#RWHalf aka #EPIC

by tinareale on October 22, 2012

I don’t even know where to begin to describe this past weekend. If I had only one word to sum it up, I would undoubtedly choose “EPIC”. I don’t use that word lightly and hate how overused it has become. Nevertheless, nothing else will do to grasp just how much I enjoyed this weekend. Runner’s World Magazine prides itself on promoting the community of running and the way it can add joy to life….which they certainly did in this inaugural Runner’s World Half & Festival weekend.

I have loads upon loads to share with you. Consider that your warning. We’ve got a lot to cover this week – yes, it will take all week. If you are a fellow runner, I hope you will “geek out” with me virtually over some of the things I got to do and see this weekend. If you aren’t a runner, I hope you will still read along in appreciation of a community that promotes fitness as something anyone can do and seeks to inspire all. Plus, I got a pretty huge announcement to share with you all too. Like, HUGE huge.

I still have to wrap my mind around so much of this weekend and so many things to sort through to do justice to it all in my posts. I’m still feeling (and probably looking) a little like this right now.

official finish time of 1:52:28 for half marathon #4 at the most insanely cool race I have ever done

Beat, but riding the biggest runner’s high EVER. While I (unfortunately) come down from the epic that was this weekend, you can catch this quick little video with a sneak peak of some of the great things that happened the past 4 days.

#FitFluential bloggers chatting free-style about the #RWHalf weekend


#FitFluential Crew = Lindsay, Kristin, Larisa, Jill, Katherine, Lynda, and myself

What We’re Talking About:

Please come back tomorrow and through the week for more detailed updates. You don’t know how much I missed all of you and want to share everything I learned and all the inspiration I received with you too. Catch you soon! Time to get back to normal, everyday life!

Your Turn – What was the best part of your weekend? Please fill me in on YOU! Smile

Disclaimer: I participated in the Runner’s World Half & Festival courtesy of Runner’s World and FitFluential. All opinions expressed are my own.


1 katie October 22, 2012 at 6:50 am

Congrats on your run girl! I bet it was an awesome experience! How great fitfluential is making these things happen!

Happy Monday! <3

2 molly @ heart, sole & cereal October 22, 2012 at 7:22 am

i’m so excited to read about all the awesome stuff. given that i’ve become sort of a running nerd, i’m looking forward to ALL the posts :) glad it went so well and way to still be smiling at the end of it!

3 Lee October 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

I want to hear the HUGE announcement.

Are we still on for dinner tomorrow?

4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

I can’t wait to hear all about it!!!!

5 Lauren October 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

Awww girl so happy for you! It sounds like this race was unforgettable. Congrats on such an awesome 1/2!!!

6 Becky Przy October 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

So happy to hear you had an awesome weekend. Love the smile on your face at the end of your HM!

Best part of my weekend–shopping all day Saturday w/the ‘girls’ and going on my first run in 3 weeks felt pretty awesome too!

7 tinareale October 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

That does sound awesome! Low key and I bet it felt great to do that run.

8 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean October 22, 2012 at 8:26 am

great race! sounds like an awesome weekend!

9 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

Can’t wait to hear more about your weekend!!

10 Lindsay's List October 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

ditto to what she said!

11 Amy Lauren October 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

Congratulations on your run! That is a great finish time and it seems like you had a great time overall :) . Can’t wait to read more about it.

12 [email protected] October 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

Welcome back to racing!! I can’t wait to read about your experience! :) I had a pretty fun half marathon as well this past Sunday.

13 Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife October 22, 2012 at 8:50 am

awesome job on your half! I’m so happy you had such a great time this weekend! (:

14 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots October 22, 2012 at 9:15 am

congrats on the time!! I am so glad you had such an amazing weekend, can’t wait to hear all of your news!

15 Alex @ therunwithin October 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

I kept hearing so much about the races through twitter and I am so jealous of all the race recaps. can’t wait to read more!

16 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile October 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

Congrats!!! such a great time :D I’m sure it was a blast – can’t wait to read more :D

17 Stacy @ Stacy Eats October 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

Awesome run, girl!! Can’t wait to hear the announcement! And your weekend looks so fun. My aunt and uncle live up in Bethlehem and I’m already thinking I need to go next year.

18 tinareale October 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

You seriously NEED to! It was the best race experience ever…and i think many felt that way (not just us because we were there as bloggers). The editors and all were in the crowds with everyone the whole weekend.

19 Amanda @RunToTheFinish October 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

I was there and still fully intend to geek out when you share it all :)

20 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions October 22, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’m so excited to read all about the weekend! Runnerd-y posts are my favorite :)

21 sabrina October 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

I am so envious right now! I can’t wait to relive your weekend…..all week! I got to spend tons of time with my hubby and 2 wonderful kids over the weekend! It was crazy wonderful! I’m sure your weekend was too!

22 Sabrina @Work It Ms Jackson October 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

What a fantastic time! Can’t wait to hear about it!

23 sarah k @ the pajama chef October 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

congrats on the race! can’t wait to hear more :)

24 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

After reading so much about the Runner’s World experience, I so wish I had applied for it (or driven up anyway!). It sounded amazing!! And I’m a big, huge fan of anything that brings other healthy living gals together :)
CONGRATS on your race- and your time was fantastic!!!

25 Ericka @ The Sweet Life October 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Um can’t wait to runner geek out with you! I’m so jealous of this awesome weekend!

26 Carly D. @ CarlyBananas October 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

It was so great to hang out this weekend – and to experience all the crazy awesomeness. I had to break it up into like 5 posts because I get so excited and ramble.

27 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast October 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Awesome! Epic is a great word for it– these recaps make me wish I had made it work, hopefully next year!

28 Michele @ Nycrunningmama October 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

EPIC is a great word to describe the weekend. Tina – it was SOOO great to finally meet you. You are even sweeter and more awesome in person than I could have anticipated and my only regret is that I couldn’t spend more time chatting with and getting to know you…Look forward to reading the recaps!!! xoxo

29 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I’m glad you had such a great weekend! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

30 tinareale October 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

It was good enough to make not being able to do Chicago SO worth it. That’s how good it was.

31 Caroline October 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Congrats on a great half marathon! It sounds like the whole runners world weekend was fantastic, and may just need to do it next year! Can’t wait to hear all the details:)

32 Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie October 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

So excited for your recaps!! This weekend was seriously amazing!

33 Linz @ Itz Linz October 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

haha all i managed on the blog today was the video too. information overload!! (in a good way) glad you made it home safely! :)

34 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Best part of my weekend was dinner & drinks with new friends in Colorado – it’s starting to feel more normal and I love it!

35 [email protected] October 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Sounds like a freaking good weekend!! :)

36 Pavement Runner October 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

So freakin excited for all of you… looks and sounds like you had an amazing time. Can’t wait to hear and read more about it from all of you.

37 purelymichelle October 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm

so happy to hear you and the rest of the fitfluential family had a wonderful time and race!!
loved the video

38 Jess October 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

ahhh!! I can’t wait to hear MORE MORE MORE!!

39 Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings October 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Tina I ran my half in 1:52:29 on Sunday! Good job! Excited to hear more about yours :)

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