|Birthday twins and April Fools!|
As race weekend drew near I was excited to learn that not only was I going to see Meridith but I was also going to see Vic (who lives only 90 minutes away and I had yet to meet), Cam, and Jenn.
We made it to the first day of packet pickup with a half hour to spare before it was closing for the day. I was happy that we didn't have to go early in the morning before the races. The 11k was first. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott which was just down the street from Resorts where the start/finish line was. So my husband made his way over to the race and we stayed and had breakfast before walking over to wait at the finish line. It was really fun cheering for my husband since he is usually the one spectating. He enjoyed himself and did awesome.
|My hubs almost to the finish of the 11k.|
I let my son run by himself. I was nervous about this at first. But I put him in a bright shirt so I could spot him and we picked a place to meet if I didn't get to him right away. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. He ran so fast! He finished in 7:15 which was 10th place overall. He is only 8. I was such a proud Mama. I was able to get him right at the finish with no problems at all.
|My super speedy son!|
|So proud of my little girl!|
|Seriously, such amazing costumes and ladies!|
It was nice to chat with Vic and get to know her a bit more. She is so nice and kept checking on me to make sure I was ok and encouraging me. She even told me about some of the sights on the boardwalk. By the way, running on the boardwalk was really cool. It is a lot less forgiving on the knees than pavement. When we turned off the boardwalk, I groaned. But thankfully it was out and back.
Around mile 5, I started tiring. I definitely did not feel as strong as I did at the Cuse half. I was tired from a long business trip I had the day before this trip. And I didn't get running or cross training in consequently. So I started falling behing and told Vic, who was feeling good, to go ahead.
I kept a good pace for me for those first 5 miles so I had a good cushion for the second half of the race. I need to work on negative splits. I kept up a decent pace for the rest of the race. It was good enough to PR by a full minute exactly!
|PR, baby! Love the medal too.|
|Loved running with Vic!|
Overall, I really enjoyed the race. Running by the ocean and on the boardwalk was really cool and a nice change of scenery for me. The race was well run for the most part. My only complaint was runner tracking wasn't working. The 11k runner tracking was pointless as there was no split time given. And I didn't even receive the text my husband started until a half hour later. My husband only received the 5k split text and that was late too. There was a 7 mile mat so he should have gotten that. He is still waiting for the text that I finished. I just ended up texting when I was close and so did he so we knew to look for each other.
The best part was the theme of the race for me being an April Fool and of course, getting to spend time with my friends. Thanks to Mer for recommending the race to me!