One thing that is consistent, whether I live in Pennsylvania or Florida, is that I will be a runner. While I might not always like the actual act of running, I like the benefits running gives me.
It is good for me physically. Yes, even with a beatup body. By running wisely and giving myself walking breaks, I have better range of motion and less pain now than my doctors or I ever thought I would post-accident. And running burns calories, which I need because I like food, wine and chocolate. (just typing that makes me want to go to the kitchen)
It is also good for me emotionally. It balances me and is the best stress reducer I know. And it’s a great mood-lifter, if you don’t believe me, ask Jerry about my moods when I haven’t run for a few days. (on second thought, don’t ask him)
Another great thing about being a runner is the way it allows me to closely experience an area. With my recent move to Florida, whether running on roads, trails or the beach, it has been a great way to explore my neighborhood. I can say hi to my neighbors. I can sneak up for a close look at a blue heron. I can feel the ocean breeze encouraging me along.
Another benefit of running is the people… there’s no community of people I’d rather connect with than runners. Good, kind, gracious people. Which is one reason I like to do organized running events/races.
Side note: While running events might be races to others, for me they are not, because I don’t race. I don’t race against others and I don’t race against myself. I do events because having a goal on my calendar helps me run consistently and I like what running consistently does for me. (see above paragraphs)
So naturally when a top-class magazine like Runner’s World puts on a running event, it grabs my attention. Last October, I had a great experience at the inaugural Runner’s World Half and Festival in October, 2012.
It’s a weekend of running, but it’s so much more than that… it’s a weekend of fun, festivities, seminars, meeting people and more.
And then, of course, there was running…
As you’ll see from the pics above and below, it was perfect running weather… with slightly cool temps at the beginning, but while running, I warmed up and peeled off one shirt.
So I’m excited to be going to the RW Half again this year, plus it means a visit back to PA to see family and friends! There’s actually three race distances, so most people can find a distance that works for them. (I think you should join me there!)
A 5k and 10k on Saturday
And the Half on Sunday.
Or do all three, known as the hat trick. (which is what I’m doing!)
There’s fun, food and festivities. (Join me) There’s seminars with world-class runners and top experts in the field. And the runners range from Olympic athletes to many who will be doing their first event. (Join me!)
And since Runner’s World asked me to part of a blogging team for them (hip, hip, hooray!)
I have discount codes for you! And discount codes are always a good thing!
Did I mention that you should join me there?
Head over to RW Half and sign up using my codes (in the pic above) to get your discount.
And if you’re at the RW Half and Festival, I’d love to meet you sometime that weekend (whether or not you register with my codes) I’ll be the one with an annoying beeper that keeps track of my run/walk intervals… and I’ll also be the one with the funky leg. Or connect with me before below, on Facebook or on Twitter and we can arrange a meeting time/place.
So what are you waiting for?
Run over to RW Half and sign up.
And for a discount, use my codes.