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Atlantic City Half Marathon

 What a whirlwind week it's been! I ran a half marathon last Sunday and then hopped in the care Monday and drove back to West Virginia. I feel like I haven't stopped since I got out of the car Monday evening. Get ready for photo overload from the race. It was Stephen's first half marathon so I wanted to make sure it was documented well and took lots of pictures.

After breakfast at our favorite diner in Westfield, we hopped in the car and set off for Atlantic City where our weekend was. We drove straight to the convention center where the expo was to pick up our race bibs and packets.

We were pumped to get our bibs. One step closer to the race!

I'd never used the Normatec leg recovery system so when they had a free demo, I quickly jumped in the chair and let the compression take over.

Looking over the course map to get a little bit of a bearing of where we'd be running the next day.

Not only is the distance of the race 13.1 miles, my lucky number is 13 so I'll take any excuse to get a picture with that number.

We figured this is what our times would look like for the next day.

They had a cool sand sculpture of the race's logo.

As we excited the hall, good luck messages popped up on the screen for us! I love that all three of our names are right there in a row.

Several years ago we learned to wear surgical gowns at the start line. Not only do they keep you warm, they're waterproof for those rainy races!

Hanging out in the corral ready to run!

My dad was really trained for this race and since it was a flat course, he wanted to go for a personal record which he achieved! He finished the race in just under 2 hours!

We took a little longer but were all smiles when we crossed the finish line.

I am so proud of Stephen and how hard he trained for this race. We signed up for it back in November and since then he's put in several early mornings running on the treadmill to get ready for it. 

Toasting our accomplishments!

Every Rock 'n Roll Series race has a party at the end that includes a concert. Since this race was in New Jersey, the post-race concert was a tribute to Bruce Springsteen.

Three weeks before the race, my dad got attacked by a dog one mile into his run. After completing a 12 mile training run, he had to go to the hospital to get rabies shots. My family LOVES "The Office" so as soon as my dad told us the story, Stephen and I knew we had to make shirts a la the Dunder Mifflin Fun Run Race for the Cure. We surprised my dad with these shirts and he wore his the day before since he had already planned to wear a sleeveless shirt during the race. 

A closer look at the back of our shirts. I'm still so tickled and every time we got a compliment on our shirts, we told them Ed was running and was up ahead. I may have to update my dad's shirt just a little to say "I'm Ed" on the front of it.

Overall, it was such a fun weekend and I can't say enough how proud I am of Stephen on completing his first half marathon. We're already looking around trying to find our next race!

Have a great weekend!

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