky rides!
|The expo was held outside in a big field. Pretty neat!|
|Taking our picture in front of the back drop must mean that it's about to get real!|
|Typical pose for me!|
|Trying to catch it as it floated away.|
|That night, they made us all smores. Jan and I had good intentions of staying, but then we got tired and decided to leave. Pretty cool, though, to go to a race where they make smores for you!|
|While I was having a grand ole time out in a field, LC and Adam were having a grand ole time eating Chinese take out and cuddling on the couch. I love this picture more than words.|
|On the way to our motel in Intercourse, PA, we passed numerous other folks also headed home.|
|These town names are too funny.|
|The next morning ----|
|We parked our car and got ready to line up.|
|After Jan crossed the finish line, we had to pose with our medals!|
|These ladies had driven down from Canada and were staying in the same motel as we did. We ran into them a lot! Super fun to talk to.|
It wasn't long after eating that we struck out, car pointed south. While we had a blast, we were oh so glad to be home.
And I had one little girl stuck to me like glue the next day!!
Proof I finished with a smile!
Aaron, my Amish pacer, let me finish first. :)
Half Marathon #11 --- 2:09:38