#RWHalf Festival Final Reflection and Recap

runners-world-half-logoWow!!! is all I can say about the Runner’s World Half Festival and the amazing extended weekend that I had!!!!

I needed a day to recover, recuperate and take a little break from the immersion in running, blogging and driving down and back (9 hours each way). I have had a long drive back and a day to think about and reflect on what happened and the people that I met during the Festival

To be honest, the Runner’s World Half Festival was probably the highlight of my running career. From the people that I met (other FitFluential Ambassadors, Runner’s World Staff, Race Sponsors and other runners), to the races themselves and the support that the City of Bethlehem provided, everyone was simply amazing.

Here are my previous posts on the Festival:

While running in the Runner’s World Festival inaugural races and setting a this year PR in the 5K and running my first “official” half marathon were really cool, the most important and best part of the Festival were the people that I met!

I am trying to use photos, that I haven’t used before Smile. I only took over 1,000 photos during the event, so there are a few to choose from.

The people are what made this event so special!

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Looking at the #RWHalf Courses

I just got back from looking at the Runner’s World Half, 10K and 5K courses, which I will be running 2 of this weekend. I had been hearing rumors and innuendo about how hilly the courses are, it worried me a little. I don’t mind running hills and live in Maine so hills are just a part of living and running there, but I wanted to see how much these hills would be slowing me down.

Driving the course is not just as simple as following the map, there are different one-way streets that we will be running in the opposite direction. So I had to drive around, plus not knowing the area made it even more interesting. I am sure that they thought I was some crazy tourist from Maine – well…we don’t need to go there 🙂

Go to the Runner’s World Website for the Course Maps and a video featuring Bart Yasso.

Here are some photos that I took while driving around:

 

Looking down E 1st Street – flat and fast

 

 

Looking up towards Webster Street the first hill.

 

The Fahy Bridge

There are some hills out towards Moravian College which will get your attention, but I didn’t get a picture of, but one is in the Runner’s World video.

This is the little rise towards the end after coming off Founders Way.

Overall – they look like GREAT courses, they will challenge you, but there are a lot of flat and downhill areas, none of the hills are mountains, but they will slow you down a little bit.

It has the potential to be a challenging, but faster course than I first thought when I looked at the course descriptions. I guess that it depends upon where you are coming from geographically. If you are coming from a fairly flat area, it is going seem pretty hilly and if you are coming from an area with lots of hills, it won’t seem too bad.

I will be participating in the inaugural Runners World Half Marathon as a FitFluential Ambassador. My race registration will be provided by Runners World. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Last Long Run Before #RWHalf Was GREAT! 10-12-12

Today was definitely a Fall day, it was 48 F with 20+ mph winds out of the NNW – luckily I was going South, so it was at my back most of the run :-). It would have been a lot different if I would have run into the wind. I did run in shorts, long sleeve tech shirt and a tech t-shirt on top and felt comfortable once I got past the first mile.

I really didn’t know how I would do today, my legs felt a little tired before the run and I walked 2.4 miles in the morning, so I was realistically looking at around a 1:50:00 for 13.0, if I even would run that far, but I was pretty sure that I would run at least double-digits. I exceeded my expectations by a lot!

Here are the splits for today:

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The Runner’s World Event is Next Week!

runners-world-half-logoI am going to the Runner’s World Half and Festival – presented by by Altra Zero Drop Footwear – on October 20th and the 21st as a FitFluential Ambassador and blogger!

You can still get a 10% discount on your race registration (any or all three of the races) use the discount code Blogger22, but online registration ends Monday.

It is hard to believe that next Wednesday I will be in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania participating in the Runner’s World Half Events. This is my first destination race, one where I have gone more than an hour away from home or spent the night someplace for the purpose of running in races.

To be honest there are a few conflicting emotions going on right now.

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GREAT Half Marathon Training Run 9/10/12

P9100005Have you ever had one of the runs where everything just felt right!!!!

Today I had one of those runs Smile!!!

It was in the low 60’s, a slight breeze at my back, I did my stretches like a good boy before I ran, carbo- loaded last night and at lunch with a slab  of Coconut – Vanilla cake, with whipped cream frosting (yes my step-daughter made it again – darn-it).

Due to the new schedule around the house, I don’t run my long run until almost 2:00 P.M. So it was a lot later than usual. My splits were: Continue reading

Three in a Row and Thank You – RunLog 6-11-12

Last night on #Runchat, I ended the brag section that I had run 2 consecutive sub 1:50:00 half marathon training runs and I got into the following Twitter convo with @absolut_zero about my run for today.

I planned to try for 3 sub 1:50 half’s in a row today and little did I know how much I would need to use Nick’s encouragement from last night at the end to get it.

It was a little breezy when I started out this morning, but I didn’t realize how breezy until I got on the Middle Rd. The “breeze” had become a 10-15 mph headwind, which I would have to battle for almost 11 of the 13.1 miles. Needless to say I kept pushing against the wind, but definitely was a LOT tough than the tail wind I had a couple of weeks ago. Continue reading

Why Run a Marathon?

Something that has bothered me a bit since I have returned to running is the emphasis that seems to be placed on running certain distances. The one that comes to mind immediately is the Marathon.

It seems that many of the blogs and people who I follow on Twitter or other social media sites are talking about running a marathon this year. Why?

What is the allure or appeal of being able to run 26.2 miles?

Personally

I have  a DNS, DNF and finished a marathon in my running portfolio and want to train for another in 2013, but only if my body holds up well through the half-marathon distance this year. All the talk on the social media sites tempts me to try one this year and I am valiantly trying to resist this temptation. Continue reading

AVR Week In Review – 1/22/12

This has been one of those weeks, where Karma bit me square in the butt, when it came to my blog.

I wrote a post asking Bloggers if they had really looked at their blog lately and when I looked at my own, I had some of the same problems that I had written about, after recently changing it.

So I have been working on getting my blog’s theme up to snuff. I am not happy with how it turned out, but there is just so much you can do with a Blogger theme and will be looking for a theme that meets my needs better than what I have now.

We also lost internet for a day during the week and you don’t realize how much you have come to depend upon reliable internet access at home, until you don’t have it. As long as we can keep the internet up and running it will be a better week, especially since the ISP has scheduled an appointment to check over all the lines and equipment. This seems to have become a recurrent problem this month and we just want it resolved. Continue reading