May Challenge: K & L are for Keep Livin and Lovin

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sometimes you just need a weekend full of life and love. 

It was amazing to have a weekend getaway to the Wildwoods with Taylor. We've had this trip planned since December of last year so it was great that it was finally here. Taylor and I get to spend plenty of time together but it is rare we get a weekend of just ourselves -- no friends, no family -- just each other.

When I decided to make a lifestyle change back in September, I made a goal for myself to register for a half marathon during the spring of 2014. I knew about the Wildwood Half Marathon for the last three years because it use to be held on a Sunday in August -- usually the Sunday after my week vacation with my family. Being that it was the day after we left, I always had to miss it. Luckily this year the race committee decided to change the date for the race to May. Yay perfect for me. The bargain shopper I am, I pulled the trigger on Black Friday getting a special race entry fee. I knew the race also had an 8k so I convinced Taylor to sign up for that one. He's a good boy friend sucking it up for his lady. Thanks babe!

So the weekend was finally here. We packed our bags and headed down on Saturday morning. We went to the race packet pick up and grabbed our bibs and goodie bags. The rest of the day we spent walking on the boardwalk, soaking in the sun and carb loading for Sunday morning. With our race entry we received free passes to Morey's Piers so we brought out our inner kid and rode a view rides. We walked the boards, grabbed a view items for ourselves and headed back to the hotel. After asking out hotel owner for an Italian restaurant suggestion, we headed to Alfe's and it was tasty and filling we literally got back to the hotel and crashed.
Race day started bright and early as the half marathoners hit the streets of Wildwood at 7:30 a.m. The 8k race started 15 minutes later. I am so so proud of Taylor because this is his first real race. He absolutely crushed it and got 4th in his age group. Great job T - so happy for you!! Of course my nervous were high as I had really high hopes of doing well for this race. Two weeks prior I beat my Broad Street Run PR by 20 minutes and I had goals for doing the same here in Wildwood. My previous best time for a half marathon I had was 2 hours and 25 minutes and I was confident I could beat that, but I didn't just want to beat it. I wanted to crush this one too.

Luckily my hard work paid off and I did just that today. My goal for today's race was to finish in 2 hours and 5 minutes and today I crossed the finish line at 2 hours and 4 minutes. WOO HOO!! This journey has been amazing since last September and each and every day I am adding more days on to my life. More days to experience new adventures, more days to be with my family and more days to love Taylor.

My future plans?
Rest a little bit! :) I've been in overdrive for about 9 months now and I could use a good two week tapper. But the break can't last for long. I have an exciting race schedule coming up this Fall with the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in September and the Philadelphia Marathon in November. I can't wait to beat another PR in November at the Philly Marathon. I hope you will all follow along as I go through that journey! As always, thank you for all of the likes, comments and texts you all send me every race day. I am truly blessed!!! Love you all!!!

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