Runner’s World Recap Part Two- More Pre Race Excitement

 

Well, I thought about posting out of order here and start to write about the races, but both my brain and my computer aren’t cooperating right now so I’m recapping some other pre race events.

Darn computer and iCloud photo stream. I’m not good with computers and when my photos won’t transfer to make writing posts a little easier it really chaps my hide. (If anyone has advice please let me know. I can’t get my photo stream on my computer to update.)

You know what else chaps my hide?

The fact that these guys weren’t even that excited that I was home yesterday morning.

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Look at that. I tried to butter them up by letting them help prepare some creamy dreamy ice cream

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and even whipped out this Trader Joe’s coffee cake to celebrate that I was home.

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Well, the boys were way more excited about the coffee cake than the fact that Mommy was home.

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Understandably so I guess. It was good. So good, in fact, we polished the whole thing off by ourselves in one day. Oopsies.

Yesterday’s workout:

(Not recommended after a weekend full of racing, but just trying to pay the bills.)

Taught a spin class.

Taught Y40X (HITT class), back to abs and a step aerobics class.

I was then in bed at 9:00 pm. Yes, 9:00 pm. Earliest bedtime ever!

Okay, so back to Friday morning, I mentioned before that I missed the shuttle because it was too full and the wonderful David came to rescue me.

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Don’t mind me David, I’ll just take pictures of myself while you’re giving me a ride.

When we got there Bart Yasso took all of us on a little shake out run. It was beautiful. It awesome to not only run with Bart, but to get to run with all the other FitFluential peeps. For your viewing pleasure, here’s a little photo dump of our run.

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Um, and yes, I do realize I have a problem taking too many pictures of myself. I try to stop, I just can’t. I’m sorry.

 

After our run we had some breakfast and coffee and got word that we were all getting Free Motion item of choice.

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Yes, we got to change into dry clothes and we were getting some really cute stuff. It was like Christmas friends.

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I copied all the cool bloggers and got the same jacket most of them got.

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Then we listened to some really cool presentations about iCON and all the amazing new equipment they’ve got coming out.

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They’re big into home fitness and have some amazing treadmills. So yeah, I’m convinced I need one of their new ProForm treadmill.

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Yep. NEED. If I can just figure out how to explain that to STUFT Daddy. Hmmm…..

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We also learned about the iFit application that you can have on your iPhone that uses GPS and Google maps. Basically with this new app. you can convert your workout to any piece of their exercise equipment. 

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They’ve developed it so you can store all your information into the iFit cloud and send your workout or route to anyone or any machine. So stinking awesome.  You can even have a virtual competition with people.

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Maybe Santa will bring me a little big something special this year in the form of a new treadmill. Ha ha.

 

We also learned a little more about the Altra Zero Drop shoes and how they came about.

The name “Altra” comes from “altering” regular running shoes while focusing on “ultra” marathon runners. They wanted a shoe that runners could wear for long distances without hurting their feet.

We all get a pair of these awesome shoes (I got The Superior trail running shoes)

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and heard a really great presentation on the shoe and on running form from the CEO, Golden.

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There was so much useful running information in that presentation though that I need to save it for a different post. You all want to know about the insider tips, right?

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After our morning we all had a little meet and greet with Olympian, Shalane Flanagan.

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It was so fun getting to just ask her anything. She did say that she likes dark chocolate. My kind of girl. She also said that her normal mileage when training is 120 miles a week and she’s currently only running about 90. I think she referred to that as a “cake walk”.

Yeah, me too. Ha.

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Elizabeth a I with our new little cards form our best friend Shalane.

We also sat through a presentation with some Runner’s World editors: Special Projects Editor, Jennifer Van Allen, and the Senior Multimedia Editor, Meghan G. Loftusthe.

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Oh man we learned a lot.

After a very informative and fun filled morning we headed back for a little lunch and to get ready to visit the expo.

I captured the man, David Tratner, for a quick picture before he left us.

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I’m fairly certain he’s happy he hasn’t had to hear from me for a couple days as I was a little high maintenance at times during the weekend. He he.

Here’s some quick expo highlights before I go.

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We got some amazing hook ups from some of the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival  Sponsors. We each got a card from Running Skirts to get a free skirt.

