Today was my first run since I was on vacation in Florida. It was fairly chilly in Hershey today even though I did my run close to noon. I decided that I would start at the Cocoa Beanery located on Research Boulevard in Hershey, PA. I ran up Bullfrog Valley Rd made a left and than took the second right onto Hiltop Rd. This means that I slowly went up to the top of the hill (via Bullfrog) and then quickly went down the hill (via Hiltop Rd). I decided to have a water stop at the Hershey Free Church (I am a member there). As a reference point it is about 3 miles from the Beanery to Hershey Free. My next "leg" of my run was to be my most challenging. I have wanted to run up Hiltop for at least a year (since I heard tails of the "killer taper run" of 2011). I did made it up the whole way, but about 3/4 of the way I stopped to walk the rest of the way. I don't take this as failure... but rather more reason to get in better shape to conquer it next time :-).
- Run earlier in the day, it's more fun.
- Don't allow challenges to get me psyched out.
- Since I know I can do Moore's mountain at Messiah, I KNOW I can do Hiltop Rd.
I originally planned running 10 miles, but I cut it short today. The primary reason was due to time constraints, but the truth is that my mind was not in the game today. Next time, I know I can do it :-). My cutting it short was 8 miles. I typically would have made myself do the 10 miles, but I know that something is way better than nothing. Also, if I'm not mistaken because I did 8 today I can do a simple workout at the gym and then continue my week as planned.
This coming Saturday (5/18) we will be running at Messiah College. This is by far my favorite place to run (because I like to be tortured by hills). Looks like it's a 12 mile run... I'm hoping to help one of the participants do her longest long run for her half coming up in a few weeks. We'll see if I can keep up with her :-).
Remember I run for those who can't. Running happy!