Last post about the weekend, I swear.
After the races Saturday morning, we went in search of lunch. The seminars we wanted to go to started at 1:30 so we didn’t have a ton of time, but we found a really good place on Main Street to eat. I also found the gas station next to my hotel for some hot chocolate. I didn’t have any on Friday and it just about killed me, so it was necessary.
The first seminar we went to was with Mark Remy. It was described as a “fun, interactive session” and it did not disappoint. He brought us through his writing process as we “helped” him create his blog post for Monday. We learned the steps he takes in crafting a post and he brought in his humor which was great.
Bart Yasso also held a seminar which was amazing. His stories are so inspiring. The people he’s met, the races he’s done (over 1500!!), and the lives he’s touched are incredible. He shared humorous moments and serious moments along with pictures from races he’s done throughout his life. I was blown away by some of the tougher ones. Bart is a truly amazing guy and it’s no wonder he’s the mayor of running, as he’s often called. He deserves the title more than anyone.
We had a few hours between the seminar with Bart and Liz Miele’s comedy show, so we decided to go out and explore a bit. We stopped at a few local stores in town, a coffee shop, and an ice cream place (duh). It brought back memories of when I was last in Bethlehem for our track conferences and I wanted to go to this particular ice cream place, but nobody would go despite everyone talking about it all weekend. Luckily this time i brought someone with me who I knew I could count on. I did learn that I’m not a fan of apple dumplings though.
Liz Miele was the keynote “speaker” of the weekend. She is a New York comedian that talks about running, dating, cats, and living in NYC. She was absolutely hilarious. If I’m ever in New York, I’ll be sure to go to one of her shows.
Next came a pasta dinner with the editors. I had never had Alfredo sauce before (I know) but I was feeling brave and decided to give it a shot. The verdict? So good. It was probably the best meal I’ve had in months. I went back for seconds, with more sauce the next time.
By the time dinner ended I was exhausted. I pretty much passed out the second we got back to the hotel. I woke up, had some french toast at the hotel breakfast, and we headed out to catch part of the half marathon. We positioned ourselves at mile 11 just in time to see Lauren run by, and then hung around until a few other bloggers passed us. They all killed it and I was so excited to see them. We didn’t make it back to the finish because of all the road closures, but we were tracking them on the app so we knew how they did.
To be honest, if I hadn’t had a certain someone with me this weekend, I would have probably tried to run the half marathon. It would have been really stupid, but it’s a lot easier to be smart about racing when you have someone to keep you company and help distract you from the fact that you can’t run a race you really wanted to do, especially when all of your friends are doing it. I’m not saying I think I would have finished it, but I would have been more likely to attempt it. I’m really glad I didn’t.
We hit the road shortly after and made a few stops on the way home. We had lunch at Red Robin and browsed the Nike and Adidas outlets in Lancaster, and then went for a walk/hike at Chickie’s Rock Overlook Trail to take in the views and stretch out our (incredibly sore) legs. It was absolutely gorgeous and the perfect end to an already perfect weekend.
This weekend was absolutely amazing. I got to spend it with so many friends in a gorgeous place. As Bart Yasso said, “every runner should be treated like Shalane Flanagan, and that’s what we try to do at Runner’s World.” Well, Runner’s World, mission accomplished. I was blown away by every last detail that went into putting on such an incredible race weekend. I can’t recommend it highly enough and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Going back to the real world on Monday was rough. Really rough.
So thank you once again Runner’s World for an amazing experience. I will definitely not forget it.
Disclaimer: I was invited to participate in the Runner’s World Festival. My meals, hotel, swag bags, and races were paid for but as always, all opinions are my own.
Have you ever run a race when you shouldn’t?