Saturday, April 13, 2013

April Fools Half Marathon.

I do not know why it took me so long to get this blog post started.  This week I just have not been able to focus on anything.  Better late than never, right?

Well a few months ago I decided I wanted to become a half fanatic this year and to do so I was going to do 3 half marathons in 60 days.  I already had the Flying Pig on the schedule for 5/5 so I started looking for others.  I had heard from my friend Danielle that the AllState half in Queens was a good one so I registered for that and then I found on in Atlantic City and it was called the April Fools half.  My friend Gina is an April Fools baby and she had started running and said she wanted to do a half marathon so I called her and asked her if she would want to do it and that I would register her as her birthday gift.  She was hesitant but said yes.  So I registered for the 2 races. 

March 23rd was the AllState half and you can read about it HERE.  I was nervous about the April Fools race because I was suffering shin splints so I was not able to run much in the 2 weeks between the races.  A couple of days before the race I just decided I would walk most of the race to keep my legs as pain free as possible.

Well Saturday I met up with Gina and her husband Julio and we headed down to Atlantic City.  We got there really quick and checked into the hotel.  We were not staying at the Revel because when I had made the reservations it was before the Revel was chosen as the race hotel.  We were only about 1 mile from the Revel so it was not a big deal.  We walked down to the Revel to get our packets for the race.  I was bummed because there was no expo.  So we just grabbed our stuff and headed back to our hotel. 

My shins were killing me and Julio wanted to relax so he and I stayed at the hotel and Gina went down to the beach to read for awhile...she was crazy because it was FREEZING!!  I did a lot of stretching and watched some TV.  When Gina got back we decided to go get food.  We didn't want to eat in a casino so we drove out of the strip area and can I tell you it is not easy to find food NOT in a casino!  The first place we found was full so we were turned away.  We found a different place and had dinner.  I think it is good that the food was only OK for me so I didn't overeat because I was hungry and if I am hungry when I start eating I can not stop when full only when sick.  We headed back tot he hotel set all our race stuff out and went to bed by 11.

I am a sleep to the last second girl so I slept until 6:45 even though Gina was up at 6.  So when I was getting dressed she headed downstairs for coffee.  At 7:20ish I headed down to meet here.  Of course I couldn't find her, I thought maybe she went to check out the sunrise off the boardwalk so I started out.  I was happy I wore my warmer jacket as soon as I was was so cold!  Got to the boardwalk and no Gina....I started down to the race and was so bummed that I lost her. 

I got down to the race area and just waited and hoped I would see her and after about 10 min I did.  Thank goodness.  We stretched and shook off our nerves.

We lined up towards the back since Gina didn't know what to expect and I was thinking I would be walking a lot.  Just as we started but were walking to cross the start line I turned to say one last "Good Luck" to Gina but she was gone.  I figured she just took off running.  I decided to try to run the first mile as I did in Queens and then do the 4 min run / 1 min walk method as long as I could.

Our first 4 miles were along the boardwalk.  It was so much smoother than I expected but I did keep moving from left to right just to avoid running with any type of pitch for an extended period of time.  I did stop to take some pictures too.

Love this building!

It is MY STORE!!  LOL I love Sugar!

Brazillian runners...I took this for Fabiana

Leaving Atlantic City

I was afraid I was falling back very far so I took a picture behind me to see how many people were there.
 I was going slow and steady but I was feeling pretty good.  My shins were not bothering me, my lower back was a bit but nothing too bad.  Just past the 3.5 mile the lead runners started passing us going the other way....YIKES!  I knew that my friend and fellow blogger Stefanie who also writes Silk and Tofu was going to be passing me soon.  She lives near me and runs many of the local races and she is so fast....if she is running she is winning!!  She even won the Diva half last year!  Not just age group...she WINS! 

First runner coming back.  If he is the person who won he did it in 1:03?!?!?  WHAT?!?!?

Soon after I saw the tiny speed racer!!  Floating while eating did she do that?!?!

Not too far after this we went off the boardwalk and onto the streets until the half way point.  Once we were on the streets my shins started to twinge but I just tried to stay where the road was flattest.  Once the crowd of runners heading back in the other direction I started to look for Gina.  I realized at that moment A LOT of people who run half marathons are 5 foot tall brunettes LOL.  One good thing is it took my mind off my running so I actually just ran for a bit instead of the run/walk.  I even saw Spiderman.......

Hey Half Fanatic....Spiderman is chasing you!

And then right behind Wonder Woman I found the half way point. 
I was pretty bummed I didn't see Gina but I just kept running and found my favorite spectator ever.....

Hey Mister Cutest Dog in the World.
I just kept running along when I felt someone grab my arm.....and what do I see heading in the other direction.....

Dramatic Re-enactment LOL

I was so confused......How did I get in front of her???  Well we said good luck and see you at the finish and both went on running.  I was tired but still feeling pretty good so I just kept on and picture taking.

We then got back up onto the Boardwalk and boy did the Revel look VERY VERY far away!!!

I am not going to lie I knew I still had about 5 or so miles to go but it knocked me down a I just kept trying to have fun, I was out of tissues by this point...I hate that LOL.  SO I just kept taking pictures and moving forward.

You know I had to represent the Derby :)

Back onto the strip

Finish line is around the bend.....

Only signs I saw the whole race just before the finish.....but they were good!
Just after this I packed my camera away and headed for the finish.  Just before the finish I saw Julio and threw my jacket to him and he was taking pictures.

Just .1 mile to go......

I ran through the finish and got my medal and I felt pretty good....slow and steady helped my feet and legs but of course hurt my time..... 2:45 but I was upright so I can not complain!!!!  I grabbed water and headed over to Julio and waited for Gina.  One thing she had said she wanted way back before I got hurt was to cross the finish line together so I gave my stuff to Julio and we waited for her.

Here she comes....
So I went to run in with her but she took off and I was already tightening up so there was no way I could keep up LOL  I wish the professional sight was not such shit and I could find those pictures but they are having technical issues.

We took some more pictures and headed back to the hotel.  I don't even know if they had food or anything other than water at the finish because I couldn't find anything.

Julio and Gina

We showered and tried to find food.....we could not find anything in Atlantic City because after a race I need breakfast foods.  Finally we headed down the highway and found a diner in a different town.  The food was AMAZING so it was a good choice.

Got home did some more stretching but all in all I felt pretty good.  Sore but good.  I was asleep by 9pm.

This post is for sure long enough so the next post will have the surprise I got the next day......


  1. Congrats. Looks like a lovely place for the run. What funny costumes some people wore. How can they run 12 miles in that?

    1. I have no idea and apparently the 2 man team finished pretty early too so they ran like that fast!

  2. Great job!! Looks like an awesome race, I want to do it next year!

    1. Thanks! It was really nice I was afraid of the straight out and back course but it didnt get boring :)

  3. Great job pacing yourself and feeling good! I'm afraid with my heel and foot issues this half is not going to be a PR. I just hope I can finish it at this point.

    1. Have you gone to the doctor? Maybe some orthodics or different shoes may help? Feet problems when trying to run are so frustrating I know!!!

  4. Awesome job, girl!! You got a great time too!

  5. Thanks for the shout-out mama! You did an awesome job girl!