Day 1 – Arrival Day and Rodale/Runner’s World HQ Tour
Day 2, Part 1 – Run, Yoga & Food
Day 2, Part 2 – Kid’s Races!
Day 3 – 5k, 10k and Being with my Brother
I woke up at 12midnight to horrible rib pain. I walked down the hotel hallways and bagged up some ice. By 2am, it wasn’t any better and I decided to get up and get my racing kit ready and to keep moving. For some reason, laying down (in any position) was bothering my ribs. By now, walking was painful. I guess the 5k hurt me more, than I realized.
At 2am, I discovered my Half Marathon bib was missing. It was not in my Half Marathon gear bag, I had a different bag for the 5k. For a few moments I was worried and then, I realized 1) My ribs are hurting way too bad, that will hinder my ability to breathe 2) the Bib is missing and should I make RW Public Relations jump through hoops to get me another bib.
My answer was: not race the Half. I knew in my heart of heart, that my rib issue would cause me more grief and I couldn’t risk it. I was very disappointed, as I felt I could redeem myself on this Half.
I got dressed (in my jeans & hoodie). I waited until I knew the Bro was awake and I texted him the news. Naturally he was disappointed, but since he saw the damage of my BCW marathon falls in September, he felt I made the right choice.
I walked to the Sands Hotel & Casino and it was COLD! I was so glad I bought this hoodie at the Vegas airport. While I am not a hoodie type of person, I was this weekend!
Found Bro and we had a our FREEZING IN PA picture
Bro’s same goal: sub7 pace. I think he had it in him, as this course had hills (his specialty).
After the start, I made my way into the Casino outlet mall for some warm coffee. Around the 1:05 mark, I started to head to the Finish. I was immediately passed by the Overall Winner and realized it was the same winner as the 10k.
It was great to watch the top group come in. A few of my fellow blogger-mates came in on the front pack. One of our bloggers is an Olympic-trials qualifier!
I expected Bro to finish around 1:35 and then…in the distance, I could see him. I looked at the clock and realized that a sub 1:30 was within his grasp. I started screaming and yelling to kick.
He crossed the finish in 1:29:## – another sub7 race!
He could not wait until the awards ceremony, as he had to get back to hotel. They would not give him a late check out, not even by an hour.
I waited and he earned 2nd in his AG! 3 awards in 3 races! The man pulled off a Hat Trick!
I ran back to my hotel to get ready and leave for the airport. In hand, was his 2nd place AG plaque. I was determined to get it to him, soon.
Our original plans was to have the same flight home. But his connector to Philly was delayed and it messed us all up. I came into Vegas sooner than he did. Hubby and I went back to pick him up and to give him his plaque. A few days later, he came to my house and I was able to get photos with all his awards. This is my favorite.
This was such an exceptional weekend! Many have asked if I like this better than my Heartbreak Hill Boston trip. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Different city, different people, different bloggers, different vibe. I truly, truly enjoyed both and would go back to both or either of them, again and again. If I lived closer, I would of registered for them, already.
Runner’s World hosts exceptional events. Racers giving it their all, no matter their finish times. Even though I was there to work as a member of the blogging team, I had a blast, learned so much from the sponsors and other exhibitors. It’s a memory that Bro and I will keep in our hearts for a long time. I posted over 50 photos on my Instagram – go check them out @ladybug_runner
Every moment of this experience, was wonderful, so far. I am so grateful for this opportunity that Runner’s World has given me.
*Disclaimer: I was an invited guest blogger to the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival in Bethlehem, PA. The views, reviews and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the organizers nor sponsors or any other company/individual affiliated with the event.