WOW! This weekend has been such an amazing one it’s kind of surreal to be sitting down to write this recap. Which is why there is going to be more than one post about my weekend at Runner’s World. Today’s post is all about the actual 5k itself. I will also be posting a recap of Friday’s blogging events (I already posted Thursday’s BBQ at Runner’s World headquarters), plus a post on all the cool companies we worked with, and then a totally awesome giveaway post that you are not going to want to miss out on! This weekend was so incredible I think it definitely warrants five posts. ;p
Saturday morning started bright and early when my alarm woke me up at 5am. After showering and getting ready at my sister’s house it was time to get on the road and get to Bethlehem. I ate oats in the parking lot for breakfast and then met up with Alec from Pop Fit Life to walk over to the race area. The weather was perfect for running, it was sunny and not too chilly.
I was SO excited! I tried not to psych myself out by telling myself that it was just another workout. When I run I run 5ks outside and in the gym so this really was something I was capable of. I just needed to get out there and do it and enjoy the experience! I LOVED my race day outfit. It kept me warm and dry and I felt super cute in it. It’s from Road Runner Sports and if you like it you should definitely check back later this week. *Giveaway hint*
The start and finish of the run were by the Bethlehem Steel Stacks and it made for such an incredible backdrop. There’s so much history there.
I love the new Arts Quest center. There are real bathrooms in there which were great before the start of the race. There is also a Peeps and Mike and Ike shop since the factory for them is nearby. I was so proud of myself for staying away from that. I have a slight Mike and Ike addiction. ;p
A close-up of my bib. Wearing it made me feel so official.
I had my Sauconys on and a pair of Balega socks. They’re my first pair of real running socks and I love them. Good socks really do make a difference!
I got lined up in my corral and started to get really pumped up. The announcers were amazing, there was music blasting and the atmosphere was just great! I had no idea what to expect timing wise so I lined up with the 12 minute mile runners.
I brought my camera with me for the run but I ended up not using it. I was in the zone and didn’t want to stop to take pictures. The course was a beautiful one, with a few hills and lots of crowd support. At each mile marker there was a band playing which was just awesome. It was so great to be surrounded by runners all showing up and putting in the effort for a great experience. I never understood why people ran races but now I totally get it. The atmosphere is contagious. When I finished the run I felt a little emotional thinking about how far I’ve come in my running journey. I know it’s just a 5k but two months ago I couldn’t run. This was a huge deal for me.
Me with my finisher’s medal! I was SO proud. I don’t have a running watch to keep track of my time or distance so I had no clue what my finishing time was. I knew it was in between a 32 and a 33 minute finish and I was so happy. That is minutes ahead of my best run time before the race. The atmosphere really does make a difference. I was so glad this event was my first race, Runner’s World is phenomenal and they really knew how to run a race. You would have never guessed this was their first time hosting a race. At the finish line there were plenty of bagels, bananas, apples, and water. I also love that they gave out medals for the 5k. This is something I’m going to treasure!
Me with Tina of Best Body Fitness. I love this girl, she is so sweet!
Me and Jill of Fitness, Health, and Happiness. I was so excited to get to meet her! I got to run with her for a little bit towards the end of the 5k before she zoomed past me and it was so fun. She was pacing herself for the next days half marathon which I know she rocked. So inspirational!
A big group shot of FitFluentials with Bart Yasso and Dean. These ladies (and Harold!) are so inspirational it’s crazy. I left the conference feeling on top of the world. I am so lucky to be a part of FitFluential, it really has changed the entire way I look at fitness and health. Life is what you make of it, so why not make it amazing?
Me and Dean.
Alec and Karen of Run with Nutrition and I hanging out while waiting for Runner’s World to announce the winners of the races. Karen finished first in the 5k for her age group! She’s an incredible runner!
Karen and I had fun in the photo booth. Can you guess what our theme was each time?
After waiting for what felt like forever the results for the 5k were finally posted. I was so excited to find out my time!
I was SO happy when I saw my time of 32:35! That’s an average mile pace of 10:26. Last week miles were taking me around 11.30 minutes so this was huge for me!
After the run Karen, Alec and I headed to lunch. We were hungry and it was windy so we walked to the closest place that I can’t remember the name of now. It is connected to a hockey rink and looked pretty cool so we decided to eat there. I got a veggie and hummus wrap with a side of chips. It was really good.
The three of us had so much fun hanging out and chatting over food. I wish we lived closer so we could hang out more.
After lunch it was time to say goodbye and for me to get on the road. Josh and I had a Halloween party we were so excited to get to that night so I needed to get started on my 4 hour drive as quickly as possible to make sure I made it back in time. Unfortunately by the time I got to Josh’s I was so exhausted we ended up skipping the party and I went to bed at 8:30. I was so bummed but Josh was so sweet and understanding. We have big plans for our penguin costumes next week!
And while we didn’t get to the party we did get a run in on Sunday. Josh has running a lot lately too and is way better than me. I love getting to run with him and for us to cheer each other on. I get so proud when I see him run (really far in front of me) thinking about how we are taking such good steps to live long and healthy lives and how some day (years and years down the line) when we have a family we can be good influences on them to live active lives as well. When I was a kid movement was torture and I didn’t see the point of exercise. At ten I weighed eight pounds less than I do now and felt horrible about myself. That is not the type of message I want to pass on.
We ran a 5k around the neighborhood, with Josh completing it in 30:39 and me finishing at 31:30. (According to our phones.) Even faster than yesterday! This running thing really is contagious!
Question of the Day: What was your first race like? If you haven’t run a race yet what is the first race you want to run? One day I am going to run a Disney Half Marathon in a tutu and my life will be complete.