My dad and I registered for the Atlantic City Marathon before my July wedding. He began training a week or two before the wedding, but I didn’t not begin training for the marathon until after my two week honeymoon in Hawaii. When I got back from Hawaii, I had 12 weeks to train for the marathon. You can read the few Atlantic City Marathon training posts I wrote .
We arrived in AC on Saturday afternoon for the Sunday race, checked into our hotel and headed to the expo. The expo was extremely small and not very impressive. I definitely thought there would be more to do there, but apparently the marathon was not a very big deal for Atlantic City. We picked up our bibs and shirts and walked on the boardwalk for awhile.
The night before the race we had a pizza party with my cousins, aunt & uncle at their house a few miles out. We ate lots of pizza then headed back to the hotel nice and early to rest up. I feel asleep around ten o’clock and woke up before my 5:30am alarm.
After quickly getting ready, I went next door to my parents room for breakfast and coffee. We snapped a few getting ready pictures there as well.
After the photo shoot I went back to my room to finish packing my bag and put on my garmin. As I was putting on my watch it snapped right in my hands! Luckily it was only the band and the watch itself still worked. I ended up carrying my watch in my hand the entire race. I still need to get that fixed. Any suggestions?
Dan and my mom dropped us off at the casino and my dad and I hung around inside to stay warm until shortly before the start when we decided to head to the starting line.
I didn’t realize that the half marathon was more popular than the full. Approximately 4000 people were running the half and only about 900 people ran the entire marathon. Both races began together, but we knew that when the half marathoners turned around that the roads would likely be quiet. We were both happy we decided to run together. It would have been tough to be out there on our own as there were not many spectators either.
Before we knew it it was time to go! We were pretty close to the front of the pack and luckily the start was not very crowded.
The course was obviously very flat with the first few miles weaving in and out of the casinos and then back to the boardwalk by mile 9 where we saw my mom, Dan, my uncle and Grandma.
Do you see my makeshift watch?! We were on the boardwalk for the next 7 miles then we looped through some residential neighborhoods until heading back to the boardwalk going north.
My plan for the race was to run with my dad and his goal was to ultimately qualify for the Boston Marathon with a BQ of 3:30. My job was to keep us on target for an 8 min/mile pace. As you can see from my garmin splits, we stayed on target until mile 10. Then it got a bit windy so we decided to maintain our effort and hoped to make up for the speed when the wind was at our backs. We stayed in the game until about mile 18 when we needed to slow down. At this point I was the 9th overall female in the race.
Blue-Eyed Dad got tired and slowed down a lot from there as the sun came out and the temperature rose into the 60s. We adjusted our goal and set out to enjoy the rest of the race. I tried to push as much as I could to keep the pace but he wasn’t having any of it : )
Fortunately, this is the first race I decided to run with my iphone. I thought it would be fun to document how we were feeling at various points of the race.
I also took a few videos but Blue-Eyed Dad wasn’t so happy about that : )
Soon, we made it back to the boardwalk and could see the casinos again. We were so close to the finish. I kept counting down the distance we had left and tried to be a positive cheerleader as we neared the finish.
Finally, we were there! Within a minute of last year’s NYC Marathon time.
Be sure to read Blue-Eyed Dad’s race report here .