Back to Racing (& Some Fun News!)

by tinareale on September 12, 2012

I love fall for many reasons – the cooler weather, the many family traditions we share during the fall months, the approaching holiday season, the gorgeous scenery, all things pumpkin flavored (yes, I’m one of those girls), and so much more. This year, I’m also super stoked for another reason – to run some fun races!!

I have been anxious to get back in the race atmosphere. The community of runners and the energy to make a run feel so special can’t be beat for me. Last week, I participated in a 10K on Labor Day and it just stoked the fires. I have been daydreaming about more races ever since. Before I get to future race plans, though, I have to recap the 10K. Would you expect any different? Winking smile


This was my first race since the marathon and I haven’t really done much speed work at  ALL since then. In fact, I’ve been focusing on the slow and steady miles to help keep my injuries from bothering me. I would rather play it safe than end up sorry and out of running again, that’s for sure.

Since I have been feeling very good lately, I decided to actually race the 10K and get an idea of where I’m at to help gauge my current speed for future training and races.

Things started off really well. I ran the first mile in a comfortable feeling 8:40 pace. I felt so fantastic that I ended up picking the pace up just a bit. Over the next couple of miles I held between 8:10-8:20 miles. I went along happily and felt surprised at how comfortable I continued to feel. Then, suddenly, around mile 4.25 of the 10K I went caput. I started out too fast and my body slowed down. I still kept around 9:00 minute miles, didn’t feel any pain, and had a smile on my face as I came to the final stretch.


I finished in 53:20, which is an average 8:32 minute mile, and felt very happy with that time. In fact, I even got second in my age group!  Smile

It was a great kick off and gave me a good starting point from which to base future training and race goals. After all, you better believe I already have some races on my calendar now.

Last week I registered for a half marathon the first weekend of December – the Kiawah Island Half Marathon!

I have always heard such great things about this race – beautiful, great atmosphere, fast course, etc. Plus, Peter and wanted to do another weekend trip together before the end of the year. The race is very close to Charleston, which is where we took our first ever weekend trip together. During a hectic week it sounded very appealing, so we impulsively registered me for the race and booked a hotel for the weekend. We’ll bring back some memories and visit one of our favorite places.

Before that race, though, I have another one on the books. I can hardly even believe I get to do this one and have been thinking about it ever since…


That’s right! I get to go up to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a crew of fellow Fitfluential runners to participate in the Runners World Half Marathon & Festival weekend! Stoked would be an understatement.

Some highlights of the weekend:

  • a 5K, 10K, AND Half Marathon (I’ll be running the half)
  • chances to hear and meet-up with Runner’s World editors (like David Willey and Bart Yasso)
  • an appearance from Olympian Shalane Flanagan
  • meeting up and dining with Runner’s World editors (like Bart Yasso, Dean Karnazes, Kristin Armstrong, and Marc Parent)
  • clinics and seminars on everything from footwear to gear to fueling and more
  • running movies
  • bonding with running buddies
  • gorgeous fall views over the Bethlehem, PA course
  • celebratory post-race party

In sum, it’s going to rock! And I want you to join me!


It’s going to be such a good time and there’s races for all fitness levels. Register for the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival races using the discount code BLOGGER36 to receive 10% off…plus then we get to hang out. Pretty please, say you’ll come!

Let’s bring on the fall races!!!

Your Turn – What things are you looking forward to in the fall? Any races?


1 [email protected] Palate September 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

Brilliant! Glad to see you’ve found your mojo and well done on the 10k race! If I was in the US I’d join you :)

2 Mariella Lombardi September 12, 2012 at 6:43 am

Hi Tina,
dido, if I was in the US I would definitely consider joining you. I love fall too, probably even more than summer sometimes. It’s just so nostalgic, full of colors, and full of holidays and celebrations. A great time to enjoy with family and friends!

3 lindsay September 12, 2012 at 6:47 am

so exciting! wish i could be there! run fast for me!

4 Kate September 12, 2012 at 6:55 am

Congrats on the 10km! And how exciting about signing up for the half. Best of luck!

5 Julie @ Sweetly Balanced September 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

I’m excited for the Rock n Roll series New York 10K in October! I haven’t run a race since my first half marathon back in May so I’m really excited to do this one! I also plan on signing up for a Turkey Trot, nothing beats running a 10K then stuffing your face with turkey and mashed potatoes right? ;)

6 tinareale September 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

there is a Turkey Trot and Tryptophan Half (haha – love that name!) right around the corner from my house on Thanksgiving. I want to do the 5K because it does sound fun to do a run then enjoy the holiday.

7 Steph September 12, 2012 at 7:13 am

yay! congrats on your awesome run! I’ll be at Kiawah this December, too, running the half-marathon! I’m pretty excited for it!

8 tinareale September 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

Awesome! We’ll hopefully get a chance to meet at the race. :)

9 Amy Lauren September 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

I live in Charleston and have thought about doing the Kiawah half but haven’t registered… we’ll see how things go over the next few weeks and if I decide to do it, but it’s a great race from what I’ve heard. I have a lot of friends doing it.

Congrats on your finish in the 10K! I’m glad you felt good the whole time, that really means a lot, and it seems like the running bug has bitten again!

10 tinareale September 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

Be sure to let me know if you decide to do it. Would love to meet at the race!

