What happened last weekend is that many events, most of which I was excited about individually, all coincided on the same weekend. The weekend was pretty fun but very tiring and intense, especially given that it was right on the heels of KN Summer Camp.
On Friday, Daria showed up from a work trip to Baltimore, so we took her out for cheesy crab fries and Belgian ales. I walked around with her for awhile, and showed her my lab and then the gelato place (coconut, lime, chocolate, mango chile). Saturday morning we went to the farmer's market, then drove out to Longwood Gardens for the day to walk around and see flowers, many kinds of trees, an amazing greenhouse, and a big exhibit on scents and perfumes (pictures later). And at the end of the day, we watched a nice production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Ruddigore, which a friend of ours was in. Long day but pretty fun. Early in the day we spotted a stray cat that has suddenly been around our neighborhood a lot, which Ben thought might be the cat mentioned in a craigslist lost cat posting. We wanted to help it so we put it in our bathroom with food, water, and a catbox (keeping it away from our cats for flea/disease reasons) and emailed the craigslist person but then went out for the day. In retrospect that was a bad idea, because while we were out the cat jumped up to our tiny ventilation window, clawed through the screen, jumped down onto our kitchen roof and escaped, and the craigslist person never wrote back indicating it wasn't their cat. We think now that it's someone's cat who is letting it outside... but argh, it was stressful and horrible and we were worried it was injured until we spotted it again the next day, unharmed. I can't imagine wanting to keep outdoor cats in my neighborhood, though.
Sunday was the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut trail half-marathon in Wyomissing, which I was pretty excited about. It was my first trail race as well as my first half. The race organization was the best that I have ever seen, and basically the only bad thing about the race was the weather. They had quick check-in, actual women's race shirts, amazing post-race food, a gorgeous course, ample water stops, lots of nice people and kind of a small town race feel. But the temperature was something like 75 at race start, 85 when I finished the half, and the humidity was 80-90% the whole time. I was just drenched in sweat from early on, and when I tried to go faster it would feel like my body wasn't behaving normally. Obviously I run outside in the heat here, but it's just a lot slower! I couldn't imagine running a full in that weather; it would take ages. I ended up finishing in 2:30, which is the same as my first half split when I ran the Indianapolis Marathon in October... the weather makes such a big difference. I was not too concerned with time though, partly from never having run a timed half before, partly from the weather, and also by force because we overslept in the morning and in the rush to leave I forgot my watch! They didn't have clocks anywhere along the course either, but I think that made it feel more laid back since I couldn't check my pace and just tried to listen to my body.
They are doing another race in August, in Pennypack Park, called the Schnitzel Half; it's not up on their website yet but they put registration forms in the race goody bags. On the one hand, it was such a well-done race, but on the other hand, it will still be summer, and UGH. I am just happy that I finished and didn't get too dehydrated or anything. Also, Ben took a couple pictures before and after:
After eating the German pastries they had at the finish (seriously, best post-race food ever) we had to drive to Lancaster to measure the rooms in Ben's dad and stepmom's new house (they are driving out here next week to live in Lancaster). I took a shower there, though I had no soap or towels, and when we finally finished with that we drove back to Philadelphia to go to a PGWISE board cookout. We were both pretty tired, but the food was great and it was fun chatting with people. We finally came home, decided we'd rather do things like grocery shop in the morning, and went to bed really early.
So lots of good things happened last weekend, although the concentration of events was a bit higher than would be optimal and a couple parts were stressful. But I am glad that we got to do so much!