Runner’s World Festival Half Marathon

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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I did it! I survived the “Hat Trick!”

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On Sunday morning, I woke up a little tired and sore, but, overall, I felt pretty good, and I was ready to run 13.1 miles.

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Once again, it was chilly before the race, so a bunch of us waited until the very last minute to check our bags.

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A few of us actually waited so long, we cut it pretty close to the race start. I was still making my way through the crowds to get into the right pace group when the gun went off. Oops!

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Apparently, I was still fidgeting around with my watch or Spibelt or something because my timing chip never registered when I ran over the mat. I have a feeling it was all bunched up under my Spibelt because I was so focused on starting my watch at the right time. Whomp whomp. Obviously, I didn’t realize this until I looked up my results online and saw that my clock and net time were the exact same. Oh, well.

The race itself was tough. SO MANY HILLS! It was a beautiful course, especially with all of the colorful fall foliage, but holy crap. Hills for days!!

My legs actually started to feel tired on mile 2. MILE 2!! GAH! I knew right away I probably wasn’t going to achieve my A goal for the race, which was running a sub 2-hour half marathon, but I still kept my eyes peeled for the 2-hour pace group, just in case I could maybe keep up with them.



The first 6 miles of the half were so, so hard for me. Physically, I was tired from the previous day’s races, but, mentally, the thought of running another 7, 8, 9 miles just seemed so overwhelming. I ended up using a number of mental tricks and thinking a lot about Dave McGillivray’s talk to help get me through. I just took the race mile by mile.

  • Mile 1: 9:05
  • Mile 2: 9:31
  • Mile 3: 9:38
  • Mile 4: 9:27
  • Mile 5: 10:02
  • Mile 6: 9:50
  • Mile 7: 9:45
  • Mile 8: 10:02
  • Mile 9: 9:45


Before I knew it, I was at mile 10 and 3 more miles didn’t seem so bad. At this point, most of the pain I felt in my legs just sort of went away. I didn’t miraculously feel better, but I was able to just keep trucking along. It was also pretty exciting counting down those last few miles. Three miles”¦ two miles”¦ one mile!

  • Mile 10: 9:33
  • Mile 11: 9:37
  • Mile 12: 9:38
  • Mile 13: 9:02

Total: 2:06:51 (9:40) [Official time: 2:08:59]

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Brittany snapped this photo of me just as I’m about to cross the finish line. I look like I am in so much pain! Haha!

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credit: Eating Bird Food

Post-race with Theodora!

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Blogger crew!

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After the race, I ate an apple, drank a coconut water (LOVE that the race provided them), and three of these coconut macaroon Larabars, which are heavenly.

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All in all, I am really happy with my performance at the Hat Trick. I didn’t break any PRs, but I achieved both my B and C goals for the half marathon, which were running the whole 13.1 miles without stopping and finishing in one piece! Woohoo!

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After the race, I headed back to the hotel, showered up, packed up, and went to Ruby Tuesday’s for lunch, which was a mile-high salad with all sorts of goodies. The croutons at Ruby Tuesday’s? HELLO! I went back for a second plate with just croutons on it. They’re like little bites of garlic bread.

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After lunch, I grabbed my stuff and hopped in a shuttle along with Monica, Sarah, Janae, and Brittany to the airport. On the drive, we took a little pit stop to get some froyo.

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These ladies have the best ideas!

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All in all, I loved my experience at the Runner’s World Festival & Half, and I would definitely go again. It’s not a weekend where you just slap on a bib and run. There is so much more to the weekend. Talks, dinners, and access to running celebrities and Runner’s World editors””I probably bumped into Bart Yasso a half dozen times over the course of the weekend. The races were also really well-organized with lots of volunteers, easy packet pick up and bag check, plenty of porta-potties, etc. And, of course, running through Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in mid-October was absolutely gorgeous. All three courses were beautiful!

A huge THANK YOU to Runner’s World for inviting me and covering the cost of my travel and accommodations this weekend. I had a blast, and I can’t wait for next year!

Questions of the Day

What’s your next running/fitness goal?

What should my next running/fitness goal be?

P.S. Just wanted to share this: RunningSkirts Skirtlympics at Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival. The part with Bart is so funny!



  1. Woo hoo! way to go! 3 races in one weekend (and one was a half marathon!!!). Your mental toughness is inspiring! Thanks for chronically your weekend, it was fun to follow on twitter, etc. Makes me excited for my 5k this weekend!
    And froyo—a MUST!

