On my quest to run a race in all 50 states I decided to run the Atlantic City Half Marathon in order to check off NJ. This was state #10! Only 40 more to go!
- My friend L and her husband joined us for the trip. Great company, great trip!
- The 4.5 hour drive was awesome! It turned out into a car race and even though we started about 30 miles behind, we made up ground and came very close. At the end they beat us by a few seconds, but it was fun chasing them!
- The view from our hotel room
- Our support grew was outstanding! They even had a sign!
- Expo bargain: I found the perfect shirt! The best thing was, they only had one and it was exactly my size!
- The weather! It was sunny and nice! At the start low 50’s and at the end low 60’s. Great running weather!
- The expo and race was very well organized. Good job!
- Even though the marathon and half marathon started together, it was spread out in a very short period of time.
- Great volunteers and good crowd coverage along the course.
- Seeing my boyfriend at mile 9
- I finished!
- Nice long-sleeve tech shirts and nice medal!
- The Sheraton was about 15 walking minutes away from the strip and after walking all Saturday, it was too far to go there at night for gambling as well. I wish our hotel would have had a casino as well. So, even though we stayed in AC, we didn’t gamble L
- I lost my hydration belt at mile 1 and had to stop to put it back on. My running friend went on and I was never able to catch up to her.
- Around mile 2 there was a tunnel and I lost signal. I forgot to take the auto stop off and from that point, my Garmin was all messed up.
- Obviously I can’t read elevation maps. I thought it would be hilly from mile 6-10, but it was flat like a pancake. The first 4 miles were hilly though! There were a few highways on and off ramps, which were short but steep.
- Those hills made my left achilles tendon hurt even more, the worse was around mile 5. I started to walk a lot and just wanted to be done.
- I never really good in to my zone and the full race felt like a tough workout, even though I was walking a lot and very slow.
- Later on my breathing was off and I started to wheeze again. This is something that concerns me and I might need to get this checked out.
- The last 5 miles were on the boardwalk, everything looked the same and it was kind of boring. It was nice for a little, but it felt it would go on forever.
- My achilles tendon got a little worse and I decided to see a doctor today. More about that later.
It was a fun weekend and I had a great time! I do recommend this race, just be aware of the initial hills and the boardwalk running.
How was your weekend? Did you run a race?
Have you ever run a race on a boardwalk? Did you like it?