My goals for the Runner’s World races this weekend

Next weekend is the Runner’s World Festival already! That snuck up on me fast.

I got to participate in this awesome weekend two years ago, along with many of my running blogger friends.  That year, I did the Grand Slam- all four races in three days, which was a blast.

This year, my focus in on prep for the Richmond marathon, so I signed up for the Grand Slam but have changed my mind.  Here’s the plan:

  • Friday afternoon trail run (plus we do an early morning easy run with Ryan Hall, Suzanne Allair and Altra staff on our way to breakfast with Ryan and Sara Hall!)
  • Saturday will be my 20-21 miler, using the 5k and 10k as marathon pace portions

To be more realistic, the 5k will likely be closer to LT or half marathon pace and the 10k at marathon pace.  So I’ll warm up with 2-3 miles, run the 5k at threshold, run 5-6 easy, the 10k at marathon pace and 5 or so remaining miles to hit my 20 miler.

I’m heading home Saturday night after dinner with the Runner’s World editors.  I would love to do the half marathon but it’s a busy weekend for us and I need to take over kid duty on Sunday.  I think the mixed pace 20 miler will be fun! And a nice distraction from my normal routes.

Our blogger group will meet in Bethlehem Thursday night for dinner with the Runner’s World staff, and then have seminars both Friday and Saturday plus other fun meetings in between- I’m getting excited!!

Have you done any of the RW Festival races, or will you be there this weekend?

Have you ever used a race as part of a long run?

I’m linking up with  SuzRachelLora, and Debbie for Running Coaches Corner, and NicoleAnnmarieMichelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday and PattyErika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run.


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