The Runners World Classic: Race Recap Pt. 1

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What a weekend!!

Runners World Classic Race Recap 2016As evidenced by the above photo, my mom and I had A LOT of fun this weekend. A couple years back, my mom and I had done the Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon which is also put on by Runners World, so this weekend felt kind of like a running flashback.

Heartbreak Hill HalfThrowback to a selfie after the Heartbreak Hill Half!

Friday afternoon, my mom came up to my apartment to stay for the weekend. We had fun cooking and watching a little TV, keeping things low-key in preparation for Saturday’s early morning. The 5k started at 7 and we still had to pick up our bibs beforehand.

Merrimack College in North Andover was a great, easy location for the races. We had no problems getting there and parking was a cinch (despite my alarm somehow failing to wake me up Saturday morning so we were a little later than we intended.) We grabbed our bibs and shirts and took a minute to check out the expo. One of my ONLY complaints about the event would be the T-shirts – I love the color, but I was bummed that they were cotton! I’ll still wear it, but it would have been nice if I could have worn it out on runs.

Runners World Classic Race Recap 2016Not a great shirt, but not the worst….

The expo was also very small – I think there were 2 vendors, apart from Runners World! I was super stoked to see Sarah Marie Design Studio there (check out her website if you haven’t heard of her!!) I had actually just ordered one of her “Netflix and Treadmill” tanks, and me and my mom both decided to buy some new running tanks (I got “Positive Vibes, Negative Splits” – love that slogan!)

Finally, it was time to head out and do a little warm-up and stretching before hitting the 5k. My mom was also running this one.

Runners world Classic Race Recap 2016My plan was to push the pace a little bit on this 5k. Knowing that I also had a 10k and half marathon ahead of me, I had no intentions of trying to PR, but I wanted to put in a decent effort. Right at 7 am sharp, we lined up in the starting corral and were off!

The first mile was pretty congested and just took you out through the college campus so not super exciting. Mile 1 – 7:49.

Once the congestion had cleared, I was able to pick it up a little more. I tried to stay in tune with my breathing and exertion levels, not wanting to get caught up in the excitement of the race. Even so, I was surprised when I ran a 7:27 for mile 2 (this was mostly downhill so I think that was the real explanation).

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There was more climbing between miles 2 and 3 and my pace slowed a bit to 7:48 for an average pace of 7:38 per mile. Official time – 24:04. A pretty good time, but obviously well off from my PR of 22:29. I was happy with how I did, but I wasn’t even going to check the results because I figured there was no way that time was going to earn me anything. Thank goodness my mom and I just happened to walk by the results kiosk!! SOMEHOW, I got 1st in my age group!!

Runners World Classic Review 2016

017bcf9865b7156ac8cca84c6ffc94e0da7d30d6ecThis was a big surprise for me, and I was pretty darn excited about it. I think this glass is going to be getting a lot of use. 😉

I had about an hour to relax and then it was time for the 10k. By this point, the heat and humidity were really beginning to ramp up. I decided to think of this as just one of my regular training runs – I was going to take it pretty easy and finish when I finished.

Runners World Race recapI finished the 10k in 54:55, with an average pace of 8:46/mile. A little faster than I normally go on an easy run, but I felt pretty comfortable throughout so I went with it. There were plenty of water stations on the course, which was a good thing because the sun was really beginning to beat down in places along the course (temps reached the low 90’s in North Andover that day). At the finish, volunteers gave out sponges soaked in cold water – AMAZING!!! It definitely felt like DMSE Sports (the company putting on the race) had taken the forecast into account, adding some water stations, the sponges, and plenty of medical staff to keep everyone safe.

It felt great to be officially done for the day and I happily stocked up on plenty of the post-race foods (I had been really good about not eating much of anything in between the 5 and 10k). There was a great selection of chips, granola bars, yogurt, Yasso bars (probably my favorite post-race food!), and Tazo chocolate. The official finisher food was a single hot dog (though you could opt to buy a second one). I’m not a big hot dog person, but it kind of hit the spot after 9.3 miles. You also got a ticket for 1 free beer and they had a choice of Coors Light and Blue Moon. After missing the champagne toast at Delaware, it felt nice to finally get to take advantage of my drink ticket!

