Every family has different Thanksgiving traditions. For the past two years, my family has made the Berwick Run For The Diamonds part of ours. My grandparents live in Berwick so it makes running this historic Thanksgiving day race pretty convenient.
The fact that my family is local also gives the race a little more meaning for me. Berwick is a small town with a small town feel. The people who live there know what the race means and are aware of the elite runners and Olympic talent that it has brought in over it’s 104 year history. It is hard for many people to understand a lot of what a professional runner does or the significance of the races that he or she may run. But my family and the community that they live in understand the Run For The Diamonds. Of course my family loves me and will be proud of me no matter what, but it is nice to do something that they can truly understand and relate to.
With all that being said, I didn’t just do it for my family. I did get a pretty awesome diamond necklace for the win! I’m really happy with my race! After putting in some quality miles and workouts this fall, I was excited to see how my fitness compared to last year’s. I have done all of my workouts on my own this fall and I didn’t have anything to compare myself to. I ran a minute and forty-five seconds faster than last year in this race so I can finally feel confident that I’m making progress!
p.s. Ryan ran the race too! He was fifth and got a diamond ring! (My diamond is bigger)
Just a quick update from me (Ryan). I ran my first race since the Firecracker 4k on July 4 on Saturday. It was a very low key race in Lancaster called the Stoudts Brewing Company 12k (7.43 miles). It went very well and I got the win in a new course record. The course was very difficult with a long hill from 3 to 4 1/2 miles. Mile splits were 4.58/5.15/5.14/6.21/5.28/4.39/5.28/4.58 pace for last 0.43 miles. It was a good effort but I never really felt like the intensity went much more above a tempo run. Overall I was very happy with it and the race was a lot of fun. It was the 9th year it’s been run and the organization was smooth, volunteers were friendly, and it seemed like everyone had a good time.
Check out the course here.
The finishers prize was some delicious homemade bread and free beer!
I’m finally getting settled in to what my life is going to be like until December when the holidays come around and things get wild again. I’ve started substitute teaching and my training is becoming pretty routine.
I’ve started to implement a lifting routine that Jim Sullivan, exercise physiologist and husband to my primary coach, has created for me. I’ve never done much lifting and the stuff he has me doing is kicking my butt right now.
I’ve also started running twice a day 2-3 times a week. It’s surprising that I’ve never run double days until five weeks ago. To me, sleep has always been a top priority and I just could never fit that second run in! Now that I can pretty much make my own schedule, I just don’t work on days that I have to fit two runs in! This way I can get both my runs in and a nap!
On another note, the housework has been suffering. I’m working two to three days a week and training and napping takes up a lot of my days otherwise. Let me be clear, neither Ryan nor I are tidy people and it takes an active effort to keep the floor clear enough so traveling from one room to the next does not become an obstacle course. House-guests be warned.