TOL – Hershey Park, Running Shoes & Chocolate Banana Pudding

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This week has been weird because my son has been sick for most of it. It started out as I don’t feel well which I took as I don’t feel like going to school which then turned into he wasn’t kidding and he’s real sick. The positive side to this is that he hasn’t been eating the grapes he normally brings to school so I got to polish them off without feeling guilty for eating the kid’s snack.

Another positive this week? The money I saved on not having to pay the New York City marathon entry fee has now been spent on the quick trip I just planned to Hershey Park for this summer, right before my son leaves for sleep away camp.

When I called to make the hotel reservation (because I am old school and prefer to make reservations sometimes via telephone), they already had me in the system from the last time I was there which was back in 2012 for my very first half marathon.

hershey half

A little blurry but you get the idea – this was taken before the race started!

I ran the Hershey Park half marathon before I started writing this blog so I don’t have a formal recap but I remember it like it was yesterday. If you ever have the chance to run the Hershey Park Half Marathon, I absolutely recommend that you do so! I know it was my first half so it was extra special but hello – running through a chocolate themed amusement park?

A chocolate aid station at mile 12 where they throw you candy during the race? An awesome medal with a terrific goodie bag containing a giant chocolate chip cookie? Free entry into the park?

Do it.

I can’t do it this year because it’s the same weekend in October as my son’s Bar Mitzvah but hopefully I can get to Hershey Park for the half marathon next year.

So rumor has it Magnolia Bakery came out with a chocolate version of their banana pudding.

My son loves their original banana pudding as seen below. We haven’t stopped into Magnolia Bakery in several months (click here for our last visit) so we have to make it a point to try the chocolate version as soon as possible.

banana pudding

I say as soon as possible just like I said I need to get to the lululemon outlet as soon as possible yet I still haven’t gone. Something tells me that the drive for chocolate banana pudding will happen before the drive for outlet pricing. Hey, we all have our priorities.

I have had two easy runs wearing my new pair of Saucony Ride 7’s this week and I really like them. Actually, no, it’s more like I LOVE THEM!

saucony ride

I think that one of the less often spoken about benefits of rotating your running shoes is realizing that there really is another pair out there that you can learn to love just as much as your main pair. Sometimes we get so caught up in thinking only one running shoe is right for us that the thought of wearing another seems impossible. We can find alternate shoes that we can love and these Saucony’s prove it.

I am trying not to think about turning the clocks ahead this weekend. It’s not so much about losing an hour of sleep but the whole darker again in the morning thing that is bothering me. I know it won’t be for long, I know that soon enough it will be light by 6:00 am but still, I don’t want to go back to running indoors. I am enjoying my early morning outdoor runs again way too much to go back indoors during the week!

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  1. says

    I’m glad you like the ride so much. It’s such a great shoe.

    Your son getting sick sounds like what has been going around here lately. It flared up within a few hours. I went from being fine to puking. UGH, gross LOL.
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  2. says

    Hope your son is feeling better. It’s hard to watch them suffer. My daughter already told me she NEEDS to have the banana, chocolate bread pudding from Magnolia immediately! I have never had the original banana one, but she said its rock’in good. Running a half in Hershey Park sounds wonderfully decadent and and just plain fun.

  3. says

    The Hershey half sounds so fun! It’s the weekend after the Chicago Marathon so maybe I’ll try to get out there for a recovery run/refueling with lots of chocolate session.

    My first half was the P.F. Chang’s Rock n’ Roll Race in Tempe. I was in college at ASU and had such a blast with it … Except that it was 20 degrees at the start which was not at all expected!
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  4. says

    My first half marathon was called the Monster and it was on the side of a ski mountain. It was cool, but it took me two more years to do another one. Now I love running 13.1 miles. I don’t need a fancy medal or tee shirt, just the open road and a waffle at the end lol
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  5. says

    My first race was in 1997 in Vancouver. I was 19 years old! I ran it in 1:47. I’ll never forget. 🙂 I used to run in Saucony Rides. I’m not sure why I switched! I can’t remember anymore.
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    • says

      SO important to not wear the same pair of running shoes every day! Ever since I started rotating a few years ago, my feet really appreciated it and it’s good to give the shoes a break too

  6. says

    You’re right about rotating your running shoes and taking a gamble to try new ones because when you do find another pair that you love, it’s fabulous! I’m currently just trying to decide which new (and different) pair to try… Glad to hear yours are working out!
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    • says

      I heard they opened in penn! I was thinking we can just take the train, stop in penn for the pudding and go home lol…although then I may need red mango since that’s in penn too

  7. Caroline M says

    I would definitely want to do the Hershey Half mostly because the idea of having candy thrown at me is really appealing. I’m thinking of running the Richmond Marathon this fall mostly because there are multiple candy stops and pizza after. The second best thing is that it’s only a short drive away from me. I think my priorities are correct haha 🙂