My friend Eileen came over on Saturday morning and we headed into Atlantic City for the expo. I was signed up to work at the booth for the Trenton Half Marathon, and we wanted to get there as soon as possible!
We parked at Revel (we were staying there, the host hotel was Caesars but we prefer Revel!) We walked the 2 miles to the Convention Center before realizing that when they said Convention Hall, they meant Caesar's Hall. Duh! Back a half mile to the proper location, and we finally made it!
We introduced ourselves to Kevin from the Trenton Half, and his girlfriend. She handed us a note left for me by the Nerd Herd. I was so bummed that I had missed them! They did take a pic and post it on Facebook for me to see:
Once Kevin realized I had a friend with me, he and his girlfriend left for lunch. For almost 3 hours. We met a lot of interesting people, handed out a lot of coupon codes for the race, in those hours. We also got very very hungry, since we hadn't had lunch yet! He arrived back at the booth at almost 3:00, and said we could take a lunch.
|working the booth!|
Not so much.
No one had cupcakes. After touring the entire hotel, we decide to head out to Trop for dinner at Carmine's. The wind and rain was out of contra by now, so we had to drive. Bummer! The walk is so much better, you can walk off a little of the dinner and people watch at the same time!
We got there without any huge disasters, other than some crazy Hyundai with tinted windows that seemed to cut us off at every turn in the garage, while we tried to find a space. We survived, though, and left our name at the front desk. I asked them to confirm my last name when they called us. Last time, some one stole our table! When my name was called, they claimed the table and we waited over 40 minutes before finally checking in, and discovering the error.
The hostess sent us to the bar to wait and after about 15 minutes, the bar tender kicked us out! Huh! we were told to sit there! UGH. Just as we made our way to the hostess desk, my name was called. Perfect.
Instead of confirming my last name, though, he showed it to Eileen and asked her how to pronounce it. Ummmm, nice. Anyone could have faked it, and taken our table. Fail!
Our meal was fabulous however, and our waiter was perfection. No long waits, no snafus. Just perfectly delicious food!
We laughed about her behavior all the way to the car, and headed for the booth to pay for parking. There was a Cadillac ahead of us, and it wasn't moving. After a few minutes, the attendant waved us back. Huh? Was the dude refusing to pay? As soon as we backed up, Caddy man started to cut his wheel to back up and crashed into a yellow post on his right. Yikes. Time to move over to another booth. As we do, he starts to come right towards us. I seriously thought he would hit us. I practically threw money at the new attendant, trying to get out of there! Crazy! The Trop just scares me!
Whew! back at Revel, ready for bed, so we can race in the morning!
We both woke up early, nervous about the crazy wind that was whistling all around the building. It was dry, at least, and we had a fabulous early morning view of the city!
|someone's pizza mess|
|this thing changed colors, no idea what it is.|
We got to the start with about 30 minutes to spare, checked our bags, and waited for the start. There are no corrals, so we lined up with the 10 minute milers, and got ready.
It started right on time, but the course was all wrong! I assumed it would be similar to the April race, but it started in the other direction. Oh no! We ran off the boardwalk right away and into the streets of AC. I lost Eileen right away. She is speedier than I am. I had no tunes, because I knew the wind would blow my earbud cord around and annoy me. After a couple miles I saw it. The first hill. UGH! I was not prepared for hills. This one was a ramp onto the highway. As you reached the top, you could see the next ramp you would be running on. After the first hill, though, was a tunnel. It was wind free, fun to run through, and wrecked my gps for the rest of the race. It was only about 1/10th of a mile, maybe a bit more, just enough to annoy me. I kept up a pretty steady 11:30 pace in the beginning, but the wind really started to get the best of me. Every time it blew, I would end up 3 steps to the side, and I actually kicked myself about 5 times.
The wind could also be your friend at times, like as we turned to go up onto the boardwalk, and it blew at our backs. This did not happen often, however! Once on the boardwalk, the wind was not bad for awhile. I approached the finish at mile 9, and got to see Eileen's friend finish in under 2 hours! WOW!
This is where things got messy. There were runners coming and going, with no defined lanes, for the last 4 miles. Awkward! Around mile 10, the first *marathoner* passed me in the other direction. You read that correctly, the man who won passed me at around the 2 hour mark. Insane! Twice the distance in less time. Crazy!
I saw Eileen at around mile 11 I think, and we cheered for each other. Then the wind started agin, only now it brought sand with it. It was in my ears, eyes, and mouth. Yuck. At about mile 11.5 was the turnaround. SO happy!
The last 2 miles were the happiest, knowing that I was almost done. They were also the slowest. No real pain, finally, but my legs were so *tired* from fighting the wind.
SO many people were cheering for us, it made me fight a little harder. Every time the wind blew, they would cheer louder.
During the last mile, the second marathoner finished, and about 15 minutes after I finished, the first female marathoner came through. Amazing!
|the medal has a bottle opener and the lighthouse light blinks red|
It was exhausting! I am so glad that it is over! I have Runners World this weekend, and I hope it didn't wear me out too badly! Eileen was amazing, and finished 20 minutes ahead of me! She's a beast!
We went back to our room and changed for the short ride back home. I stopped to get a bottle of chocolate milk. I am lactose intolerant, but I can drink one after a race like this without the pain, so I always try to take advantage!
|it's the little things in life, for real!|
|#11 done, 2 more to go!|
What did you do this weekend to keep your body moving?