I’m not sure where I wanted to start my Runners World Festival Recap.
Do I start with the races? The events? The food? As luck would have it, I’m haven’t finished writing the race recaps so events it is! I thought about adding the events and food together, but it was too long. So more posts for you.
As you might recall, I was an influencer for the Runner’s World Festival last year, and I was invited back again this year too. When they asked, I was extremely excited. I had already planned to come up for at least the half marathon.
Thinking out loud, To be honest, the entire weekend is one of my favorite events of the year!
The Runners World Staff…
Plus Bethlehem is only about 60 miles from my house (but anywhere from 1.5-2.5 drive because of Philadelphia traffic). I arrived at Bethlehem the Thursday before the race. We went to a BBQ hosted by Runner’s World with plenty of delicious food.
We were then split up into teams to compete in the “Altra” Olympics. (Altra is the shoe company that sponsors the Runners World Festival).
My partner, this time, was Jason from SaltyRuns. I already knew Jason well and we chatted back in May. He gave me advice on my most recent fracture. Jason is a great guy, and his blog is extremely informative about running related topics: anywhere from shoes to injuries to marathoning!
We had a fun task to create our own country flag, complete with a name and motto. Being the cleaver people we are we chose:
“Salty Lolz,” Run Hard, Laugh Harder.
To be honest, I’m not all that creative, and I was extremely proud of this.
After that, we retired for the night and were up bright and early for a Pop-up November Project. Before Friday, I had never done a November Project Workout. I kind of knew about it (read: I knew it was hard and intense). I was nervous to do a workout!
So I was trying something new and strenuous) before race day.
A new workout was not in the actual game plan and I will say, I was sore for the rest of the weekend. It was a great workout and there is a Philadelphia Chapter. I think I’ll save it for the weeks I’m not racing.
I don’t regret doing it and it was a lot of fun. I can see why it draws hundreds in the Boston area.
After the November Project, we had a gait analysis from Altra founder, Golden. He helped with form and had great advice for techniques when you’re tired. Of course, he talked about his running shoe brand, Altra too. We carry Altras at work, so it was beneficial knowledge for me to have for work too.
For those who don’t know, Altra is a “zero drop” foot shaped shoe brand. Last year, I reviewed the Altra Paradigm. This year I’m currently trying out a pair of Altra Torin 2.5s.
We had an excellent lunch using recipes from “Run Fast, Eat Slow.” I’m sure most in the Running World are familiar with Shalane’s new book. We were given a copy, and I’ve made a few recipes at home myself that I do like.
We also got to be part of the new launch for Dean Karnazes book: Road to Sparta. It was so new; I was the first person he signed the book for. I’ve dug into the book already myself. Karnazes recreates the very first journey and the birth of the marathon. To recreate it, he even goes without modern day sports nutrition (energy gels, Gatorade, etc. basically ). He was telling us how he lived on figs and olives throughout the entire process. He basically ran and ate figs for 26 hours straight (in costume too!). I would definitely recommend picking up a copy. I’m just over halfway through, and I’ve enjoyed it!
Back to meeting Dean:
I pretty much sounded like a gargled mess. Typical of me since I am incredibly awkward in real life… (You have to own it though).
After lunch, we were off on our own. To be honest, it was only 1 pm, and I was exhausted. It was nice to relax and prepare for the races. As I mentioned on Instagram, I ran an 18:41 5k and 1:24.17 half marathon. I was surprised with the half marathon time since it was a hilly course and I had raced the day before.
Questions for you:
Have you ever done a November Project Workout?
Have you ever met a writer or celebrity? Are you as awkward as I am?
Sounds like a lovely “running getaway” and a true paradise for running fanatics! Glad you were able to have such a great time and connect with other runners/influencers.
Looks like such a fun weekend! Great job in your races and getting the most of the festival. Can’t wait to read more!
How very cool! I got to meet Dean Karnazses at The North Face Endurance challenge in Utah. Such an incredible guy! Looks like you had a whirlwind of fun activities including November Project. If I lived in a city I would be totally up for November Project looks like fun!
This event always seems like so much fun. I wish I didn’t live so far away! I have a feeling that November Project would kick my tail. I am a major slacker in the cross-training and strength-training departments. The fact that you ran such awesome 5K and half times after that workout (or just back-to-back in general) blows my mind! I think your time off during the injury has made you come back stronger 🙂
Now that’s definitely an epic flag 😀 And I’ve never done any November Project workouts, but I have a feeling they’d kick my butt… so the fact that you were able to do that and race in one weekend is pretty awesome in my books.
How in the heck do you run so fast, girlfriend?! This looked like a blast. Every time I read a post from you it makes me want to sign up for a race… I am doing the BigSur marathon in April (if life permits), but I need a race to tide me over before then! Also– soooo exciting you got to meet Dean Karnazes!
I hope you like the Torins! We could be shoe twins
i definitely want to go to this one year. I love the insight- and i’m currently running in the torin 2.5s as well. So far so good, but i think they’re a little to cushiony for me, but i need to put more miles on to get a better feel. also- nice races and on sore legs?! you’re fast girl
This brings back so many great memories of last year!! I would have loved that November Project workout (although not the best idea before a race??) and Dean!!! As I said, you are officially too cool for me woman…and I adore your awkwardness 🙂 And you absolutely killed both of those races!!! Cannot wait to read more!
I can’t believe you met Dean! I’m insanely jealous, it looks like a gorgeous weekend all round, including that lovely food!
I absolutely LOVE the RW Festival weekend. My family and I participate every year but I had to miss this year because of business travel and I was so sad!! I was most awkward when meeting Deena Kastor in person at a bar in Vermont. But I owned it, too, and she is like the nicest person ever. You did amazing on that tough half marathon course. Congrats!!!!
Looks like you had so much fun. I’m jealous that you met Dean!
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