My husband is a runner. Really, he's not just a passionate runner...but about running health and nutrition in mind to keep his body strong. He started competitive running a little over 3 years ago and I'm so impressed with not just his improvement but his drive and motivation. Since our move to Pennsylvania we have both been excited about Vella Shpringa!!!
What does that mean?
Vella Shpringa means LET'S RUN in PA Dutch!
In mid-April there's a run near us that is truly in the heart of Amish country. My husband is always half-marathon ready at this point in his training but after running on the treadmill for months and months because of the snow EVERYWHERE he was a little unsure of how he would do.
NOW, I LOVE watching my husband run...but this race had an added excitement for me because I knew I would get to mingle with the Amish. After growing up alongside my Amish cousins and still speaking the language fluently, I have REALLY missed not seeing the Amish regularly over the years of living far away. So moving to PA this past fall was right up my alley!
So at this race my eyes scanned every crowd for my peeps and my ears were hearing my dialect here and there and it just put a huge grin on my face. I was able to get pictures with my phone when they ran by me, too. I felt like a tourist but I feel so much closer to my own Amish family and roots when I see any Amish...there's such a homegrown and organic love I have for them...not because they are so unique or unusual in our modern world or perfect or have this romanticized simple life...but simply because it's like "home" for me.
To finish my husband saga...he did fantastically well. He got 2nd in his age group and 14th place out of 688 runners! He was very pleased with his time, as well. If you saw the hill...oh, that hill...you'd be pretty proud of EVERYONE who ran that race!
So, here are a few photos for you and a big thank you for stopping by!
It was such a fun morning!