After a quick photo of the goodies, we headed off to a bar around the corner for a quick drink and meet and greet.
Before you knew it, we were meeting in the lobby and loading up in the van heading toward Runner's World Headquarters for dinner, s'mores, a tour and our Altra fitting.
Dinner was from the Runners World Cookbook Meals on the Run. It was so yummy I wanted to go back for 2nds and 3rds but I restrained myself. Trust me. That was hard!
Shortly after that we were greeted by the Altra team and fitted with our new shoes! I was given the Torins. I am seriously in love with this shoe!
Personal fittings from Golden Harper - the man behind Altra! Talk about first class treatment! He explained how a shoe really needs to fit.
Not snug. You need at about a thumbs width. He even said "if it feels too big, then they are the right fit".
|from the Altra instagram page|
Most people wear the wrong size and you really need to wear the correct size and be good to your feet! And I may have "accidentally" bought another pair of Altras. You know how that goes...
Then we headed outside for a little dessert around the fire pit with s'mores.
S'mores are always a favorite of mine! Makes me think of summer.... boy do I miss summer. Can it come back please?
S'mores at Runner's World...with new Altras. Yes!
and even better? S'mores with Deena Kastor! Heck yes!
Oops.... me sneaking in a selfie with Deena in the background. Can you tell I was starstruck?
Amby Burfoot told us about his new book The First Ladies of Running. I cannot wait to read this one! (you can pre-order on Amazon right now!)
|the bike room!|
Next up was the tour lead by Bart Yasso, himself!
|the meditation room in the center of Runner's World HQ|
Getting to see the behind-the-scenes of your favorite running magazine ever is something rather special.
Bart showed us some rather cool wood carvings.
Desk top treadmill anyone? Bart doesn't use it himself... but I could see myself loving this set up!
Flat Bartie anyone? I think my classroom needs one of these! Don't you agree?
Bart's office was packed with trophies, bib numbers, race photos. It was inspiring to say the least.
And of course, a selfie with Bart outside his office!
and I couldn't leave out a selfie with Jeremy from Altra!
As you can tell - I was beyond excited on day 1! Even as I type this, I'm still thinking "how in the world did I get so lucky to have this opportunity?" Stay tuned for the race recaps!