Road tripping to Runner’s World Half!

Runners World x388 Road tripping to Runners World Half!I’m hitting the road today, wild and crazy, mini-van driving, runner style. Thanks to FitFluential and Runner’s World, I’m headed up to Bethlehem, Pa., for a weekend of activities surrounding the Runner’s World half marathon. And I am beyond excited.

I get to have dinner tonight with a group of bloggers and some of the Runner’s World staff, at Rodale headquarters no less. Mecca for a fitness writer. Tomorrow I get to do a shake-out run with the same group, plus spend a couple of hours with the Altra Zero Drop shoe folks focusing on natural running. Does it get any better for a minimalist runner with a running blog?

And of course on Sunday I get to run the Runner’s World half marathon. I felt really strong during last Saturday’s relay leg, and have felt good during my speedwork of late, so I am hopeful for a good race. The weather is looking perfect, too–chilly fall temps, my kind of running weather.

What could get in my way of a good race? Two things: One, the course is hilly, hilly, hilly. I train on hills, though, so hopefully they won’t be too bad. The other is whether or not my legs have had enough time to recover from last week’s 20-miler during the relay, plus all the weeks of marathon training I have stacked up at this point. I’m guessing this won’t be a PR course, but I’m hoping that I am in the kind of shape to make it a decent time–one that bodes well for my marathon Dec. 2.

For those of you I’ll get to meet this weekend–I’ll see you soon! For the rest of you, plan on lots of pictures and stories from what is sure to be an amazing, running-centric weekend.

Anyone else have a race planned this weekend? Will I see you in Bethlehem? 

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  1. You’re going to have so much fun – despite those pesky hills.
    Char recently posted..Melbourne Half 2012My Profile

  2. Don’t worry about the hills every one has to run up and down them…

    OH keep an eye open, you might be lucky and see one of the 3 wise men!!!
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  3. We will all have fun on the hills and I am looking forward to seeing you here. I got in yesterday and wandered around a little bit.
    HAROLD recently posted..Going to Bethlehem for the #RWHalfMy Profile

  4. oh best of luck!!! darn it, i should have sent your bites earlier. I bet they get there today right when you leave. Oh well.
    lindsay recently posted..I’ll be happy when…My Profile

  5. Sounds like a fantastic weekend! Have fun and embrace the hills :)
    Lisa recently posted..My Yin-Yang Marathon (a race report)My Profile

  6. 5k hopefully

  7. Whoohooo! Hope you have a safe trip up! See you tonight =) CAN’T WAIT!
    Michele @ Nycrunningmama recently posted..I Am A DomesticatorMy Profile

  8. The hills look scary but they are early so we should be fine right? Looking forward to meeting you!
    Robin recently posted..You Have to Slow Down to Get FasterMy Profile

  9. I wish I could be heading over there today, but Saturday will have to do! Have an awesome time and kick that half marathon’s butt!
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  10. What a trip! Just a tiny bit jealous ;) Good luck for the half!

  11. HAVE FUN!!! Say hi to Bart for me!! Rock it!
    Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) recently posted..Marathon Recap – The BadMy Profile

  12. I am SO excited for you! Wish I were going to meet you :( I am confident that someday we will and some other race. Knock em dead out there girl! Big huge hug!!!
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  13. Ill be there–running the hat trick! Hope I get to meet you!!! (The hills are not bad, you will be fine. None are very steep)

  14. Have a blast! I’m sorry to miss this but I am well overextended on travel this year. It’s Zooma Great Lakes weekend in Lake Geneva, WI for me. Hoping to see you MCM weekend!
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  15. I have Vibrams, New Balance Minimus and Merrell Trail Glove shoes, but I have yet to try out the Altra Zero Drops. How do you like them?

    No races, but doing a 7-8 mile trail run this weekend. Will be doing a half-marathon at some point in 2013 for the first time.
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  16. Have fun!!! Sounds like a super fabulous weekend and I’m a little jealous :-)
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Hotel Room WorkoutMy Profile

  17. Ooh, wish I were going with you, but with MCM next weekend wasn’t practical…or very fair to my family! Have a fantastic time and a great race!
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  18. Pretty darn envious of all of ya’ll but can’t wait to “follow” you and read all of the recaps and see the photos. Have a blast!
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  19. all of my #FitFluential Ambassadors are going to be so close to where I live… but still so far! have a great time. Can’t wait to read your recap!
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  20. That sounds like a super fun weekend!!
    Have fun and be safe!
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  21. What a fun weekend you have coming up! Enjoy and good luck!
    Tracy recently posted..Freedom’s Run Race ReportMy Profile

  22. I wish I was running this race… sounds like it’s going to be an awesome event!! GOOD LUCK! and have fun!!!
    Kristy (@KristyH5) recently posted..Nike Women’s Half MarathonMy Profile

  23. looking forward to read all about it!!!
    have fun!

    show those hills who IS the boss!!!
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  24. Safe travels and have fun. I can’t wait to hear about it. Oh, good luck on Sunday too!
    Tasha @ Healthy Diva recently posted..TimeMy Profile

  25. Enjoy everything! Checking out runners world headquarters sounds awesome!

    And the race sounds like a great time – I’ve only been to Pennsylvania once (Shanksville where flight 93 crashed on 9/11/01), but there are tons of hills in PA. Sounds like a gorgeous course.
    Nelly recently posted..Running talk/politicsMy Profile

  26. I’ll be there this weekend, too! Hopefully I’ll see you! Good luck and kick some butt ;)
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  27. Good luck this weekend!!! :)
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  28. Sounds like an awesome weekend. I didn’t know you were so well connected. Call it a close call, but I’ll be flying into Philly on Monday for the week. Doesn’t look like Bethlehem is too far away, I’ll just miss you.

    Enjoy the race!!
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  29. Your weekend sounds like a dream come true! Have fun with it all!
    And, good luck in the race! I’m sure you’ll do great even after the weekend’s 20 miler.
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  30. I can’t think of a more perfect way to spend the weekend- enjoy it for me! Can’t wait to hear all about it.
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  31. Good luck. Can’t wait to read all about it :)

  32. It’s going to be a great weekend! Enjoy – can’t wait to hear all about it!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted..Thursday Thoughts (aka 3 Things)My Profile

  33. Wow Great, I was actually going to run this but decided to do Gettysburg Instead. have a good one.
    Kenley Jones recently posted..Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half MarathonMy Profile

  34. What an amazing opportunity! Have so much fun and please take LOTS of pictures.

  35. Good luck!!!! Wish I was running!! Say hi the Harold (@vetrunnah) for me!!!
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  36. Hey Amanda! I hope you are having FUN up there! I’m in Detroit for my check-in half-marathon this weekend too. Can’t wait to share race stories!
    Terzah recently posted..Detroit Half-Marathon Goals & PlanMy Profile

  37. You are going to have a blast!
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  38. Great to meet you this weekend! Can’t wait to read your recap(s).
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  39. No races for me this weekend, but from all the buzz on Twitter & DailyMile, it sounds like the Runner’s World 1/2 was awesome today! Can’t wait to hear how it went for you.
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