Monday, October 22, 2012

Runner's World Half Marathon Weekend--Day 1

To say I was excited that I got invited to attend the FitFluential blogger event at Runner's World in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this weekend would be an understatement.  When I found out that I got to visit the Runner's World Headquarters and run their inaugural event, I was jumping for joy.  What I didn't anticipate was that the weekend was better than I could have even imagined.

I will probably be covering different things from the weekend throughout a couple posts.  I am excited to share everything with you all, but want to keep things as brief as possible so as to not bore you though I could go on forever.

I arrived in Bethlehem on Thursday night, checked into my hotel, and was handed my welcome goody bag.  I had only been in town for 10 minutes and I already had a bag of fun stuff including the new Runner's World Big Book of Marathon and Half Marathon Training book, two Sweaty Bands, Swiftwick socks, and cards for more free items that we could pick up at the expo. I headed to my room to meet my roommates and then we hopped on a Limo Bus to head to the Runner's World Headquarters.

I walked off the bus, full of excitement and nerves.  I had no idea what to expect but my weekend was finally starting.

We were welcomed by Editor-in-Chief David Willey.  Behind David Willey, in black, is the amazing, David Tratner.  David was the one behind bringing the FitFluential team to Bethlehem and who made our weekend so awesome.

We were immediately greeted by Bart Yasso and started meeting other Runner's World editors.  They invited us into their office where they had a great barbecue dinner set up.  I ate dinner with the Training Sr. Editor, Christine Fennessy and the Nutrition Sr. Editor, Joanna Golub.  Just as we were finishing eating, Amby Burfoot sat down at our table.  The excited runners in us were so excited to meet such a running legend.

They welcomed us to the Runner's World Weekend and introduced us to one of the weekend's sponsors, Altra Footwear.  We had a morning planned with Altra the next day, but that night they fitted us for own pair of Altra Zerodrop shoes.

And we did some more mingling and I met Mark Remy.

Finally, we were lead on a tour of the Runner's World office.  It was very cool to see where everyone worked and the behind-the-scenes of my favorite magazine.

All the Runner's World covers and below is where they storyboard the upcoming issue.  Sadly, they had just taken down next month's issue so we didn't get a sneak peak.

Bart Yasso was extremely excited to show us his office.

We ended the night outside the office where they had a fire set up to roast marshmallows, and then we headed back to the hotel for an early night.  We were warned of our very busy day ahead of us which would begin with a 7:30am run with Bart Yasso for a tour of Bethlehem and part of the race course.

Day 1 was over and our weekend was only beginning.  I will get Day 2 & 3 up as quickly as possible as well as my race recap as soon as pictures are posted.  Spoiler: My race went AMAZING!!!!!


Larisa Dixon said...

You absolutely rocked this weekend. Glad we got to hang out. Great recap.

Michelle D said...

It's been fun to read everyone's recaps of the weekend. Sounds like an amazing time!

Amanda Loudin said...

See? You did brief very well! Great recap and pics--I am already wishing I had it all to relive! So great meeting and hanging out with you.

Laura @ Mommyrunfast said...

Amazing race indeed! I can't wait to hear your full report. This weekend sounds unbelievable. What an awesome experience! I really want to go next year, even if they don't make a whole weekend out of it. It's not that far from my parents... but it was too many flights for this fall. So I'm living it through you all!

RunToTheFinish said...

I agree with the other amanda, I want to do it all again!

Cristina @triathlonmami said...

lucky lucky lucky ... i am jealous but can't wait to hear more about how the weekend went!

Elena Sonnino said...

You are so was amazing. I am sad it is all over. Also, it was equally fabulous to have met you! You are inspiring in so many ways!!

Erin said...

Love your first recap! This weekend was incredible!

Tina @ Best Body Fitness said...

The weekend was incredible! And I'm still so proud of you for the race. It was great to meet you in person!