This was my second year running this race, a fun flat course that runs along the boardwalk, and past Lucy the Margate Elephant and back. Last year was a lot of fun, so as soon as registration opened, I signed right up for this year's race!
My weekend started when Eileen came to my house to make the hour long journey to Atlantic City together. We got there super early since it was such a nice day, and we wanted to walk the boards! We went to packet pickup, got our bib and tee, and stowed them in the car before we began our walk! I must say, packet pickup was very organized and efficient!
After a little bit of walking (about a mile) we decided on the Rainforest Cafe for lunch. We didn't want anything too greasy, and they had great sandwiches. There was no wait if you sat near the bar, so we sat in a nice, quiet, secluded corner and enjoyed our lunch!
More walking, then we met up with our friend Colleen, got Gigi's bib, and then did some more walking! Gigi arrived shortly after that, and we headed back to Revel for some photos worth the Island Girls, before bringing our bags up to our room! We had tried checking in at 3, but our room wasn't ready as promised, so we had to stall a bit!
|I really need to work on my posture, my stomach doesn't need any extra help sticking out!|
|view from our room|
We went back to the hotel for cupcakes and bedtime, with a slight detour....
Bedtime, but not without a little drama. Apparently, the men staying next door were celebrating a birthday (and loudly hoping "to get laid") and they were very loud until almost 11, I think. Then they left, and came back in the wee hours and m,are some more noise. UGH!
I woke up about 6 the next morning to a beautiful sunrise!
|6:00 view from our room|
|6:15 view from our room|
|6:30 view from the boardwalk|
|Eileen took this pic, we walked towards the beach for this one!|
We woke Colleen after we got back, Gigi was already up and about. We all got dressed and made our way down to the start. It was nice to start right in front of the hotel, we hung inside until just before the start, since it was a little chiller than we anticipated!
Time for more photo ops!
|Photo by Jeff Littwin, Island Girls Running Club group photo|
|photo by Jeff Littwin|
|blurry Swirlsister photo|
The course is fabulous. Four miles of boardwalk to start, then you head down on to the roadway for the next 3 miles. We passed Lucy at about mile 6. Gigi has the photos, hopefully I will have them to share with you soon. The course support was amazing, plenty of water and gatorade, lots of people cheering. Someone's hubby even took a pic for us in front of Lucy!
Mile 7 was the turnaround. We were maintaining a 13:00 mile average, which left us on track to finish fairly well. The wind was a factor, but not too terrible.
Once we got back on the boardwalk, just after mile 9, the visitors to AC became a factor. They had no problem walking in front of you, which was frustrating! Still plenty of spectators, though, lots of cheering, lots of water and gatorade.
When we hit mile 11, it started to get hot! The wind pretty much stopped, and the sun was beating down. Luckily, they had a double water stop at mile 12, so I drank twice.
We pushed it the last 2 miles as well, running 12 minute miles, to get a finish time of 2:53:01 which is SO not my best, but it is my best this year!
We had a great time, which was my goal, and I am not disappointed at all!
|finish line photo, courtesy of Jeff Littwin|
|Gigi, me, Colleen, photo by Jeff Littwin|
|Me and Jen, from The Final Forty|
|stole this from Gigi, don't know who took it!|
Anyone who finished after about 2 hours got close to nothing. They had some bananas, which I cannot eat. A few oranges. Nope. I am RUNGRY. An orange won't cut it. Everything was gone. I went to the hotel shop and got chocolate milk, though.
|the bling was awesome!|
|Gigi and I after the race|
I need help.
Did you race this weekend? How was your weather?