I guess I never bothered to re-cap the run that I was training for the last few months. I did the Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a nine mile race in Berwick, PA that has been going on for 104 years now. Here’s one of the reasons it’s the run for the diamonds..
The race starts out in high spirits. A run down Market Street lined with cheering spectators, music blaring “Ain’t nothin’ Gonna Break My Stride. Nobody’s gonna Slow Me Down. Oh No. I’ve got to keep on Movin’…”, then comes the hill. It goes on for a length of time. My pace slowed on the hill, but I kept going. I ran by Wonder Woman on the hill only to have Santa Clause pass me moments later. I Love runners! My knee that had been bothering me off and on for the last month or so started to make itself a burden. I made it over the hill and then started down. The downhill is always my least favorite. Wonder Woman overtook me going down the hill, my knee ached, but my body felt good running. I had many moments where I felt like I could run forever and only a few where I wondered why the hell I was running this race. By mile 6 I really had to pee even though I peed about four thousand times before the race. Running along side a stream doesn’t help in these instances. At mile seven while going up a tiny incline my knee gave me a fit. I had to slow to a walk briefly as I wondered if my knee would keep working. My pace slowed now because of the pain, but I still felt surprisingly good. I made my way to the finish line where my husband was waiting and cheering me on. I finished at 1:37:13. My goal was to finish under 100 minutes, so my time was right where I wanted it even with the steep hill and knee pain.
^ Near the finish line and not far from the port-o-pot.
After arriving home I realized that my knee was going to be a problem. I could barely get up and down stairs. Ice, Icy Hot and elevation. As much as it hurt, it felt fine the next day.
We ate Thanksgiving Dinner at Cracker Barrel since it was only Brian and I. Jacob was at my parent’s house already. Cracker Barrel is definitely not a good place for a vegan diet. They didn’t even have baked potatoes since all of their potatoes were going to the Thanksgiving Day special. I ate fruit and a small salad.
Brian and I both worked Friday and then we had the weekend off. The plan was to go to Southern York County to get Jacob.
Saturday morning at 7:30 I left on my bike from our house heading South.
Brian passed me near the halfway point. We met up to discuss the next rendezvous and decided on City Island in Harrisburg. I decided at this stop that I wasn’t going to do the whole ride. It was too cold, I was on my heavy commuter bike and I felt sloth like in all my layers.
The next stretch of the J Route took me on roads that were border-line major highways. Not a very good bike route. I pressed forward eager to get away from the traffic. Just outside of Harrisburg were lots of historical sites.
Not far from City Island now. The J Route intersects with the Capital Area Greenbelt for a few miles here.
We went to my parent’s house, stayed overnight and all three of us headed home the next day.
A week has passed. I have only run about 5.5 miles. I rode to work a few times, but the weather has been wintery. I have driven to work that last two working days. Talk about needing coffee! I really want to ride tomorrow, but we are suppose to get snow….again. I will see how the morning looks.
Today is my 41st birthday. I made it through the whole day of work with no one knowing. A nice change from my last job. I came home to roses from my husband, but he’s at work. So I sit around in my jammies watching football. I feel so lazy today. No ride, no run; just relaxation.