• Runner’s World Festival & Half {Blogger Events}

    October 19, 2013

    Hello, hello!

    I am having a blast at the Runner’s World Festival & Half! Yay! Here is a recap from Friday!



    Our first full day in Bethleham kicked off bright and early with a 3-mile shakeout run with Bart Yasso, who, if you didn’t know already, is the coolest guy I ever. He has done so many amazing things, and I just want to listen to him tell me stories from his life.


    Bart took us on a gorgeous route around Bethlehem.

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    We stopped a few times so he could point out various landmarks, including a number of especially beautiful views.

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    running bloggers group shot
    credit: Run Eat Repeat

    Finishing 3 miles… and an enthusiastic fist pump from Theodora!


    Yay! My long lost friend!



    After our run, we enjoyed a healthy breakfast—I grabbed a plate of fresh fruit and a yogurt-berry-granola parfait, which, as soon as I finished, I refilled my cup for round two. FYI: There was a lot of “round two eating” yesterday. All of the food here is so good; I just couldn’t help myself.




    After breakfast, we heard a Altra Zero Drop Footwear product presentation. (Altra is the primary sponsor of the Runner’s World Festival & Half.) Co-founder, Golden Harper, discussed the brand’s various “zero drop” shoes and shared his motivation for developing the company.

    Golden was an All-American runner (he ran a 2:45 marathon at age 12 – holy crap!!) and worked in a running store for many, many years, so he saw the need for more natural footwear that didn’t cause people to heel strike (which is known to cause various running injuries), so he started to develop and test “zero drop” shoes. (He used to make them at home with the help of his family.) Over time, his idea grew into something more and he watched his shoes help eliminate injuries in people who thought they couldn’t run anymore. Now, Golden is working to spread the word about Altra all over the world.

    The Altra story was really neat to hear, and I could tell that Golden was 110% behind everything that he said and incredibly passionate about his product and running, in general.


    During the Altra presentation, each of us had the opportunity to write on their “Running is…” board.

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    My response:

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    Golden also took us through a “Learn to Run Clinic” to teach us how to run more efficiently and help minimize injuries. His session is summarized here: Learn to Run.


    After our time with Altra, we participated in a “Recovery for Runners” session with Melanie Douglass, who is a registered dietitian, NASM-certified personal trainer, and AFAA-certified instructor. She also helped develop the Runner’s World Cookbook.


    The session was sponsored by Pro-Form, a company who makes treadmills, ellipticals, and other fitness equipment.


    Proform gave us some fun, yoga-inspired equipment, so Melanie incorporated it into her class. The Infinity Fitness Band (I heard a rumor you can find it at Walmart) made regular yoga a zillion times harder by adding resistance for building strength and increasing/encouraging deeper stretches. It felt so good to stretch my tight hips and hamstrings, especially before race day!



    After the “Recovery for Runners” session, it was time to eat! Lunch featured recipes from the new Runner’s World Cookbook, which I love, love, love and highly recommend.

    This cookbook is legit with all sorts of delicious recipes, including vegetarian, gluten-free, low-calorie, recovery-specific, and quick meals. Of course, these recipes were created with runners in mind, but lots of people would enjoy this cookbook. All of the recipes are made with wholesome, easy-to-find ingredients that are both nutritious and delicious, and almost half of the 150 recipes are accompanied by a beautiful photograph. Long story short, you’ll definitely see some of these recipes on CNC in the future!


    The lunch menu featured a number of recipes from the Runner’s World Cookbook.


    Food time!



    Plate #1 was immediately followed by Plate #2. I loved lunch!


    Dessert was phenomenal: Banana Oat Energy Bars— I ate three of them.


    After lunch, we had a special VIP meet-and-greet with Olympic Gold Medalist, Summer Sanders, who was such an engaging speaker. She has had an amazing life and career—definitely check out her bio.


    Summer is featured in the November issue of Runner’s World. I haven’t read her piece yet, but I’m excited to read it on the plane ride home tomorrow.


    Our next activity of the day was the “skirt Olympics” with Running Skirts and Bart Yasso. It was basically a sprinting relay that involved putting on various pieces of clothing from Running Skirts—first a skirt and then a pair of compression socks. I’m not sure who ultimately won (it was a frantic five minutes of fun), but Bart definitely looked handsome in his running skirt.

    credit: Instagram @RunEatRepeat

    credit: Instagram @relentlessforwardcommotion

    Our final event of the day was a trip to the race expo to pick up our packets, bibs, t-shirts, and hats for those of us running the Hat Trick. (Hats for the Hat Trick? Love it.) But before we grabbed our race packets, we attended a Pro-Form and iFit demonstration to learn about the Boston Marathon Treadmill, which is the coolest thing ever: HD marathon workouts, including the Boston Marathon course, a Speed Ring that let’s you adjust your speed from your finger, and iFit technology that allows you track, record, and customize all sorts of workouts and data. Seriously. Coolest thing ever.


    Packet pick-up time!


    Getting our bibs and packets was a piece of cake. For the Hat Trick, we got one bib for all three races and then went to a separate line to pick it up. After that, we went upstairs to a different space to get our t-shirts and hats, so the lines flowed quickly and efficiently.


    The actual expo was great with all sort of vendors, products, food samples, and demonstrations.

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    We spent about an hour there wandering around and checking everything out before heading back to the hotel.

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    After all of that fun and excitement, I was exhausted. I went with some friends to grab dinner from the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays, but, instead of joining them for a movie, I changed into my PJs, hung out in my hotel room, and then went to bed semi-early. (I am an old lady.)


    Hey, it was a nice way to spend the evening before back-to-back races the next morning!


    More adventures to come!

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    { 47 comments… read them below or add one }

    Sana October 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    :) Sounds like an awesome event! Glad you were able to get some rest!


