Friday, December 14, 2012

Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon

Ok this race holds a  special place in my heart and the course is located on my summer running route!  The Rehoboth Beach Marathon was my very first 26.2 in 2008 and it sparked my love for distance running.  I love the small town and local feel of this race.  It truly is very well organized from the expo to the post race party.  MaryBeth Evans and her crew always do a fantastic job and really focus on keeping things running smoothly. 

Angel, Dawn and I met up at the packet pick-up...Unlike larger races this was cozy and easy to walk in and grab your bag, bib number and tshirt and not waste 3 hours at an expo! 
Rehoboth Beach Running Company

Love the bright pink race shirt!
We chatted with a few friends then hit up the Tanger Outlets to do a little shopping.  My mom and dad had come down also so we met them at Fins Raw Bar for our pre-race meal and my all time favorite beer...Troegs Brothers Mad Elf

Since I was only doing the half and just running for FUN, I did enjoy my beer and delicious salmon!  After our amazing meal we went to Dawn's and modelled our RockTape..
Since this is a smaller race we did not have any issues getting to the start and we even picked up our friend Dave on the way.  We go right into the bathroom with a small wait ( 3 minutes ) and lined up ready to start with about 10 minutes to spare. 
This is a truly flat and fast half and miles 6-10 are on the Breakwater Trail...My first few miles were on the slower end 8:06, 7:40's then it thinned out a bit and I was able to find my pace.  My main focus on this race was to have fun and remember why I run and just enjoy every step of the way!!  I truly did manage to do that...I also met one of my readers and she gave me a shout out that made my whole entire day!!!  So thank you so much for that! 

I really love this course and it could be my PR course in the future...
Angel and I looking fly in our space blankets
 After the race we cheered on friends who were finishing and got a great action shot of Dave:

 This was Dave's 1st half marathon and he totally killed it...1:54:25...GO DAVE!! And this is his awesome son..Who was the best cheerleader out there:
LOVE that face!
And here is my biggest fan:
Post race fun!
I finished the race in 1:38...this was not a PR by far but was a good fun run...I did place 2nd in my AG and 13th female overall!  After the race we went into the post race tents and enjoyed the free massage/stretching by Elite PT.  Then I totally enjoyed the 16 Mile Brewery beer and the live band!
16 Mile
We stuck around for the awards and enjoyed hanging out with friends!  But next year if I do the half again I will be going to shower and change my clothes prior to the awards since they didn't start until 11:30. 
Cute awards!
And I love that all the Rehoboth Beach girls wear matching Running Skirts!!  So if you are planning on a December race next year I highly recommend this race!  It is December 7, 2013 and I am sure it will sell out fast...And if you are looking for a BQ this could be your race!! Entry will open 02/01/2013.

Hope to see ya here next year!

Happy Running!

1 comment:

  1. Oh what a fun weekend! This race is the best way to end the season, I love it too! Thankful for you running friend, nice recap.!