#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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Runner’s World Half Marathon Recap 10/21/12

Immediately after finishing the Half Marathon

What an amazing weekend!!!!

Today was the Runner’s World Half Marathon, which was my first “official” Half Marathon. I went into the race with certain expectations, but most of all I tried not to get all stressed out about having to finish with a certain time. The race was not an easy course by any stretch of the imagination as you can see by the below: Continue reading

Runner’s World Meet and Greet BBQ

Tonight was a meet and greet BBQ at The Runner’s World Offices. Usually these kind of things are something you gotta do as part of work, but tonight I was excited about going! Being a runner this is one of those places that I have dreamed about going to and having the  opportunity to meet so many of the Runner’s World Staff and also my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors in an atmosphere conducive to mingling in a relaxed atmosphere.

The ride over was noisy, with everyone introducing themselves, getting to know one another (beyond our Twitter handles or Blog Names).

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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.

Going to Bethlehem for the #RWHalf

The past 24 hours have been what you could call crazy busy.

I packed for the #RWHalf trip and trying to get all the last-minute stuff that needs to get done before going on a 5 day trip.

Did I get it all done – hell no!

However, I got more done than I thought I would. I even got a 5.0 mile run in yesterday, I went slowly and just used it as a recovery run, instead of pushing it. I felt good, but I had sat down a lot working and my legs were sore and tired. So I needed the run just to loosen things up.

The hardest part of most trips is the travel to your destination. This morning I got up at 3:30 and was on the road at 4:00 A.M. I drove from Sidney, Maine to Bethlehem, PA in about 9 hours. The only place that I had to slow down was going into Hartford, otherwise it was a good drive and only a couple of breaks to get gas and breakfast. For some reason my hamstrings at the end of the drive were toast! They were definitely sore by the time I got to Bethlehem.

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4.0 Mile Taper Run–Getting Ready for #RWHalf

IMG_0090The taper for #RWHalf and 5K continues. I ran 4.0 miles at a comfortable pace, no pushing allowed Smile. I felt really good the entire run and could have easily picked it up a lot – surprisingly even up Steven’s Hill if I had wanted to – the hill that is my nemesis. I just seem to have a mental block about running up faster than 9:00 minute pace up that damn hill.

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AVR Week In Review 10/14/12

Today

Today’s run was scheduled to be a 6.0 mile easy run, but I chose to do 3.0 instead. I don’t need the mileage for any particular total, so it made sense to just do enough to get over 40.0 miles for the week.

It was 48, overcast and damp, so I decided to wear sweat pants and jacket, just to keep all the muscles warm.

I ran in the Mizuno Ronin 4’s to get used to them more before next week’s 5K race.

They felt great and I just ran comfortably until the last half mile, when I decided to pick-up my pace. I got going pretty well, getting under 7:00 without too many problems. Continue reading

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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Final Outdoor Track Workout and BRRRR 10/9/12

Colby 2All I can say is after a summer of really warm temperatures, when I drove by Fred’s Coffee in Waterville this morning I didn’t expect it to say 33 degrees F not C.

At the house the thermometer read 40 degrees, so it was 7 degrees colder just 10 miles further north. I don’t care what anyone says when it gets in the 30’s it is cold.

Cold enough that I put on my new tights, long sleeve tech top and t-shirt and was still cold after the first couple of miles! With the breeze blowing a bit, I was glad that I had gloves, but didn’t bring my ear warmers – I will remember from now on! They were pretty cold when I got done.

What do you think of an old geezer in tights – fashion statement or practical? I know my answer.

Oh hell – enough complaining about the cold, this is Maine after all – it is October and it will get colder. But this was the first real cold weather run this year, so I can whine once or twice.

I got to try the Mizuno Ronin’s and I really liked them on the track workout. They were comfortable, didn’t get in the way, no slapping the track and I just felt comfortable running in them. It really wasn’t planned to be a hard track workout 1.0 mile warm-up 8 x 1/4 and 1.0 mile cool down in lane 4. I just ran for total time/distance and only timed quarters 4 (1:35:55) and 8 (1:42:66). Continue reading