Last weekend was the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon! It was so much fun. Us two love birds decided early on that we’d use this little Myrtle Beach getaway as a celebration. Ron’s birthday was on the 11th and then of course you have Valentines on the 14th and then on the 25th of this month, Ron and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary. Happy 25th Honey!!
Ron and I ran the race with our church small group.
We trained for 16 weeks together and had a blast. There were 22 of us altogether and of that 22, 19 were running their very first half marathon. The ages ranged from 12 years old to 58. I cannot tell you how much I love running with friends. Every single time I run a race with a friend, I have so much more fun than if I run alone.
Here are a couple of more shots of the group.
(Angela, me, Sandy, and Priscilla) All 3 of these lovely ladies were tackling their first half marathon.
(Robin, me, and April) Robin first got into running last year with our Run for God 5k group. She is a huge inspiration as she has gotten off all her COPD and asthma medications since she took up running. April and I ran together at almost every Saturday group run. She’s a bit faster than me and really helped motivate me to keep up. We talked and talked and talked every Saturday morning and I’m going to miss running together so much.
This shot is of Jill and me at mile 10. Jill and I ran together at Myrtle Beach and had so much fun. We both were shooting for a sub 2:30 time and made our goal with 9 whole minutes to spare. Woot! Woot! Way to go Jill! That was an awesome 1st half marathon time.
Here’s a shot of the beach from our balcony.
And at night it almost looked like Las Vegas to me.
After the race on Saturday, we stayed a long time at the after race party. There was plenty of good food and of course, Ron loved the IPAs.
Later on that night, we went to the House of Blues for the marathon party and dinner. The food was pretty good but they ran out of IPAs. When I handed Ron a Michelob Ultra, you should have seen the funny face he made. It was hilarious! So funny that my beer loving man will not drink an American lager.
The most fun thing to me though was while Ron was enjoying his beer after the race, I slipped into the massage tent.
10-15 minute massages were complimentary and man oh man was it awesome. See that move that the therapist has on the person in the yellow shirt? Well, my guy did this same move but once he got my knee up in the air, he did this shake kind of thing that really hit all the right spots. I’ve only had a massage one time in my life other than this quick one. I’ve got to budget some money in for more of them. A full hour massage after a race would be pure heaven.
Next up for me is the Tobacco Road Half Marathon here in my neck of the woods. The medal looks killer and I have to admit, that’s what made me sign up.
The ATT sits on an abandoned railroad corridor that has been preserved for recreational use. That’s the significance of the train on the medal.
25 days and counting. Let the new training begin.
I’ve got this idea that if I can lose 20 pounds, maybe I can shave 20 minutes off my half marathon time. Now I know I can’t lose 20 pounds in 25 days but maybe I can lose 6 or so. And if I keep at it, maybe I can run a sub 2:00 hour half before 2013 comes to a close.