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Wildwood Half Marathon Recap

Another Wild Half in the books! This is what was on my Facebook page this morning.

Wild half 2014

Last year was so sunny! It was beautiful, but hot. It was a tough run for me with the heat. This year my alarm went off at 4am to get up and ready for the drive to the race with Holly. Of course I had my usual pre race fuel.

ucan

Holly and I both swear by Ucan on race day, but she follows the directions and drinks it 30 minutes before the race starts. I drink it on the ride to the race with my protein bar and coffee. ūüėȬ† Ucan is a complex carbohydrate that stabilizes bloodsugar over time, providing a carbohydrate source to your body over a longer period of time. We have both been using it for more than a year and love it.

Wild Half

Holly and I have been running races together for years now – literally! We don’t live close to each other, so it is great when we can race together. We caught up on the hour plus ride and enjoyed the pre race excitement. Here we are in the chute – way behind where we should have started! Of course I think the beginning of the race leap frog game is one of the best parts of a race!

Me and Hol

The race itself was great. The crowd support and volunteer support for this race is probably the best of any race I have ever done. There are people cheering for you the whole way – and you know there are always times during a race when you really need that. The course itself is beautiful. You run on the boardwalk along the ocean, cross the inlet and two small bridges before you turn around and come back. I love out and back courses. I like knowing when I am halfway done and you are guaranteed to get a nice breeze at least one way!

Race views

This bridge was probably the steepest part of the course.

Bridge to Stone Harbor

It is one of those little bridges that opens for boats to pass under. The grate is not fun to run on, especially when it’s wet! But it’s always fun to add new things to your running experiences.

bridge grate

This race is run by CGI Racing. I run a few of their races every year and love their mile marker signs and finish line. You can see them really well. It’s a great feeling when you can see the finish line!

Finish line

It was a great race morning, especially since it was cloudy this year! I didn’t PR, but my time was better than I ran at this race last year.

Wildwood Half Time

 

A big thanks to my mom and dad for always taking such good care of my boys while I race. I couldn’t do it without them! And the boys love having special time with Nana and Popop while I race.

My mom and me

Yes, my team did have a game later in the day. It was an exciting game ending with a somewhat controversial goal scored against us for a 2-2 tie. Overall a great day!

Wildwood Half

I am finally posting pictures from the Wild Half!  After a long race I am usually totally spent mentally and physically and can manage only to go out to eat and then to bed.  I did mean to post these sooner though.  Better late than never!  This is me after the race Рright before I collapsed on the couch!

me after.JPG

The day started with a beautiful sunrise.

sunrise.JPG

And meeting the girls before the race.

running club

wildwood sign

The run itself started ideally.  The weather was great, the course was flat and the views were distracting.

ferris wheel.JPG

bay.JPG

And then we got to the bridges.

bridge

And the sun came out and I started to realize that I was really pushing myself.  But all is well that ends well even if there were a few tough moments.

fastest run

me medal

I finished with a PR of 1:54 and another great race with my girls.

girls after run This statement is true for many situations in life.

strong

That’s why it’s important to have fun – even on those tough days.

subway collage

So, I am wondering,what is the next race you have planned?

 

 

Race Weekend Is Almost Here!

First of all, I have a guest blogger tonight.¬† Fezziwig insists he has something to add and keeps walking on the keyboard.¬† Good thing he is cute.¬† Big dogs are man’s best friend, but the little ones are just for us girls.¬† I know my friend Margie would agree.¬† You should see her cutie!

me & fez

I am getting really excited for the Wild Half this weekend.  Apparently there are less than 2 days and 8 hours until I will be freezing at the starting line with my great friends, hoping my Garmin gets a location and dying to break out of the crowd and start running.  Sounds like fun, right?

wwh

There is nothing like the fun and excitement of a race with a bunch of friends.  Jeannette and I are heading down to packet pickup tomorrow :) .  Although it is sometimes tough to fit more than one day of race activities into your schedule, I love it when we can.  I was going to take it easy at this one since I met my time goal in Atlantic City, but who knows?  Some friends are looking for a PR and I will probably stick with them.

course map ww

And really what is not to enjoy when the entire course is along the beach?¬† I have not run this race previously and I am hoping it is as good as I think it is going to be.¬† We even get to run across two of the little bridges!¬† Let’s hope the weather holds out.¬† The only time it is not fun running at the beach is when there are gale force winds – like at the NJ Marathon last year.¬† Not good.¬† But it is supposed to be perfect weather¬†this weekend – partly sunny and 65 degrees.¬† Now all that is left is figuring out what to wear!

By the way, have you tried these?  They are so good!  Yes, I ate the entire 1.5 pounds in one day.

tomatoes

 

So, I am wondering, do you race in the summer?

 

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