Road tripping to Runner’s 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?Β 

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  1. bethp262 says

    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)

  2. says

    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.
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