I know this recap is super late – but better late than never!
This is one of my favorite races, despite the fact that the weather is almost always crummy. Guess that’s what happens when you have a race in March at the oceanfront.
My stepmom and I went to packet pick-up on Friday night. We walked through all the vendors, but didn’t get into a whole lot. She got a new pair of sunglasses, and I got a new flip belt. They’ve made a few adjustments and I love it!
Race Day Conditions/Attire
The forecast threatened rain, but it was supposed to be in the high-40s/low 50s. I wore capris and a short sleeved shirt with a long-sleeved shirt over it. I brought a poncho just in case it started raining. I learned my lesson from last year.
We parked about 15 blocks away from the start and had a decent walk to the start line. We hit the porta-potties with about 15 minutes to spare. We got in our corrals and just enjoyed all the costumes and excitement.
The first 2 miles went by in the blink of an eye. I lost my stepmom less than a quarter mile in – even though I know she’d leave me because she’s speedy. We faced a headwind for most of that time. When the course turned onto the boardwalk, we had the wind at our back. I took advantage of that and alternated running and walking.
Around the 3.5 mile mark, I started noticing that my sock was rubbing and I was getting a blister. I tried to adjust, but it didn’t seem to help.
I hunkered down for the last mile or so on the boardwalk back into the headwind. I hoped to finish under and hour and 15 min, but finished very close in 1:15:13.
I gathered all my food and swag after the race and headed to the tent. I found my Dad and stepmom, grabbed a beer and enjoyed some of my food. The music is always great – it is just usually SO CROWDED in the tent that we don’t stay long.
When we finally decided to leave, it had started raining. I put on my poncho, and they had rain jackets, but we still got soaked walking 10 blocks to our car.
Despite the rain at the end, this was a good race and I wouldn’t miss it even despite the terrible weather.
Do you continually do a race despite historically bad weather?