Ocean City (NJ) Half Marathon Race Recap 

Where do I begin! I sure was a HOT one! I went into this race knowing that the weather could be unpredictable. Yes, it is fall on the East Coast but sometimes we get random stretches of heat waves at the end of September that can make race day unbearable (at times). Therefore, since they were calling for a high of 90 degrees I made sure I hydrated on Saturday before the race.

I decided to represent Nuun during the half marathon. They also hydrated me in my Simple Hydration Bottle during the race as well.

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The alarm when off at 4:30am so we could get on the road around 5:00am to drive to Ocean City, New Jersey. When I woke up Lola, who I am learning isn’t a morning pup, was laying like this on our bed.

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We arrived in Ocean City around 6:30am and walked to the Music Pier on the boardwalk to get our race bibs and t-shirt.

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We also watched the sunrise before walking back to our car to begin our race prep.

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We got race ready at the car and stretched on the boardwalk with all the other runners and took pictures of course!
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The race started at 8:30am which honestly was pretty crazy especially since half marathons usually start in the 7:00-8:00am range. Also, with it being a HOT day I wish it started a bit earlier.
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The race was honesty mostly flat. You started off on a side road by a board walk entrance and ran down Wesley Street towards the Somers Point Bridge. The bridge was a total hill! You ran up the bridge hill, down it, was flat for a bit with a turnaround, then ran back up the hill and down again. Phew! Hope you followed that. But honestly, after the bridge the rest of the race was FLAT, so that was great!

The heat was brutal, there wasn’t any shade on the course. Once you got off the bridge you rounded onto a street then onto the beginning of the boardwalk and ran on there till it ended ran onto the street again for another turn around then back onto the board walk to finish by the Music Pier. 

I know going into the day that it was going to be a rough one. A lot of people DNFed (Did Not Finish) due to the heat, but I mad sure I stayed hydrated and didn’t worry about my speed or my finishing time. I had sub-2ed in my previous half marathon at SeaWheeze so I was content in taking this one easy. 

I feel bad for the runners that didn’t finish. But I also think it is a reminder to listen to your body and when it is so hot out you can’t push it. You may need to drop your expected place by a minute and a half. For example, my race pace is a 9:00 minute mile and I ran a 10:30 pace from mile 4 till I finished because I wanted to be cautious. 

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The hubby made sure I got my Manco and Manco Pizza post race. I was honestly sad because I was looking forward to it all week and then when I got it I didn’t really want it. But I ate it anyway because I don’t get it to often. 

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 I was really craving some Polish Water Ice post race due to the heat which was an amazing treat after! The cashier also gave me some of their soft serve ice cream because he saw my husband had an ice cream cone fro Kohr’s Brothers and said that people have mentioned that their ice cream is enter so we should compare. I forgot to ask his opinion though because the last thing I wanted after a hot and steamy half marathon was ice cream. 

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I am excited to knock state #3 off my goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states!


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2017: Workout Recap Week 38

Race week!!!! I was tapering for most of the week and excited to get back out there for a race, but honestly running without a main goal in mind. Just enjoy the experience. 

Monday, September 17th

6.5 miles bright and early with my running friend Kate. I also was completing the Irma Relief Run Virtual 10k. 

Tuesday, September 19th

3.1 miles with negative splits!

Wednesday, September 20th

3 easy miles around the neighborhood.

Thursday, September 21st

3 miles with Conshy Running

With a nice sunset.

Friday, September 22nd

Easy 2 miles on the Chester Valley Trail


Saturday, September 23rd

Rest day

Sunday, September 24th

Ocean City Half Marathon – state #3



2017: Workout Recap Week 37

Monday, September 11th

5 miles around the neighborhood 

Remembering 9/11

Tuesday, September 12th

4 miles on the treadmill before heading out for work stuff all day.

Wednesday, September 13th

4 miles around the neighborhood in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where I was on a retreat with fellow female staffers. 

Thursday, September 14th

Rest Day

Friday, September 15th

3.13 shake out miles with some positive vibes and negative splits! 

Saturday, September 16th

7 miles on a Saturday evening after a whole day of field hockey. 

Sunday, September 17th

Rest Day

Cheered my multiple friends and the hubby at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. My mentor Mandy ran her first half marathon too!


2017: Workout Recap Week 36

Monday, September 4th – Labor Day!

