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Hey hey, it’s Saturday! I finished up a great run this morning (more about that later), but while I was out running alone the whole TOWN was living it up at the Virginia 10 miler. I had some FOMO issues, but I chose to miss the race for several reasons. Such is life. I had run the Lynchburg Half Marathon a few weeks ago and I’m saving myself for the big event, the Runner’s World Half & Festival Grand Slam! I seriously can’t believe I’ll be running that one in 3 weeks!
Here are just a few of the cool parts of the RW Half & Festival:
- There are seminars at the festival for the running nerd in most of us.
- There’s a 5k trail run, 5k road race, 10k road race AND a half over 3 days.
- Run them all for the Grand Slam and add up to a full marathon! That’s what I’m doing 🙂
- It’s a Runner’s World event, so you KNOW it’s legit!
- There WILL be beer.
- There’s an optional pre-half dinner with RW editors. (I’m going.)
- Running the Grand Slam gets you a half-zip to go with the T-shirt!
I’ll spare you the details of my week in training (it’s on Strava, if you really want to stalk me haha), but let’s just say I’m about ramped up and ready to roll for the Grand Slam. The summer suffering is tough, but we come out of it better than ever. 🙂
Now about this Grand Slam…I’ve never ever done anything like it. 4 runs, 3 days. Here’s how I think it’s gonna go.
Thursday evening I’ll arrive in Hershey, PA and hang out with some friends for the night. I’ll try hard not to eat too much chocolate or drink too much beer.
Friday afternoon at 3:30 will be the first run, a 3.8 mile trail run. Luckily, this one is not a race, so I shouldn’t feel the need to get TOO crazy with it as far as speed goes. It’ll be a nice little intro to a beautiful area. Friday will also be a great day to explore! This isn’t just a race, it’s a FESTIVAL.
Friday night, I’ll hopefully get a good night’s rest and be ready for Saturday’s action packed day. First, it’ll be a 5k at 8:00 and that’ll be followed by a 10k at 9:30. I’m looking forward to both! I’m still not sure how I’ll handle them. I might go hard for the 5k and whatever is leftover is what the 10k gets. I might just be chill all weekend and enjoy the scenery through beautifully refurbished Bethlehem Steel Mill and ArtsQuest SteelStacks campus.
Saturday evening, I’ll be eatin’ sketti with some people that eat, breathe and sleep running. I hope to have some interesting conversation when I’m not stuffing my face with life-giving pasta.
Sunday at 8am will be the big event, the half marathon. We’ll see what I have left in the tank. I’m really thinking I’ll just enjoy the event for a change. I don’t think there’s going to be any chance of a PR, based on the course and maybe because it will be my THIRD RACE IN 24 HOURS. I’ll certainly need a beer after the race.
That about sums it up. I’ll have one action packed weekend, full of all things running. Have any of you run this event before? What can you tell me? Anything I shouldn’t miss?
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