This weekend was the Runner’s World Half & Festival! Last year I ran my first 10K in this festival, and made the goal to do the half this year, and it happened. My goal for the race was to simply finish, but I actually finished with a decent time of 2:05!
Saturday I went to pick up my race bib and check out the expo, which to be honest I didn’t find as entertaining as last year. Although, that may be because I went towards the end this year and towards the beginning last year. After the expo, my boyfriend, Alex, and I went for drinks at Tapas on Main. Tapas on Main is known for their amazing sangrias, that you can buy by the pitcher. We heard they were offering some seasonal drinks for the Fall. Because I love everything Fall and Pumpkin like any other blogger out there, I had to try them.
Alex would kill me if he knew I spilled the beans on his drink choice on here, but I’m going to anyways. Too bad. He got the pumpkin spice martini and I got the pumpkin spice sangria. I thought the pumpkin spice martini was better. There was a very slight pumpkin taste in the sangria. It was more so just sweet, or as Alex described it, “It tastes like a gummy bear.”
Afterwards we walked over to the best Italian restaurant in Bethlehem, Mama Nina’s, for a pre-race pasta dinner. I got plain old spaghetti and meatballs, which was still delicious. We also enjoyed the complimentary glass of wine that comes with the meals.
After a big pasta dinner, I was ready to go home and get ready for the race the next morning. My morning started early at 5:15am. I got up and got dressed into my new Eddie Bauer Incendiary 1/4-Zip Pullover from FitBlog (Thank you, Eddie Bauer!) and my Athleta running tights, which you’ll see in pictures below. The pullover we the perfect top to wear because it kept me pretty warm in the early morning hours before the sun came up but was light enough for later when I was running and the sun was out. I quickly made breakfast and coffee, and ate on the way to the Steel Stacks Arts Quest center, where the race took place. Breakfast was 1/2 cup oatmeal with 1/2 a banana melted in and a big scoop of peanut butter on top. Sorry for the repeat picture from a few weeks ago. I didn’t remember to take a picture race morning…I was too busy wrapping my head around the fact that I’d be running 13.1 miles in a few hours.
I got to the Steel Stacks around 6:30, and waited in the warmth of the Arts Quest building with Alex and family among other runners for the next hour or so. Around 7:30, a half hour before race time, I ate half of a banana for extra fuel since it had been about 2 hours since my oatmeal.
From there, I split from my family and headed over to the starting line as the nerves began to kick in. I used the walk to the starting line to really focus and get in my zone. I felt really good up until mile 10. Then, an annoying ankle pain began. It was nothing too painful at first but got continually worse starting at mile 11 through the finish. Still, it was nothing too debilitating.
Doing the princess wave at 11 miles
I finished with a time of 2:05, which was better than I had planned for. I figured with a 9:55 pace that I usually keep, I’d be done around 2:10, but my average pace was actually 9:33, so I’m pretty proud of that! It’s all that adrenaline.
Me and Alex post-race
Obviously, after your first half-marathon, you go have a feast. Billy’s Downtown Diner was a must. They are known for their breakfast.
So after I finished my first half marathon, everyone was asking me what I was going to do now. My answer? Obviously go to Wegmans buy all kinds of pumpkin beer, and relax for the rest of the day.