3.5 miles around the neighborhood

 

Tuesday, September 5th

5 miles on the Radnor Trail

Wednesday, September 6th

4 miles around the neighborhood 

Thursday, September 7th

5 miles around the neighborhood

Friday, September 8th

Rest Day

Saturday, September 9th

15 miles on the Chester Valley Trail with my new friend Cait!

Sunday, September 10th

Rest day

How did your workouts go this week?

Friday Faves: Labor Day Weekend 

I didn’t have a chance earlier this week to write about the fun events of Labor Day Wekened! So here I am writing it in a Friday Faves post!

1) Seeing my the seniors at D.C. play field hockey.

I had been coaching field hockey at a local school for the past 6 years and this is my first season not coaching. Needless to say it wasn’t an easy choice to make mainly because of the relationships with the girls, especially the seniors. Thankfully, I was able to go see their first season game last Friday and they were super duper excited to see us there! 
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The girls were so excited to see us there was an immediate group hug with the two of us and all the seniors. So sweet, it made my heart melt a bit and it was nice to know that they miss us so much.

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2) #RunforTexas Virtual 10k

A bunch of my friends on Instagram were reposting information on a virtual 5k/10k race where all the proceeds would 100% go to the people affected by hurricane Harvey.

I looked up the race and they were planning on hosting it September 1-4 (Labor Day Weekend). When I looked at the prices I was stoked because the 5k was $5 and the 10k was $10 which was totally affordable for anyone to run and donate to a great cause.



It was really cool to here that overall we raised about $55,000 for Harvey Relief.

3) The Franklin Institute Mirror Maze

The hubby told me he really wanted to go to the Mirror Maze exhibit at the Franklin Institute so we went to check it out because it was the last day and he really wanted go to it. We had a fun time racing through the maze. Oh and I won!
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4) Franklin Fountain: Lightning Rod Sundae

We love a good ice cream sundae and definitely if it is from Franklin Fountain which is an old fashion ice cream shop in Old City Philadelphia.

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We decided to order an ice cream sundae that we hadn’t tried before and this one was the Lightening Rod. It was delicious.

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5) Big A** Slices Pizza

Did did dinner and dessert in reverse because after Frankin Fountain we got pizza from Big A** Slices because as you can see from the picture below the slices are BIG! And honestly, as someone that consumes pizza pretty regularly it was really good! I definitely want to go there again soon!
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6) Taking Lola to Valley Green Trail

My dad plays the accordion and him and his girlfriend love going to the Valley Green Trail so he can play his accordion for all the runners, families, etc. We decided to go down there for a little bit last Saturday morning and bring Lola.

She had a blast! She got to see a lot of people and get tons of pets. She also went for a 1 mile run with Brian and she loved it. It also left for one pooped pooch!


2017: Workout Recap Week 35

Monday, August 28th

4 easy miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Tuesday, August 29th

5 easy miles on the treadmill

Wednesday, August 30th

5 miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Thursday, August 31st

4 miles on the CVT

Friday, September 1st

Rest Day

Saturday, September 2nd

10 miles total: completed the Run for Texas Virtual 10k and then finished with 4 easy miles. 

Sunday, September 3rd

3 easy miles on the treadmill to round out the week!


How were your workouts this week?


Coffee Chat: August 2017

This month was a weird month for me. Mainly because I am not coaching field hockey this fall so I didn’t have preseason or the feeling that my summer is ending early dread. But, for those of you who didn’t know I have been coaching field hockey for the past 6 years at a local Christian school and the other two coaches and I resigned last spring (long story) but it has  definitely been an adjustment to it be surrounded by a team or the 2 coaches who are my fall besties 6 days a week right now. 

What I am drinking: water from my Hidrate Spark 2.0 water bottle

What I am eating: mini beef tacos from Trader Joes

Races I’ve run: I ran the SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver, British Colombia. I was a race trained all summer with under a coach to finally get my sub 2 half marathon. Well, I didn’t it and I couldn’t be happier AND so glad it’s over. 

Races I’m training for: Well, I am still running and technically training for the Ocean City NJ Half Marathon the end of September and the Philadelphia Half Marathon the middle of November (the hubby is running the full).

What I am reading: How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald

Fun Things I’ve Done: The hubby and I went and tried out the new Duck Donuts for the first time when we got home from Vancouver. 

Other than that – August was a pretty tame month in terms of life. Vancouver was definitely a highlight and you can check out my race recap here.