I signed up for this race as a training run for my upcoming Marine Corps Marathon (my first full since my 2005 Disney Debacle) - to make sure I actually did at least 18 miles. It was a scheduled 20 mile weekend, so my plan was to run 2 miles before or after the race in order to not cheat my training. I took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to New Jersey and drove to LBI for packet pick-up.
While there, I met my good friend, Denise, from college and spent the pre-race night at her house in Seaside. Yes, I said Seaside - a hop, skip, and a jump from the Jersey Shore House. You are darn tootin' that I wasn't going to pass up on this opportunity!
Snooki I am not - but I was "home".
So, for race day we had some crazy hot weather! I did a slow to (a mile out and a mile back) before the race start. It was in the 80's, and there was no shade, as we were at the beach. The race was brutal, and around mile 14, I seriously questioned my sanity. I didn't think I was going to make it, and I didn't know how I would ever get through my upcoming marathon. I am, embarrassingly, including race photos. It was so freakin' hot, and I look like death!
Anyway, the after party was great, but I didn't have time to eat - I had a ferry to catch or I'd have to drive an additional 3 hours! I was able to take a shower at the sponsoring community center (didn't realize this beforehand), and I was on my way. Just wish I had more time to spend with my pal, Denise!
I don't think I will be coming back to this one...but I should never say never! I can be talked in to just about any race - and it's a training run for the New York Marathon (fingers crossed.)