For Christmas this past year I asked Jennifer to get me a racers bib for the Bird-in-Hand half marathon. I have been fascinated with this race ever since reading Running with the Amish by Bart Yasso, a few years back. She did it. So I immediately began training and today was the day that i had to run the thing.
It was loads of fun. It certainly helped that my good pal from church came in 2nd. I came in somewhere around 702nd. We both had tons of fun. But I will say this–it was very hot–not complaining but just want to state that I know I could have run 15 minutes faster had it dipped just once below 80. But, hey it was hot for everybody else as well. Except maybe Jeremy. He flew.
I took some pictures, well Jennifer took pictures. I supposed I could have been one of those people that comes to a dead stop whilst on the race to course to grab just the right shot just prior to being bowled over by a much larger and harder to stop at top steep runner. Lesson? Don’t come to a complete stop in front of a 220llb runner heading full speed. I just can’t get stopped. I want to. I can’t . I am gonna have to sweaty bear hug you to stop. Sorry. You won’t like sweaty bear hug. That being said. The scenery was incredible and I have really enjoyed seeing everyone’s pictures.
Another really cool aspect of the race was having Chris McDougall go around me at mile 7, bare feet and all. Talked with him afterward and was very impressed with his demeanor and love for running. He is a cool guy and I look forward to his upcoming book this March.
Great race and love running with the Amish. Even if that does mean getting smoked by two girls wearing head covers and long black dresses.