|Oh! So this is Instagram!|
Amy and I were once again signed up for the 3rd annual Runner’s World Half and Festival. It is an event very close to our house, and it is a great opportunity to get away for the weekend. Bethlehem is especially nice this time of year with beautiful fall foliage colors, chill in the air, and for the third year in a row amazing running weather. I am not sure how Bart Yasso does it, but he’s got a good weather hotline. RW Festival is also a great time for us to catch up with old friends, meet some new friends and learn even more about running.
|Niko and Una ready to race|
|Proud of his medal. It is hanging on the wall with all daddy medals now!|
Saturday morning came soon enough. Free hotel breakfast is always an added benefit and after fueling we started our warm up jog to the start line at the ArtQuest building which was less than a mile from our hotel. In the past 2 years we’ve stayed at various places, but this was for sure our best location yet. I am not going to write about how much I love the start line experience again. You can read more about it here! In summary, one of the best start line experiences out there.
|Ready to go|
|Two down - 1 to go|
|With Brian from Altra post half|
As the air horn blast went off, we started at a pretty brisk pace. Legs were feeling a bit sore, but kinks were getting worked out. Almost immediately I noticed that the pacer was flying at the 7 min pace. It was way too fast. I started to fall back on purpose while maintaining a decent pace. After crossing the 1 mile line 15-20 seconds faster than predicted, I decided that I didn't need him any more. The course this year was “flatter and faster” (it was not) than last year, but the first part was definitely hillier then the latter part of the course. I knew that if I kept on this crazy pace with this dude, it would not end well, so I made my own pace that would put me ahead of my half-marathon PR. The course was beautiful even tho a bit harder than in the years past. I managed to snag a lovely skirt at around mile 8 that I wore proudly for rest of the race. Even with some head winds, especially on the uphills (go figure, it always happens that way, doesn’t it?), I kept a hard pace the whole way and it paid off with my fastest half-marathon yet. It turned out that the 1:40 pacer really came to the finish line almost 2 minutes early, so a wise decision was made not to follow him.
|Post Half at the Altra booth|
|Fellow ambassador Tiffany post half|
PS. For once, I really like the professional pictures of me from these races, but I refuse to pay the outrageous fee. Can someone please tell me or prove to me that these companies wouldn't sell more if they charged less?
Go forth and run!
|With Brian and Tiffany|