For the next hour or so, my mom and I hung out, walked around, and checked out the celebrity mile.

Runners World Classic ReviewThis included Runners World editor David Willey (up front in the blue in the photo), Adrienne Haslet (Boston Marathon bombing survivor), Dick Hoyt (of Team Hoyt), Bill Evans (the Boston police commissioner), and many more.

After the Celebrity Mile was over, my mom and I met up with a running friend to check out the seminars. What better way to celebrate spending your whole morning running than to follow it up with afternoon discussions on running? 😉 The first seminar was called “Getting the Most from your Machine: How to Become your Fastest and Healthiest Runner”. This one was led by Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon,  and Bud Coates, a 2:11 marathoner and 4-time Olympic marathon trials qualifier. This discussion was a little more anecdotal, but it was pretty cool getting to hear these incredible runners describe their experience with running, injuries, and training.

The second seminar was led by 2 physical therapists on how to keep running injury-free. This was another fascinating presentation as we discussed why so many runners get injured, and how the regulations of the health care system contribute to that. I don’t remember the names of these speakers, but both were physical therapists in the Boston area and very engaging speakers. They also stayed around after the talk to answer questions, so my mom was able to get some advice on some nagging hamstring issues.

By that point in the day, my mom and I were wiped out. We decided to skip the last couple seminars which were similar to ones we had seen at the Heartbreak Hill Half and headed out in search of iced coffee.

Stay tuned for a recap of Sunday’s half marathon!

 

 


Our Next Big Race/State

Happy Almost End of the Week to you all!

As most of you know, my mom and I are trying to run a marathon or half marathon in every state. So far, we have 11 down. I’m psyched to say my mom and I have our next state picked out for this summer!

State #12  – UTAH with the Hobble Creek Half Marathon!!

My mom and I picked this race/state for a few reasons. Most importantly, the timing of it was perfect. My mom and I will be running the Runners World Classic in July (if you want to race this one with me, you can use code RAVE for 10% off the registration fee!), but we didn’t have any big races lined up for August. I will be in Utah for work the week of August 13th, so I looked around for some half marathons in the general area the following week and found Hobble Creek. It sounds absolutely AWESOME –

“The Hobble Creek Half Marathon was started by two elite runners and USATF members in 1994 with a vision to create a course that would be both a record breaker and a great tune-up for the St. George Marathon… The course is beautiful and fast with rolling hills and is a great place to set a PR (Personal Record) or tune up for a fall marathon. The race is known for its fast course, flowers for women, and Elite 100 medals.”

Hobble Creek Half Marathon Elevation ProfileThat’s my kind of elevation profile!!!

We are registered for the race, flights and hotels are booked, so it is definitely happening! Eeek, so excited!

I was so thrilled with my PR in Augusta in February, but that course had a couple of big hills in it that definitely cost me some time. I think Utah might just be my new chance at a half marathon PR. 🙂 My mom is coming out to meet me a few days before the race, so we will also get to do some sight-seeing and make a little vacation out of it.

In the meantime, I’m sticking with my speedwork routine (did 2 x 2 miles at half marathon goal pace today and was ecstatic at how well I handled it!) and just trying to work my long runs back up. I’m not really following any formal plan for these half marathons, but I am trying to incorporate lessons learned from previous training cycles.

Sunny early Runs | 2 Generations RunningSunny early morning runs are my favorite

**Random sidenote – My big toenail on my right foot finally came off today (it got absolutely wrecked in Delaware)!! I will probably have a regular toenail again in about 9 months… Just in time for me to probably be ready to register for another marathon. 😉 I will spare you all the pics because I have a feeling none of you want to see my gross runner’s feet.

Have you ever been to Utah? Any recommendations for places/sights to see? Do you have any racecations coming up this summer?


Looking Ahead

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am feeling really optimistic and excited about this week. Something about the weather finally warming up and having the flexibility to do all the workouts and runs I want. I liked the structure of my marathon training plan, but it got to the point where I almost got sick of doing the runs because they felt forced. Like I had to try to stick as closely to the plan as possible or else. Now that Delaware is behind me, I’m excited to play around with some speed work and really get back into cross-training.

I also have a few shorter races already on the calendar!

Run All the Races Meme(Current mood.)

