Mizuno Marathon Mezamashii Week that it.
Oh man, not sure if I’m quite ready for it, but I’m here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the Runner’s World Half and Festival, so ready or not the whirlwind of racing begins.
I’m just not a good traveler. Really.
I wait and pack at the last minute and am very indecisive about what I bring. I contemplate different outfits for awhile and then end up just throwing in a bunch of random stuff. Lovely.
When I got to the airport earlier today I couldn’t even remember what was in these bags.
All I knew is that I piled in as much as possible that would be allowed as a carry on since last year at this race my luggage didn’t quite make it back with me.
I was proud that my toenails were finally painted though and that I managed to fit in some traveling snacks for the plane.
Turkey, jicama, spinach and an apple. Not sure how the guy sitting next to me felt about it, but hey, healthy snacking is important.
So, yeah, it was about here when I realized wearing flip flops may not have been the best idea.
I also bought my first ever overpriced McCafe coffee.
Wasn’t impressed. There is however a Dunkin Donuts a block away from my hotel and rumor has it that they have really great coffee. Might have to hit that place up.
I made it to Allentown just in time to get a shuttle to the hotel, try (key word is “try”) to look presentable and then get a taxi to the BBQ they were having for the staff, editors and bloggers at the Runner’s World headquarters.
The BBQ was very similar to the one we had last year. Only this year they have a brand new group of 20 running bloggers.
I got to the party late, just in time to tag along on part of the tour through the offices led by Bart Yasso and David Wiley. I caught the part where they talked about how specific content for certain months of the year is always the same. Did you know October is always the special nutrition issue?
I never knew that.
Oh hey, nothing to see here. Just excited to kind of be part of the group.
I found the food pretty quickly and noticed they even had s’mores for everyone just like last year.
I also got to give Janae the biggest hug ever. Love that girl. No picture, but I’m sure there will be many more from the weekend.
And I finally got to meet Tina.
She is just as sweet in person as she is on her blog by the way.
I’m not really part of the cool blogger group this year, but Runner’s World was kind enough to let me tag along. I’m just here to, well, you know, crash the party, run, hang with my big time blogging friends, catch up with all my Runner’s World buddies and do a little racing. A HUGE thank you to Mizuno by the way for getting me all the way out here.
Okay, well, it’s a little late and we have an early morning wake up call for a little shake out run with Bart and the group, so time for some shut eye.
Darn it. I already miss my men.
They’re in good hands with Daddy this weekend and they got a timely delivery from Chobani yesterday, so I’m sure they could care less that Mama is gone. Sometimes all they need is their cups and tubes.
Let the real fun begin bright and early tomorrow.
Have you ever had Dunkin Donuts coffee? Is it really that good?
Do you read Runner’s World?
Are you a “fit as much as you can in a carry on” or a “check the bag” kind of a traveler?