I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. McDougall in person at the Bird In Hand 5K race in 2015. He was a really awesome guy to talk to!
I heard about the Beer Runners trail run in December from Christopher McDougall's Twitter. And made a note to sign up for it. But right after that, my zumba studio announced they would be opening for 6 sessions this winter in another studio on Sundays, and I signed up immediately.
My friend Jodi reminded me of the run, and I made a list of pros and cons to chose if I would do the run, or the Zumba class. Both started at the exact same time, 1 hour away.
On one side, I had already paid for the zumba class, but I would have to run 10 miles after. Alone. And I had been looking forward to going to zumba all week!
On the other side, I could run along Christopher McDougall, when would this opportunity come again? I would run in a new place, and if needed, could run the other 3 miles later that day.
I picked the run in Lancaster.
We showed up to the Lancaster County Park around 11:30, there were some people, but more were arriving. A lot more people showed up closer to noon.
There was a warm up before the run, we missed most of it, because we couldn't hear the instructions, or because we arrived a bit late after using the bathroom.
The group looked to be maybe 100-120 people. We all split up on groups by distance, there was 3 miles, 5 miles and 7 miles. I went with the 7 milers.
We took off for the woods, and there were hills right off from the start. I was worried about losing the pacer, not knowing the park, but there was enough people to follow. I stuck close to Jodi and Bekah. Roger was running in front of me for a while, he normally runs the first mile faster than me.
Christopher McDougall was running close to us around this time, I kept seeing him right ahead of us.
|Roger running ahead of me.|
A little past 1 mile, we heard a crashing sound behind us, and somebody yelled "Watch out!", as a herd of deer came running around us. it was amazing! they ran by us fast !
Right after this, we joined the 5 miler group. and I passed Roger, and another big group.
The top was a great view of some of the park and some of Lancaster. We got our selfies!
The run finished at 6.97 for me, so I ran to finish the 7 miles, then went to the car to get my jacket. I was cold and hungry.
The rest of the event was going to a pub for beer and a movie. Sadly, we were not able to participate on that, I needed to be back in Harrisburg by 4:00.
But we still went to Chillis for lunch, and got cheese fries!! so yummy! I was very cold for a long time after.
I would absolutely to this run again, I made the right choice!
If you could run next to an author, who would it be?
What author do you want to meet? for a while, I had a huge crush on Junot Diaz, he is my choice for next author to meet.
What food warms you up after a cold run?
Do you talk to random people at runs? I do, out of breath, but I love hearing about other's running adventures.
Have you run in a covered Bridge before? covered bridges are all the rage in PA!