Okay, I promise I won’t talk about the Runner’s World Half Marathon ALL week, but there’s still some things that just need sharing. It might just be a two post per day kind of a week since I have some serious goods to give away too. Speaking of, have you entered the Love Grown Foods giveaway yet? Enter here.
I still can’t stop smiling from this past weekend. The thing about it is that events like this aren’t just about the races and the performance, it’s about the community and the people. There were just so many amazing people there. Old friends, new friends, people I met last year or at other events, blog readers, etc.
The running community is amazing. I never want to leave. Even if I’m the slowest or oldest one out there, I’m in it for good.
They are just so welcoming to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are. If you’re running 1 mile or 20, if you’ve done 30 races or none, runners are just some cool people to be around.
It was so great catching up with friends that I’d made at other races or through the bloggy world.
Here’s just a few more besides all the friends I met up with at the actual races.
Mr. David Tratner. The man behind the scenes creating these amazing events and experiences for all of us.
By the way, he was injured and hi foot was killing him and he flew past me around mile 8 in the half marathon. Never saw him again. Ha ha.
The #runchat guys who I’ve heard so much about, but never actually met.
Jen Van Allan, who has helped me so much with the Runner’s World Challenge and my training plan. She knows her stuff and has given me such great advice both in running and life. She pretty much takes care of everyone who does the challenge program though, so I’m sure I’m nothing special.
I was so looking forward to chatting with her in person since I pretty much bother her every day one way or another. She’ll be at the MCM marathon next weekend too.
You know what’s really fun? Meeting people you’ve bet through the blog, but never met in person. Races are the best place for that.
I met Marcia
and Beth at the expo.
It was fun tagging along with other running bloggers at the expo too.
So, some other expo highlights because I get overly excited about race expos. I know, it’s a problem.
Pro Compression was there with a brand new sock I hadn’t seen yet.
Obviously, belVita was there with their biscuits.
Um, and I really must confess, I ate a few too many biscuits trying to make some room in my bags for the trip back. Oopsies. Sorry Mom.
Larabar was there too. Their new bars they have out are darn delicious. Have you tried them?
The pumpkin pie might be my favorite.
Wild Planet Foods has the best canned tuna (in my opinion) so I was pretty darn excited to find them there again this year.
I have yet to try the sardines. Not sure if I’m ready for that.
I’ll just stick with what I love even though the nice Sue really tried to get me to do the sardine thing.
Maybe someday. He he.
Also at the expo was the most fabulous treadmill I’ve ever seen in my life. They had just come out with this treadmill last year at this event. It wasn’t available to buy yet, but it’s been on my wish list since.
Look at Skinny Runner Sarah hard at work. That’s what we do.
Anyhoo… a few quick things about this treadmill. First of all, Janae won one of these beauties. I’m so happy for her. She has one of these IN HER HOUSE. I can’t imagine.
After the presentation I had to go visit the treadmill a little more. I needed to really try it out since it will soon be home with me. (Ha ha. Keep dreaming, right?)
Chase who gave us the presentation was nice enough to take some extra time with me to talk treadmill and show me all the features.
I had to get on that thing for myself.
Among all the cool features, one of my favorites is the speed ring.
Yeah, you can control the speed with a ring. How awesome is that?
The treadmill also has a touch screen
and is already preprogrammed with not only the Boston Marathon course, but pretty much a ton of other courses all over the world. If Google Maps is there, it’s on the treadmill.
Yep, with the iFit technology you can run anywhere in the world.
You can also personalize all your workouts.
Hey, there’s Jillian. (Anyone watching The Biggest Loser tonight?)
Other things that make this treadmill just plain awesome are:
- 20% incline and decline of 6%
- HD video workouts
- touch screen display
- compatible with home wireless network
- cadence and impact control
- so much crazy technological stuff I just can’t handle it
Enough about my dream treadmill.
Someday we will be reunited again.
Until then a girl can dream.
Oh wait, one more thing, the JUST announced that iFit will be partnering with Runner’s World with some custom training plans. That’s pretty darn cool.
I don’t know all the details, I just know that we were the first to find out about it and that it’s a pretty big deal.
Okay, I better get a move on.
Oh, I almost forgot, I also met this guy a few times on my countless walks from the hotel to the festival activities.
He never really said anything, but that didn’t stop me from taking a picture with him.
Have a good one.
Favorite part about race expos? (Mine- food samples.)
Is there a particular piece of fitness equipment that you dream about having? (Mine- the Boston Treadmill.)
Are you watching The Biggest Loser tonight? (Me- I doubt it. I can barely keep my eyes open at the moment. I’ll be lucky if I can hold my head up at the dinner table. Ha.)