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Seaside half marathon race recap

I ran the Seaside half marathon this morning!


This was my 14th half marathon. After you've done a bunch of these, you kind of feel like you have this racing thing figured out. But today proved that there will always be lessons to learn.

1. You need to train well to race well. Life has been stressful lately. Blogging isn't the only thing that's taken a backseat; running has, too. I haven't looked at my training plan in over a month, I don't remember the last time I did speedwork, and all but one long run was cut short or skipped. So, of course, today wasn't going to go well. But that didn't mean I had moments of delusion before the start when I thought I could magically PR. Spoiler alert: that didn't happen.

2. Always carry your own fluids. I used to always carry water or Gatorade with me during races, but l didn't today. I assumed there would be plenty of aid stations along the course. And we all know what happens when you assume. By mile 4 I felt dehydrated. Not an ideal feeling when you still have over 2/3 of the way to go.

3. Don't rely on the weather. Fall is my favorite time to run. Well, isn't it everyone's? And today was a beautiful day in NJ… if it was early summer. The 10am start and temps reaching the 70s made me regret not running with Gatorade that much more.


4. Choose races wisely. I signed up for this race because it was in an area I knew well and was completely flat. Most races I run are pretty hilly, so I was really looking forward to today. I was so excited to run a flat race that I didn't consider any other specifics of the course. Most of the race took place in Island Beach State Park, a thin strip of land between the ocean and bay.



Not only was it ridiculously windy but there wasn't much to look at. I thought we'd be able to see the water from the road, but I forgot that vegetation completely blocks the view. This may have been the first time I was bored on a run. Miles 3ish- 11ish looked exactly the same. I felt like I wasn't going anywhere. Until today, I never realized how much I appreciate changing scenery on a run.

5. You don't need to PR to feel awesome. Even though this was far from my best race, I was reminded why I loved running so much. For 1:44:35, I didn't have to think about anything else except putting one foot in front of the other. Time like that is hard to come by these days. Despite physically pushing myself, I felt relaxed, refreshed, and proud by the time I crossed the finish. Completing a race- of any distance, at any pace- is nothing short of a great accomplishment.


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  1. Great take away lessons and you still did great! I was so happy when your blog came up in my reader with a post! I’ve missed youuuuu!!!

  2. Good job! I hope you and your family are doing well.

  3. It was nice to see your face pop up on my google reader! I’m thinking of you and your family. Sending good thoughts your way for safe foods and a healthy baby!

  4. Great job! Great post! And Great to see your smiling face. Take Care.

  5. Definitely good advice, thanks!

  6. congrats! You still ran amazingly well despite the conditions! wow! impressive.

  7. I second Katie’s sentiments- I have been stalking your blog for an update and missed you too! Glad to hear the race worked out even if the conditions weren’t ideal. You know I’d kill for that time on a half- or pretty much anything under two hours, so I still think you rocked it!

  8. So great to see a new post from you. Great job on the race! And W looks adorable in that hat. Sending good vibes your way.

  9. Nice to have you back, Jen. Congrats on the run yesterday. I was warn here in NJ for running!

  10. glad to have you back! You and Wyatt look great!

  11. So glad you’re back! Congrats on a good race! I’m doing a half marathon this weekend; I can DREAM for 1:44! I’m hoping to 1) beat my previous time; 2) if all goes well, finish around 2:00 H or so. I’ll be thinking of your “one foot in front of the other” mantra, which is SO much easier in comparison to most days :-)

  12. Nice job lady!!!! Looks like it was a beautiful day. I ran out in northwest NJ the same day as you and it was cloudy and cold, go figure :)

  13. congratulations jen! loved reading your race recap. it’s so crazy to me how much race experiences can vary as well as how your body feels from race to race. hope y’all are well. xo

  14. Hi Jen. I just popped over here to see what you were up to and saw your last post (this one). It’s surreal to look at those images and know that’s all gone now. I hope your family in NJ is okay and that you are doing well too.

  15. Miss hearing about your running and adventures. Hope all is okay it’s been so long since an update.

  16. Did you run Greenville the other weekend?

  17. Does this mean you aren’t going to have your blog anymore?

  18. Hope all is well with your family as Wyatt’s bday nears. Miss your posts.

  19. Just saw this post and it made me smile! I live at the Jersey Shore and only 30 minutes from Seaside. Hurrican Sandy kicked our butts, so it was nice to see some pictures of what it was like before the storm! :-D,

  20. The post were amazing, but its sad to hear things are getting closed. still not able to get over after reading this

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