11 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona September 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

The Running World race looks like it would be gorgeous with all the leaves changing color.
Have fun with your races!

12 Ali September 12, 2012 at 9:46 am

Good luck!! You will do awesome! Have fun with the FF crew ;) .

13 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions September 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

Bahhhh I’m so jealous you get to do the RW Half! I’ve got another race scheduled that day (and there’s no way I could get myself out to PA anyway), but that sounds like SUCH a cool opportunity. Lucky you!

14 Shannyn September 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I saw your tweet about this and was instantly excited. If I could find a way out there (money wise) I’d be running in a heartbeat! I already signed up for 2 half marathons in 2013 and a few 5ks in 2012, but most of them are local since I’m on a budget. This sounds like an amazing opportunity and I wish I could be there… I need a half-marathon piggy bank!

15 tinareale September 13, 2012 at 7:33 am

What’s so funny is that I do have a race piggy bank of sorts (it’s kind of a travel/race bank).

16 [email protected] September 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

That is SO cool that you get to run it!! Wahoo!

And nice work on the 10K :)

17 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian September 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

That’s so cool!! When I saw the Runner’s World issue all about the race I got super excited. Too bad it’s too soon after my half at the beginning of the month. You’ll rock it, Tina!

18 Kim @ I Hope I Don't Get Lost September 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I live in Bethlehem and was so excited when Runner’s World announced the Running Festival. I’m signed up for the Hat Trick (all 3 races) because I’m training for the Philadelphia Marathon in November. On top of those, I’m doing the Ragnar Relay Pennsylvania the beginning of October and the Trenton Half Marathon (in New Jersey) the week before Philly. It’s a busy fall for me! If you need any tips for food or places to visit while in Bethlehem let me know.

19 tinareale September 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

Awesome! Maybe we’ll get the chance to meet. :) And I’ll be there with a group through FitFluential, so not sure what our plans are but I’m all ears for things to see and do.

20 purelytwins September 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

yay for a great run! and for the new races! we saw that runners world race and wanted to do it, but it conflicted with our schedules :( maybe next year!

21 Carol @ Lucky Zucca September 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

How fun! I love, love, love hearing about races people are signed up for and all of these sound fantastic! I wish I could do the RW half but I can’t get up to PA for it. Enjoy all of these races Tina! Can’t wait to see your recaps :)

22 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed September 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Ok, I’m going to live vicariously through you.

23 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life September 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

So exciting! Kick butt in all your races!

24 [email protected] September 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

well done sister!

25 Pavement Runner September 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

BOOM. excellent pace… thanks for the code, and cant wait to read all about your SUCCESS in PA.

26 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast September 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Argh! I cannot tell you how badly I want to be there– and it’s only a few hours from where my parents live! But it’s a flight for me, and I’m already flying up to Baltimore next week for Fitbloggin so I think I’m going to have to sit this one out. :( SO bummed to miss it… I really hope to go next year!
And congrats on your race, by the way! I’m at the same place as you- ramping miles back up, doing my best to stay injury free, and so excited to be racing more again. I just signed up for a ten miler in October, yay!!

27 tinareale September 13, 2012 at 7:36 am

It feels so good to be back, doesn’t it? But still so scary in a way too. I keep worrying that something is going to act up again. I guess that’s good because it makes me cautious and keeps me on top of things like stretching. ;)

28 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm

So glad your race went well! Yay!

I wish I could make it to the RW race. But I just couldn’t budget it in. You are going to have so much fun! Enjoy!

29 Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl September 13, 2012 at 12:51 am

Recently, I have been feeling the need to take a trip to the grocery store to hoard all the cans of pumpkin. ;)

and lucky to get to do the Runner’s world race. i so wanted to do it because it will be autumn, but I was just not in that type of running condition (yet). will plan for next time. ;)

BTW, nice job on your pace!

30 Miz September 13, 2012 at 5:23 am

I may try and get to Pa to watch—Im from there…

31 tinareale September 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

I would so love that if you could because I want to hang out in person! I know we had a brief hello at Fitbloggin last year, but since getting to know you more over the past year I want more Carla time!

32 Jess September 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

I somehow missed this post! I LOVE this — you are going to rock both of these races…I’m particularly jealous of the Runner’s World race, how cool are you?? YAY for comeback races :)

33 Michele @ Nycrunningmama September 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

Congrats on a GREAT race this weekend!!!! So glad to hear that you have your mojo back…
AND, more importantly, YAYYYYYY for the RW half festival! I am SO SO SO SO excited to finally meet you in person – it is going to be an amazing weekend!

34 Bek @ Crave September 15, 2012 at 2:25 am

You’re such a great runner! I am pretty crappy at running and the problem is I don’t enjoy it all that much- except for when I’m running races haha! But in order to get better I should train, bit hard when you don’t love it haha

35 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut September 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Um I would join you just for that awesome image(for the life of me I can’t think of the correct word for a picture you make for blogging and things…maybe it’s bedtime lol) at the bottom of this post!! But my sister’s baby shower is that weekend and I kinda sorta have to be there. Have fun though!! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! :)

What is that word?? Image..picture…

36 Leonor @FoodFaithFitness September 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

Great time on the 10k! I am excited for this upcoming season of races!

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