First up, is the Boston Run To Remember 5-Miler this Sunday. I’ve never actually run a 5-mile race before, so yay for an automatic PR!!! I’m looking forward to pushing myself on this one(within reason – no more trips to the ER anytime soon!). I really want to work on my speed this summer, so I think this could be a good race to just gauge where I’m at.

The following weekend, my mom and I will be running the AIDS Walk and Run 5k Boston. The course is right along the Charles, in an area where I sometimes run after work. It’s a really beautiful area, as evidenced by this photo I took a few months ago.SunsetAnd then of course, there is the Runner’s World Classic in July!!!! I know I mentioned that I would be running the half marathon here a few weeks ago. Well, surprise!! I’m actually doing the Hat Trick! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Runners World events, the Hat Trick refers to running all 3 of the races they offer over the weekend – the 5k and 10k on Saturday, and then the half marathon on Sunday! This will be my first time ever trying the whole 3 races in 2 days thing, and I’m psyched. I have to admit though, I don’t think that this will realistically lead to a new half marathon PR, which I had originally been hoping to go for. I haven’t really figured out what I want my strategy to be for the weekend – Do I try to race the 5k or the 10k? Or should I take both of those easy and be more aggressive on the half? Thoughts, anyone?

My mom and I are also toying with the idea of a race in late August that would cross off another state for us… We haven’t finalized any plans there though, so I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

Couple of reminders – If you’re looking for a new hydration belt for summer, I highly recommend the SPIBelt H2O Venture Series (Read my review for all the details here). Use code nora10 at checkout for 10% off and free shipping from spibelt.com!

If you’re local (or even if you’re not) and interested in running the 5k, 10k, or half marathon at the Runner’s World Classic you can still sign up! Use code RAVE at checkout for 10% off.

Have a great week!


The Next Race

First off, a HUGE congrats to all the runners who completed the Boston Marathon on Monday! Running 26.2 miles is hard enough as it is, and add in today’s warm temps and wind, and it takes it to a whole new level. You are all the embodiment of Boston Strong. ♥

The Boston Marathon | 2 Generations RunningI made my way over to the finish from my office around 12:30 in the afternoon. It was chaotic and a little bit stressful dealing with all the crowds. Nevertheless, I found myself feeling inspired and more determined than ever to run Boston. The whole experience has me even more excited to run Delaware in a few weeks too! I have a good feeling about this marathon. 🙂 I think you could say I have a touch of Marathon Fever.

But after Delaware, I’m really looking forward to putting in some work in the shorter distances – meaning half marathon and under. I mayyyyyyy even already have a race planned – the Runners World Classic Half Marathon in North Andover, Mass! Ahh, I’m so excited!!

So how the heck did I end up signed up for another half marathon before I have even run my full marathon? Well, you may have noticed a new logo on the sidebar of my blog – I am now a Bibrave Pro ambassador! Bibrave.com is a website that runners can use to review races – and to check out a race they are considering signing up for. Basically, it’s the Yelp of the running world. I’ve been writing reviews of my races for years now, so I recently started putting my reviews on Bibrave. Considering that my job involves planning races, I think I have a pretty good perspective on what it takes to plan a great event. 😉

Through my ambassadorship, I get to try out different races and running products, and the Runners World Classic will be my first one! I LOVED the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon when I ran it 2 years ago and I’m psyched to be doing another Runners World event. The cool thing is that it’s not just a race – they have a 5k and 10k in addition to the half, as well as a full day’s worth of seminars on different running topics. For a whole weekend, you can 100% immerse yourself in running. In case you need one more reason to register, Dave McGillivray, the race director of the Boston Marathon, will also be directing this event. Can you tell I’m geeking out right now?!

FangirlingIt’s only 2 months post-marathon, so it might not realistically give me enough time to recover and then train for a half marathon PR – but I might give it a shot anyway. I ran a 1:45 in Augusta, but I can feel that 1:40 calling my name! Even if it doesn’t happen at this race, that’s what I’m hoping to work on this summer.

This weekend will be another crazy work trip for me (which means tons of time on my feet, but no running unfortunately). Once I’m back, there will be nothing between me and running Delaware. I’m stoked.

Did you watch the Boston Marathon? Do you have any races planned for the summer yet? Want to come run the Runner’s World Classic with me??? 🙂