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Race Recap and Other Fun Things

Half marathon time

What an amazing weekend! The April Fools half lived up to all of my memories and expectations and I was able to come home with a new PR by 2 minutes. The day started super early, as usual, with a sleepy fun car ride with Tara, Dawn and Kim. We all have our own pre race checklist and they are all so different. Coffee, oatmeal, pb&j sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, Ucann. I guess it goes to show that you just have to know what works for you because we all ended up having a great race.

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We met up with the rest of the girls and enjoyed the pre race craziness. It was a beautiful day! I love being part of a running club/community. We are so lucky to get to share something that we all love to do.

Atlantic city boardwalk

This course is really beautiful! You run the length of the Atlantic City boardwalk then through Ventnor, Margate and to the end of the peninsula in Longport – then back. I really like out and back courses. It’s nice to have a feel for how much further you are running and I always get a huge rush of energy when I hit the halfway point. Next year I hope more of our running friends can make this race. Yes, I know my Runkeeper time is off of my chip time a little bit. I don’t stop my gps until I am past the finish line.

April fools half medal

The boys had a great time at the local amusement park with Nana while I was running. I am so lucky that my parents have the boys sleep over the night before a race. I get a great night’s sleep and the boys have fun with Nana and Popop. Thanks mom! They hit the jackpot in tickets on this game. They went home with shopping bags full of their prizes. :-)

Nana and boys

And of course there are rides.

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I got to meet them there for a little while before we had to go get ice cream.

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Saturday was soccer day. The little ones and my big guys. A perfect weekend.

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So, I am wondering, how old were your kids when they started their first sport?

April Fools Half Marathon 2014

Today was the April Fools Half Marathon in Atlantic City – my favorite race.  The conditions were perfect for running!  Sunny, cool and filled with a lot of great running friends. 

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There were 15 girls from my running club running today.  This race seems to be the first half marathon for many girls in my club, and today was no exception.  Plus, a lot of us were looking for PRs, so it was sure to be an exciting day!

pre race collage

A bunch of us decided to wear tutus in response to the negative comments recently published by Self magazine.  It was my first tutu race and I have to admit that it was more festive than just regular running clothes. 

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Part of the fun of racing with friends is hanging out before and after the race.  It’s always an early morning, but it is also always worth it.

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One of the reasons I love this race so much is that the course travels parallel to the beach in Atlantic City.  I love the beach in the morning – it reminds me of the summers I worked on the beach when I was younger.  The sun on the water is so beautiful and the seagulls are cheering you on. 

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Eileen and I ran together for a lot of the race.  We chatted the race away like it was another training run. 

Eileen

The race starts at the Revel casino in Atlantic City and runs through three other beach towns before coming back.  One of the highlights of the course is Lucy the 6 story elephant statue in Margate.  You can actually go inside the statue and come out on top for an elephant ride!  If you want to learn more about Lucy, look here.  http://www.lucytheelephant.org/?presets=preset5

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I was hoping to get a PR at this race.  My prior best time for a half marathon was 2 hours, 10 minutes.  Last year I ran this race in 2 hours, 15 minutes.  Eileen and I didn’t sprint the course, but we kept an eye on our pace as we went.  Towards the end I decided to pick it up a bit to be sure I would get in under 2 hours.  Guess what?  I did it!  1 hour, 58 minutes! 

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It is always a great feeling when you reach a goal!  I was not the only one either!  Many of my girls set a new PR today.  Time to celebrate.  How convenient that they give you free beer after the race!  (Yes, Cindy had one too!)

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We had fun hanging out after we finished and cheering the rest of our girls in.

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Did I mention that we were also celebrating 2 birthdays today?  Here is Danielle with her birthday gear.

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We were off to a celebratory lunch at Margaritaville after everyone finished.  It was officially the longest lunch we have had, but definitely fun.

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Then I got to come home and tell my boys the good news.  :)

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If I had to guess, I would say I am going to be sore tomorrow.  Here is a throw back picture of my girls from a Jingle Bell race in 2012.  Today was so much fun, but I must admit that I missed some of my girls who could not make it.  Next year I hope we get all of the gang together for this one.

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So, I am wondering, did you have a good weekend?  What did you do?

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