I’ve been dying to tell you about the results from this past weekend, so today’s the day. (Sidenote: If you missed the vlog from yesterday, be sure to check it out here!) This past weekend, I ran a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon during the Runner’s World Half & Festival. Running all three races is called the “hat trick,” and the hat trick is what I did.
My legs felt fresh and ready before each race despite having run the Nike half marathon in San Francisco the weekend before. I’m pretty sure it was the energy of the weekend and being involved with Runner’s World that gave me a runner’s high before the races even began.
Let’s recap the races one by one, shall we? The 5K started at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning and Runner’s World describes the course as follows, “The 5K course takes in Bethlehem’s eclectic South Side, packed with cool eateries, coffee shops, and music houses. This race has a fast start, one significant hill, and a dramatic finish under a flaming arch in former Bethlehem Steel complex.” (source)
After the first race, I clearly had to do my trademark pose.
- Official Time: 25:26
- Total # of Runners: 832
- My Place: 453
I had about an hour before the 10K began, so I ate a banana, drank a little water, and hung out with the other FitFluential Ambassadors.
The 10K started at 9:30 a.m. with the description of, “The 10K course shows off much of Bethlehem’s history over its 6.2 miles. The route follows the 5K route past Lehigh University. It then runs across the Fahy Bridge into Bethlehem’s north side, past the town’s original 1741 Moravian settlement, along the Main Street shopping district, and through leafy, historic neighborhoods, before finishing in the former Bethlehem Steel complex.” (source)
Two thumbs up for a strong second race!
- Official Time: 52:46
- Total # of Runners: 1,705
- My Place: 494
After the two races, not only was I rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing I ran well and fast (for me!), I also was rewarded with a hug from Dean Karnazes!
Yeah, that’s right – we’re best buds! Ok maybe not, but it was fun to pretend. For the 5K and 10K, I was outfitted by Oakley thanks to Amanda. The gear was part of their Perform Beautifully Campaign and I sported the moving base layer pants, short sleeve continuity, and long sleeve continuity half zip. I loved it all!
I was a bit apprehensive about wearing new clothes to race, but Amanda assured me she loves all things Oakley and I wouldn’t have a problem. She was right. The temperature was in the 50’s and then warmed up to the 60’s. The gear was light and breezy, but kept me warm in the chilly winds. Plus, itz cute, so I’ll definitely be wearing it again. Thanks, Oakley!
Alright, now let’s get to the half marathon. The half was Sunday morning with a start time of 8:30 a.m. Description: “This challenging 13.1-mile course winds through Bethlehem’s historic neighborhoods (running past some of the town’s original 1741 settlements), two college campuses (Lehigh University and Moravian College), and the former Bethlehem Steel Complex, where the backbone of the nation was literally forged.” (source)
I PR-ed!!!! (Again!!) By about 6 minutes, too!! I still cannot believe it!
Half Marathon Results:
- Official Time: 1:50:29 <– Oh yeah!!!
- Total # of Runners: 2,966
- My Place: 796
I thought my legs would be more tired starting out because of the 5K and 10K from the day before, but they weren’t! I think I was so hyped up about the whole weekend that I was ready to go. The course was challenging and pretty hilly, but it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was ideal and the leaves were every shade of fall.
The first eight miles were the hilliest, and then we were told the rest of the course included no hills. That was almost true. There was a big one near mile ten. I struggled a bit, but then realized I had a chance of PR-ing so I got amped up all over again.
For the half marathon, I wore a newly purchased half zip top from Free Motion. It was comfortable, kept me warm when needed, and cool when I was sweating. And there were thumb holes which I love and a snazzy orange color. I also wore my Yurbuds which stayed put the whole entire race (again), Sweaty Band headband, and my new SwiftWick socks. I’m still loving my Brooks PureFlow shoes and my feet are happy, too.
Hat Trick Results:
- Official Score: 3:08:39
- Total # of Runners: 623
- My Place: 215
Thank you to Runner’s World and FitFluential for bringing me this epic weekend and for helping me achieve goals I never thought possible. I am grateful for all of the people I’ve met and experiences I’ve lived this past weekend.
And a thank you also goes to my loving, supportive husband, Jonny.
Happy anniversary, Jonny. Two years in and a million more ahead. I love you.
Have you ever completed a hat trick?