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 Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter throughout the trip if you want to virtually run with me.
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.
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.
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.