Ready For The Runner’s World Half & Festival

Runner's World Half & Festival

Runner’s World Half & Festival (Photo: Ryan Hulvat/Runner’s World)

Greetings from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the Runner’s World Half & Festival presented by Altra!

I’m seven weeks into my fall running schedule and 24-week training plan for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, with a PR attempt at the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon along the way. The Fjord Norway Half Marathon and New Balance Reach The Beach Relay are behind me.

Now on the menu is the Runner’s World Half & Festival! I’m attending as a guest of Runner’s World, and will be posting to InstagramFacebook, and Twitter throughout the trip if you want to virtually run with me.

Race Report: Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half

Crossing the finish. (Photo: @myEPevents, Inc)

Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival

I had a blast at the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival in 2014, despite it being my roughest half-marathon ever. Runner’s World put together a thoughtful weekend of activities, seminars, and races with dedicated runners in mind.

So I’m excited to head to Bethlehem for the Runner’s World Half & Festival presented by Altra. Once again, they’ve got a full weekend of running cooked up: as in 26.2 miles full of running.

I’ll start with the the Altra 3.8-Mile Trail Run Presented by REI on Friday, then the Hat Trick of races that includes the Runner’s World 5K and Runner’s World 10K on Saturday, followed by the Runner’s World Half Marathon on Sunday for a total of 26.2 miles.

I’ll also get a tour of the Runner’s World headquarters, led by none other than Bart Yasso; get fitted with a pair of Altra running shoes by company founder Golden Harper; take a trail running course with Yasso, Harper, and Runner’s World Gear Editor Bryan Boyle; and eat lunch with Deena Kastor, among other activities.

Basically, it’s like a running fantasy camp. Consider me sufficiently geeked.

Ready For The Runner's World Half & Festival

The start (Photo: Ryan Hulvat/Runner’s World)

Half-Marathon and Marathon Training

The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project put together a personalized (and complimentary) training plan to see me through all these races.

My running schedule has me racing the trail run as a tune-up, then running all the other events easy. Trail running is not my forte, so I might use the 5K or 10K as a tune-up or run everything easy.

Ready For The Runner's World Half & Festival

Training in Norway (

The deciding factor? Some arch tenderness that seems like textbook plantar fasciitis. This is a brand new niggle that I’ve just started nursing, so I haven’t been to the doctor yet and I’ve never had plantar fasciitis before. It doesn’t hurt when I run or walk, but my arch is much tighter than usual, and I can feel the difference.

So I’m going to take this weekend step by step and mile by mile. I’m rolling my feet and legs. But if things get hairy, I have no qualms pulling the plug on running. We shall see. I’ve got five weeks until the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon, my goal race for the fall. I really want to make it there in one piece.

Other than that, training has been going well. I’ve been following the plan and nailing my workout paces. However, I’ve missed a grand total of six workouts in the seven weeks, thanks to a flu—complete with fever and chills—last week and general scheduling problems.

But I’ve run twice since getting sick—4.5- and 7.45-mile easy runs. I’m feeling good and ready to run.

So here goes the Runner’s World Half & Festival! Tally ho!

As mentioned above, I’m attending the race as a guest of Runner’s World. But as always, all opinions are purely my own. Seriously. For more information, read my disclosure policy.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


10 2015

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  1. Arun #

    See you there!

    • Karla Bruning

      I kept looking for you but never found you :( Hope you had a great race!

      • Arun #

        Karla, I looked for you, too! Sorry I missed you. I did see you and Phil on that poster! LOL I had a great race! My foot/ankle are feeling better.

  2. 4

    Sounds like an awesome weekend!

    Take care of your foot. I’m prone to plantar fasciitis and after being forced to stop running for two months when I thought I could just “run off” some foot pain, I totally freak out whenever I feel anything on the bottom of my foot. Rolling it on a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle works wonders.
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks, Elle! The tennis ball definitely helped. I walked Friday and ran Saturday, but by Saturday night the pain was worse, so I pulled the plug on Sunday and didn’t run. Good thing: went to the doc today, who says it is indeed plantar fasciitis. No running for a week to start. Let’s hope that does it!

  3. 6

    I loved the RW Half, such a fun race weekend! It kicked my butt in 2013, so I hope to give it another shot one of these years. :) I have nothing but foot problems (including what I could only assume was plantar fasciitis during my last marathon training cycle), and a silly tennis ball or frozen water bottle really does wonders! Oh, and LOTS of calf stretching…that also made a huge difference for me!
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  4. 8

    It was great to meet you this past weekend! I can’t wait to check out your recap.
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