    STUFT Mama October 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    If you’re an old lady, then I am a grandma. LOL. IN in my pjs for the second night in a row her eand my night last night looked a lot like yours. Dinner in bed. :) So fun hanging out with you here Tina.


    Sam @ bacon it paleo October 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    For me running is my time for self reflection.

    Loved following your posts this weekend this event looks amazing! Best of luck in the half!


    Bethany October 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Running is my confidence builder.


    Eryn October 20, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Rewarding! Both mentally and physically!


    Karen October 20, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Great videos from altra. Thanks for sharing ! Have a great race !


    Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com October 20, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Something I’ll never love! But I think it’s a great form of exercise, just not for me.


    Shel@PeachyPalate October 20, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Sounds like a fun filled first day! I’d be in bed too after it! :)


    Kristi October 20, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I’ve been wondering about my running form since I started running more outside my back and neck have started hurting. I am going to have to pay more attention to my posture when I’m running.


    Tara Caudle October 20, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Great recap, Tina! I am thoroughly enjoying myself here at the festival; hope you have a great race on Sunday and a safe trip home. Thank you for all you do!


    Runner Girl Eats October 20, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Running is my therapy. Nothing helps turn a day around like a running high :)


    Amy October 20, 2013 at 8:16 am

    That sounds like so much fun! Thank you for sharing!

    For me, “Running is…my me time.”


    Tess October 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Running is relaxing!!!


    Mer October 20, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Now I’m REALLY excited that Runner’s World is having their festival in Boston next year! Looks awesome!

    Also, I’ll have you know that I now have my parents obsessed with Lime Leaf. My favorite dish there right now is the Crispy Basil Chicken. I’m glad I don’t live too close to that place. I’d be there every night!


    Tina October 20, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Lime Leaf is the best!!! Try the Lime Leaf noodle!


    Megan October 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I definitely heel strike (the heels of every single pair of shoes I own wear out waaaaay before the rest of the shoe!) and it’s led to plantar fasciitis in one foot, which is no fun at all. I’ll have to check out the Altra Zero and see if its a good fit for me.


    Wendy@ All Kinds of Miles October 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

    What a cool opportunity to meet Bart Yasso and get to do so many cool things! Good luck on the Hat Trick- remember our bodies can do so much more than we expect them to!


    Suzanne October 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This looks like so much fun! Love the compression socks with hearts!

    Running is my “me” time, it gives me the strength, patience and energy to be a great mom and wife.


    Alex @ Kenzie Life October 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

    For me, running is how I earn my confidence.

    I really want to go to some sort of running/fitness/health expo next year. They look like so much fun!


    Mary R. October 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Something I miss so very much. Hip surgeries have made me have to give it up. It’s hard to replace that runner’s high, but a long tough bike ride comes close, as does a long swimming session. Thank goodness. Enjoy the hat trick!


    Maureen October 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Fun times! It’s awesome looking at your pictures and seeing some of my {other} favorite bloggers! :)


    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom October 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Running is therapy.


    Alissa Jo October 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

    My therapy!


    Elle October 20, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Running is both relaxing and invigorating, both humbling and empowering.


    Livi October 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    that looks like an awesome day! for me — running is…hard but rewarding :)


    Karien @ Running the Race October 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Running is a joy!!! :)


    Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Running is the only way I’ve ever felt even CLOSE to an “athlete!” 😉


    Sam October 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Running is what makes me feel like I can accomplish anything!

    I’m loving all your posts from this weekend. It’s awesome to hear about all the events from someone else’s perspective.


    Alicia at Poise in Parma October 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I’ve been following along via Instagram – it looks like such a wonderful experience!

    For me, running is my trusty standby. It’s always there for me, even when I’m not always there doing it.


    Kristin @ W [H] A T C H October 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Running is the freedom to move and to be.


    Annette@FitnessPerks October 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Sounds so fun! Great recap :)


    Rachel @ Health My Lifestyle October 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Running is the best stress reliever!


    Brittany @ The Fit Phoenician October 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Looks fun!! I’m always curious if things like runner’s world festival as well as fitfluential and blogging conventions cater to vegans? Most of the food looks like it’s accommodating but do they ever talk about no animal products are these events?


    Annie @ herightfit.com October 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    The food looks phenomenal. What a great weekend.


    Morganne @ Nut ButterRunner October 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Sounds like you’re having a fantastic time! This event sounds amazing!


    Ashley October 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Running is my challenge — challenges me every single time and I love it.


    Diane October 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm
    Alicia @NeverEverBeenSkinny October 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Running is something that seemed impossible but is now possible.


    Debbie@Happy, Healthy, Fit, and Fine October 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    How lucky to have some beautiful views on the run!


    Jessica Himes October 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm
    Heather October 21, 2013 at 12:04 am

    altra shoes are AWESOME! i just ran the baystate marathon in them today and PR’d by a good 25 minutes! definitely in part b/c of those shoes!


    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen October 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

    I love this! I followed you and some other bloggers on Instagram and it seriously looks like a blast :) For me, Running is: a challenge that I enjoy. It is ME time :)


    mary @ minutes per mile October 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    running is my motivation!


    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance October 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

    This looks like so much fun! And what a great emphasis on healthy living. The food they provided you looks so good. I am not much of a runner but this kind of inspires me!


    Alycia October 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Oh my gosh, I love the bags that the swag from Pro-Form came in! Would you happen to know if they are for sale anywhere?


    Tina October 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

    We were told all of the products could be found at Walmart. The Pro-Form website might have it too?


    Ellen October 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Hey Tina, glad you liked Bethlehem! It’s my hometown and love living here and running here. I ran the 10K this weekend …what a gorgeous morning !


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