|ahhh me and my Angie <3|
|some of my loot as influencer. LOVE Balega socks!|
|more great stuff!|
My Runner's World experience started Thursday around 5. I was for the second year asked to be an influencer for the festival, huge honor. We had dinner at Runner's World HQ with Bart and David and all the editors. All of my Altra friends were there which was awesome catching up especially Tiffany since she left me for Utah :-( We played some silly games, had our tour and then it was time to go.
Very shortly after arriving back at my hotel, my #brf Angie and her husband Josh arrived. I've probably said this a million times, but Angie is one of my best friends even though she lives in Iowa. We seriously talk all day everyday but I hardly ever get to see her in person, so 3 days at Runner's World was a very special treat (BTW we are going to the Key West Half Marathon together in January!!!).
|get out of our picture Josh!|
|running through Bethlehem early in the morn|
|so hard to get myself going!|
I went out hard for the trail race but after about a 1.5 miles I was done. Just too tired. I eased up and I still finished with a solid time. But like last year I kept sneezing non stop and coughing. There must be something at that trail that bothers me. So weird.
|My Tiffany! She won the Trail race, badass!|
|Fellow Altra Ambassador Chris!|
Next up was hitting up a place with Angie, Josh and fellow Bibrave Pro Chadd for some beers and maybe some balls ;-)
Saturday morning was the 5K and 10K.
|Influencers Jess and Ryan, two new running friends!|
Chadd had set up a tent near the visitors center so we had a Bibrave meetup kind of thing. Jess co-founder of Bibrave arrived with our awesome banner. We had a great time hanging out.
When I woke up I went to happy hour with the RW Editors, David Wiley bought me a beer and I had some personal convo with him, and an overall nice time chatting it up with the intimate crowd that was there. We followed that with the pasta dinner which was all dishes from Shalane's cookbook, yum! It was extra special because this is Runner's World's 50th birthday. I felt very honored to be a part of their celebration and also celebrated their 5th year for the Festival.
|Altra's best booth yet|
|This year's influencers were such an inspiring group of people! We even had an Olympian in our group!|
We chatted on and off and just enjoyed each other's company. Definitely without her I would have been SO MUCH slower. We finished in 1:51 which is only about 5 minutes off my PR on this course. Considering the junk on my legs going into this race, that was an outstanding time and a really good solid effort. I was happy and she was thrilled as that was a lot faster than she thought she could go right now as well. We hugged and gloated about how great we did together.
Altra friends. It's always so great to see them. Next thing I know, Angie was texting me from the beer garden. I never usually get to hang out too long after races but I knew I just needed to get to soccer a few minutes before 1 so that left me some time to play. We had the best time drinking our beer and dancing and watching fellow runners finish. It's no surprise that a running festival put on by Runner's World would realize having the beer garden right by the finish is a great idea. And that's just it. The whole weekend is for runners put on by runners so there's a ton of thought and purpose behind everything that goes on during the weekend. It really doesn't get much better than that.
|4 races in 3 days!|
I know I didn't blab as much as usual but I just honestly can't find the words to do it justice. Just look at the pictures and you will see what I mean. You can also check out my posts from past years (2015, 2014, 2013) and all the Bibrave Reviews if you want even more info. Every single year has been amazing!
|Love these guys! (yes even you Josh)|