Half a Dolphin Down…

…and (a much longer) half a dolphin to go! This weekend, I’m checking state #15 off my half marathon bucket list (only 35 to go after tomorrow) with the Yuengling Shamrock 1/2 Marathon Though home base is in Philly (Cleveland come June), I’ve been working in KC since January and 4 weeks has turned into 3 months. So, instead of driving 5 hrs from Philly yesterday, I cashed in on some rapid rewards and enterprise points and flew from KC to Raleigh Durham and spent 3 hrs in the car driving to Virginia Beach. I’m the crazy cheap one in the family and, let’s face it, every meal I’ve had out here, I’ve had some sort of coupon or discount for.

Anyways, the dolphin challenge means I ran the 8K this morning and the Half Marathon tomorrow. If i were completely crazy, I’d be doing the whale challenge which is the full and the 8K over 2 days. Did I mention more bling from this? I got in around 7 last night and checked into my hotel. Along the beach. Let’s face it, I’ve needed to hear the ocean for awhile- very soothing! I’m digging the expo staying open until 9. I headed over and picked up my stuff, but running 2 races means 2 bibs, 2 shirts, 2 string bags and me being OCD about not messing my bibs up. Don’t believe me? See last night’s post. I also got some green related stuff to wear tomorrow. I headed to dinner at an Italian place a few miles away and enjoyed myself at the bar, so much so that I almost left with my glass of diet coke.

This morning, I woke up at 7, changed and headed to the 8k start 10 blocks away. Did I mention I woke up to this?


You’re jealous, I know. I got a block before coming back to get my Garmin. I got to the start with 3 min to spare and jumped over a rail to corral 1. The gun went off and so did I. I ran my fastest mile in a long time (8:10 ish) and started wondering why I hadn’t run this course sooner. The first 2 miles were along Atlantic Ave before looping back on the boardwalk. Mile 2 came in at around 840 and mile 3 came in under 9 min as well. I started getting excited about a possible PR, but a side stitch nearly took that away. After I got myself together, we did a quick 90* turn back onto Atlantic ave for 1/2 a mile and brought ourselves back to the boardwalk for a straight shot to the finish. My lungs and chest decided to start dry heaving on me with 1/4 a mile to go (really, they couldn’t wait till later?). None the less, I finished in 43:14, a PR by 46 seconds! Don’t believe me?


I got some bling and headed back to my hotel for a shower, although, if I waited awhile, the rain could have helped me just fine. Day 1 down, day 2 to go!


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