  2. Great job, Tina!! I am so impressed that even though you were struggling with your run you pushed through the whole thing. My second half was supposed to take place at the beginning of October, but it got pushed to the middle of November because of the government shutdown. I’m feeling really nervous for it now and am way less prepared than I would have been in early October since my training schedule got all messed up. All of my long runs have been a huge struggle recently and I have a hard time pushing through without stopping. Your perseverance during this half is really inspiring to me and hopefully I’ll be able to do well in my upcoming half too!

  3. I just signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon in May to run for charity (JDRF in honor of my niece) so my goal would be to train and finish it. I had looked into the Runner’s World half earlier in the year and didn’t get enough training in to feel like it was a good idea.

  4. Congrats on completing the hat trick. I so would have woken up on Sunday and said ahhhh that’s enough for one weekend! What a great accomplishment! I think you should do something totally different next…like an obstacle race or a yoga challenge. Just something completely new and different. I love changing things up like that!

  5. I just finished my first full marathon, and holy cow it was tough! Feels absolutely amazing but now I don’t know what to do with myself…I need another challenge!

    I’m thinking it may be time to start CrossFit…I’ve been wanted to for a long time now. Challenge accepted? I’m thinking so.

  6. Great job! That froyo was so well earned! I can’t even imagine running 9.3 miles one day and then a half marathon the next, definitely something you’d have to train really hard for to do without pain or being sore!

  7. Love your posts Tina!! Look forward to reading them each and every day! P.s. That Larabar flavor looks absolutely amazing!! Congrats on all you did this weekend!

  8. First of all – this sounds like a blast and I would love to have done it too (minus the hills – hills = death). Secondly, love your headband – super cute! How do you run with sunglasses on though? Mine always slip so I wear a hat instead during outdoor runs.

  9. I have my first duathlon on Saturday, I just want to finish without falling off my bike!! I’m so excited to push my body in a new way, but a little scared that I won’t live up to my expectations!

  10. Way to go, Tina! That picture of you with the three medals is BADASS! You should be proud 🙂

    My next running goal is the Ragnar Relay Cape Cod in early May and the Tough Mudder VT later that month. You should do them too! 😉

  11. My next running goal is to go sub-1:50 in a half and sub-4:00 in a full. I’m close for the first, but the full goal is killing me!!

    What about setting a break-the-chain type of fitness goal next? Like running every day for a month or 30-days of yoga/Cross Fit/barre or something?

  12. Great job! I’m hoping to run a sub-2:30 half in December. I ran 13 on Sunday and Monday went for a walk with the dog and my legs were all, “Nope nope nope!” I’m glad I only have 1 race to run for my race weekend 🙂 You are a tough group!

  13. What an awesome, awesome achievement!! I recently did my first half marathon and can only imagine having run a 5k and 10k the day before too, phew!

    My next goal is going to be to cut down running to 2 days a week and focus much more on my strength training.

  14. Are you thinking of doing the Runner’s World half and festival in Boston this coming June? Starts and finishes at BC and is a challenging course including Heartbreak Hill. Should be fun!

  15. Congrats Tina! 🙂 Well done. Which earphones do you usually use? I have similar ones but the keep on falling from my ear so I have to put them back like every 5 seconds. If you have any good brands/type/model for recommendation, let me know 🙂

    1. @Martina: Obviously, I’m not Tina, but I needed to add my 2 cents. Hahah. I really like Yurbuds. They’re between $30-40 (and up) depending on which ones you want – remote/talk button, no button, etc…but I really like them and they stay put! I sucked it up and bought 2 pairs because I really liked them – one to keep in the car for the gym and another just for running/walking the dog. I’ve found them at Amazon/Best Buy/Dicks Sporting Goods…

      1. @Molly: Thanks for the suggestion Molly. I’ll check them out in Amazon and hopefully they will ship internationally as I don’t leave in the US 😉

  16. Awesome! Isn’t amazing how we can surprise ourselves like this??? Doing things we aren’t so sure we can do, but get them done : )

  17. Congrats on completing the hat trick!! Really enjoyed your recaps, looks like it was a fantastic weekend!

    I’ve got two 10Ks coming up in November. I’ve got the endurance, working on speed now. Hoping to do another half in the spring 🙂

  18. Hey Tina,

    I need advice… I want to start running for exercise, but I just am not a big fan of it, I start thinking about my breathing and I am the biggest clutz in the world. I want to start running because its free exercise and I can run anywhere… I just can get over my mental game what are your suggestions to becoming a new runner and a sustained runner?

    1. Honestly, just get out there and run. It’s not easy, especially at first, but you need to keep on trucking and not get discouraged. Having a goal and training plan is a great way to get started too. Good luck! 🙂

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