While the Runner's World Half Marathon was AMAZING, it was just the icing on the cake. This past weekend was something that I truly needed. I am getting better after our Ironman, the post-race depression is mostly gone, but I still haven't felt 100% like myself. I think that what I needed was a race where I worked hard, but also a weekend where I got to play hard too.
Just some of the awesome people I met this weekend! Photo courtesy of David Tratner
Mike and I drove to Bethlehem on Thursday night which, unfortunately, meant that I missed going to the Runner's World Headquarters and meeting all of the other bloggers and Runner's World editors. We didn't get to the hotel until 10:30pm and after quickly unpacking a few things (including an amazing welcome bag full of books, items from Running Skirts, ProCompression (Mike actually took those socks, which is fine since he was on his own for part of the weekend), BelVita, ClifBar, Sparkly Soul and more) we went to bed.
Friday started out pretty early (but actually I got to "sleep in" compared to my normal wake up time for work). After showering, I went down to the lobby where a few people were already milling about. When I walked up to the group, who was the first person to introduce himself to me? Well, none other than Bart Yasso. Yep, trip made right there!
We knew that we were going to be split into groups to participate in something called "The Amazing Shakeout Race", and I had somewhat of an idea of what to expect. I was a little nervous about this part, since I don't like doing things I'm not used to and I am rather shy (plus, I had already missed out on making friends!) Luckily, all of the bloggers were really cool and friendly. (Funny story, I introduced myself to Ali from Ali on the Run. Which if you didn't know, her blog is the first running-related blog that I ever read. When she introduced herself to me, I like a weirdo said, "oh, I know who you are. You're famous!").
Team "Wombat" as we called ourselves was comprised of me, Brian from Altra (an amazing sponsor of the entire weekend), Kristen from Fit Bottomed Girls, Presley from Run Pretty and Dick from Better, Cheaper, Slower.
Here's a video from Running Skirts (Mike texted me, since he was watching from our room and said, "they have a drone!")
After being split up into teams, we went outside to start the competition. The ladies from Running Skirts were outside and immediately I had flashbacks to a high school pep rally my freshman year. There were bags of "costumes" across the way and I knew what we were going to have to do. We had to put them on as fast as possible and then tag our teammates. We did not do well, ha.
At St. Luke's, photo courtesy of Kristen
Our team was probably second to last or last to leave. After that it was just craziness trying to figure out the clues and our way around Bethlehem all while instagramming the experience. We ran to a bar, a hospital, the casino (I had a feeling we'd do this since they told us to bring our IDs) and then we ended up at SteelStacks, which was the race venue.
While our team didn't win, I feel like we put in a valiant effort. And, no one was hit by a car in the process, so that's a bonus! It was really fun getting to know my teammates a little bit more while on the run and it made me feel better about the rest of the weekend's events.
And now you'll just have to wait to find out what else we did!
Disclaimer: I was provided a free race entry and lodging as part of my participation as a blogger at the Runner's World Half & Festival events. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own.