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They have the cutest clothes and their store is local in California.

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I picked out this Snow Leopard Running Skirt.

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Then we had to meet up with the authors of this fine book, Big Book of Marathon and Half- Marathon Training.

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Oh and yeah, I got to take my fabulous picture for the cover of the magazine.

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Unfortunately, it came out like this.

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That darn arrow. Ha ha.

We also got to visit The Stick booth and pick out our very own Stick.

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Michele and I got a quick little lesson in how to use it.

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As someone who has yet to ever even try foam rolling, etc. I’m really excited to have one of these. I got The Sprinter Stick.

 

Michele and I headed out after that.

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I already told you how our brilliant dinners plans turned out

and when I said I went the lobby in my pajamas to pick up our food, that was not a lie.

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Nice.

Well friends, that’s about it for the pre race excitement. A lot of stuff, huh?

Man, thanks for reading all this. I guess I’m making up for my short posts last week.

 

Next up I have the race recaps.

Weee……..

I’m so excited about those!

 

Have a wonderful day!

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Comments

  1. 1

    120 miles a week??? My legs just twitched reading that. Love all the pictures!

  2. 2

    What fun! You’re too cute running in that little hoodie!

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    Oh wow – look at all that shwag!! I love that argyle running skirt, I haven’t seen that one before. And I’m intrigued by the Altra Drop Zero shoes – you may remember I’m not a fan on minimalist shoes. I can’t believe you met (and then ran with) Shalane!

  4. 4

    I know you didn’t just go for the freebies ;) but wow, that’s a whole lot of great stuff! Loved the running pics, even the miserable weather can’t stop your smile! Sounds like a really fun weekend, so sad I had to miss it!

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    Brandie says:

    Goodness gracious, how cool!?!? I am loving reading all about the weekend!

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    Sasha says:

    Sounds like a perfect weekend for you – with running friends, famous runners and all kinds of free stuff! Such a great opportunity and so happy you were part of it.

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    Very cool! So much awesomeness. I can’t believe you got to meet and RUN with Shalane!

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    Lisa says:

    I can’t ever imagine running that many miles in a week. My legs may fall off. I’m happy you had such a fun time, but are back with the boys! And you are too cute in your PJ’s:)

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    Sounds like an incredible trip! You got some amazing stuff too! I want to know more about those shoes!

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    I’m SO jealous of all your swag!!

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    This sounds like you had an amaaazing time! Love the running pictures haha.

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    Kathy says:

    I am SO..SO…Jealous of all your swag…excuse me…FREE SWAG!! (Yea…you earned it though ;-)

    I am so like you when I am away from the family and kids….I miss them and figure they are counting the minutes until I get home….then once home (and after a quick hug/talk/or “missed ya”) they totally leave me hanging and its like I was never gone. Which makes me want to turn around a go again! ha!

    Love all the pictures.

  13. 13

    love the teal and pink together in that jacket! and seriously 90 miles a week is a cakewalk? ha!

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    elizabeth says:

    i just love you :) so glad we met. and seriously, how in the HELL did you do that workout after a marathon 2 weeks ago and then the hat trick. you might be superwoman.

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    Michele @ NYC Running Mama says:

    Man, you take such good pictures!! Seriously, I need to take a few lessons from you…your recap is awesome :)

    Can we rewind one week and do it all again?!? I miss you!!!

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    lindsay says:

    you are super cool to me. and so are your kiddos. and that jacket. yea for 9pm bed times. HOOORAY!

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    Samantha says:

    How can you not laugh and laugh about that magazine cover. That is funny stuff. That is totally something that would happen to me. I am kind of excited about all the geek out information you guys got and the free gear. Very fun! And I know I am guilty of staying in the tried and true rut sometimes when it comes to gear so I love learning about new things…even if I can’t afford them. :)

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    Cecilia says:

    How cool! You are freaking adorable in all of your self portraits. Love the pics of your boys. I have almost 4 year old twin girls.

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    Great recap Kristin! I hope you don’t mind me using some of your fabulous pics! I give you proper credit–you really captured some great ones! And, I hope you get some recovery in there throughout the week!! I heard cinnamon cake is the best form! :)

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