The weekend wasn’t close to being over even after all the amazing events thus far! Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., the first ever Runner’s World Half Marathon happened. Can you believe they have never organized a race before? You wouldn’t know it–it was executed flawlessly!
Now, some of my FitFluential friends participated in the Hat Trick, by running a 5k and 10k on Saturday, before the Sunday half. I was not as ambitious.
Elizabeth & I decided to start together and just feel out the race. She is coming back from an ankle injury, and well, you know my lack of distance training!
The weather was perfect. Brisk to start the race but comfortable once we got going. We started in downtown Bethlehem, and wandered through historic and beautiful neighborhoods throughout the course.
How about those leaves? It’s definitely fall.
Mile 1: 8:39
Mile 2: 8:20
Mile 3: 8:22
We met up with lovely Tina around mile 3.
Around mile 4, we ran into Tish, an editor from Runner’s World, making running look so easy. I bet that’s a job requirement for the magazine!
We were all still on a high from the start and at conversational pace. However, during mile 4 things got quiet as we encountered a steep hill.
Mile 4: 8:08
I was just too tired to capture pics of hills. Sorry. I really needed to focus on moving forward and breathing. During mile 5, another steep hill was met. Elizabeth was battling asthma too, so the hills did not help her cause and I think that’s when we split up.
Mile 5: 8:34
Mile 6: 8:27
Mile 7: 8:16
The crowd support was fantastic for the inaugural Runner’s World Half & Festival. And, the aid stations were plentiful. I drank water at every spot but the first and last. In the past, I think I’ve been dehydrated during races which equates to feeling like poo (or puke) at the end.
I remember one guy on his front lawn, yelling, “It’s all downhill from here!” basically to his neighbors across the street, thinking he was so clever. NEVER yell that during race. Especially, this one!
My legs felt tired, and I started counting down the miles. I didn’t feel strong like I did at Omaha, but I could coast a bit between miles 8-10 with rolling hills and a slight downhill.
Mile 8: 8:34
Mile 9: 8:17
Mile 10: 8:22
During mile 10, there was another steep uphill, so I ducked my head and got through it. I was not stopping. Once, I get to the point in a race there is only a 5k left, I try to tell myself only XX:00 amount left and you’re done. Or, only 2 miles to go, etc…
Mile 11: 8:28
Mile 12: 8:02
We finished along the steel factory which is no longer in use. I think the structures look pretty cool, and it lights up at night.
We ran towards the finish under the arch which was on fire for the race!
Mile 13: 7:46
I lengthened my stride and realized I had more in the tank than I realized, but I ran my race. I started conservative, so I could finish strong.
last .1: 7:01
Official time: 1:49:47
I’ll take it! That surpassed my expectations. A group of us met up at the finish line for a group shot!
Those are big smiles! I think it’s evident, we enjoyed ourselves throughout the weekend!
I tossed my arm sleeves during the race, but otherwise, this outfit worked perfectly! And, the medal is a picture of the steel factory on the front, and a bottle opener on the back. I think I will gift this one to Coach!
I am so grateful to FitFluential, Runner’s World, and ICON Fitness for the opportunity to participate in the Half & Festival. I hope I was able to share how much one can get out of this weekend for a only race fee. All the seminars were free and the keynote speaker, a reasonable price.
Runner’s World certainly made this about more than just a race. We felt welcomed immediately and throughout the weekend!
Do you have any races left this year?
*I participated in the inaugural Runners World Half Marathon as a FitFluential Ambassador. My race registration was provided by Runners World.