We all piled into my Jeep and drove down Saturday afternoon, ready for a nice girls' weekend!
Had to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for the Half Marathon after all! Eileen did get one good shot of the ball on top of Revel, though:
Eileen and I got up early and got some great sunrise shots from our room!
Time to head down to the race, once we woke up sleepy headed Colleen! We took a few shots beforehand, some with fellow Half Fanatics, and some of the girls!
While we waited for the race to start we even got some more photo ops:
We ran into the wind for the first 6.5 miles! It was nice to run along the boardwalk, I have to admit! Our boardwalk here is still being repaired after Sandy, and AC's boardwalk was in excellent shape. You couldn't see the ocean the whole time, because of the dunes, but it was still amazing! At around mile 5, we exited the boardwalk and ran down the street towards Lucy the Margate Elephant. All my life at the shore, and this was my first up close look. She was looking mighty fine and freshly painted! I am hoping for some race photos with her in the background! Eileen had raced ahead and this was around where we saw her as she doubled back. Colleen was worried about her pace, since she hadn't run since Princess, but we maintained a 12 minute mile throughout. It was perfect!
We looped back and cheered on all the people we passed on our way back. We said hello to Lucy's butt again, and headed back to the boardwalk. It was warming up now, and I was slowly pushing my sleeves down. At mile 10, my phone died, with my music and runtastic along with it! I was devastated, because the cheers were starting, and I was up to 9! At around the same time, the wind started again. What? How can you run into the wind there *and* back? No fair!
At mile 12, the spectators started cheering, and they were very motivating! We picked up the pace and finished strong! Eileen was waiting at the finish, and told us she PRd! SO proud!
We posed for some after pics and got some food! The spread was nice: soft pretzels, Jack n Jill ice cream sandwiches, water, Power Bars, bananas. We posed for more pics, which my friend Gigi, from Running on Candy took for us! She actually found us at the finish! How awesome is that?!?!?
Unfortunately, after that we had to pack up and come home! I guess all good things must come to an end!
Some great things about this race?
I qualified for Half Fanatic Status: Uranus! Woot, I gained another moon! I thought I had one more race to go before I qualified, but I was wrong!
I also got to add one more race to my 13in13! Race #4 in the books!
Did you run this weekend?