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Half Marathon #30 in the Books and it was SPECTACULAR!!!

Monday, June 03, 2013

I chose the Niagara Fall Wonen's Half Marathon for my 30th Half. I'd never been there before and ended up knowing about a dozen people there from my area! I took my Mom as a Mother's Day gift since she had never been there either.

This was by far, one of my top races EVER! We ran by the Falls twice and the entire race was along the Niagara River. Weather turned out awesome. I could have gone for a Personal Best but I had to stop many times along the course and take pictures! So when I ran, I ran strong but I just enjoyed the entire time! Not a huge race, less than 1,500 but well organized. The race director made you feel like family!

I ran a 2:02 and was very happy with that but was happier that I allowed myself to just enjoy the race!

So no more Half's until end of October. I'll "hibernate" in the gym for the summer and get back to some heavy lifting to lean out before the fall race season. I'll run twice a week, will alternate a speed drill with hill repeats and will do a long run to keep a base. Other than that, will do another couple days of HIIT Cardio. I'm excited about really lifting again!

You know I have to share some pics!
Race Swag:

Race Shirt, says "Empowered" on the front:

View of the Falls from our 18th floor hotel room:

The nicest Port-a-Lets you'll ever find, complete with flowers, lavendar scent and toilet seat covers!

Before the race:

Me with the race director and his daughter after the race:

After the race showing off our Bling:

Mom and I. She was able to watch us from the hotel as we ran by the falls. She even saw me waving at her!

The Bling!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BLKLILY 6/5/2013 9:26PM

    You look emoticon sis! emoticon and I wish you many more!!!

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DRB13_1 6/3/2013 11:45PM

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That DOES look like a fun race, so glad your mom went too
happy summer and best wishes for the fall racing season
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AM217PERRY 6/3/2013 9:55PM

    Congrats on your 30th half! What s great accomplishment and sounds like it was an awesome experience!!! emoticon

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BRIANPILGRIM 6/3/2013 4:45PM

    Congratulations! I just saw your post randomly scroll by when i was looking at setting up goals for the Marathon Maniacs, Half-fanatics group here on SP. If you've never heard of the Half-fanatics you should check them out online.

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MBSHAZZER 6/3/2013 4:33PM

    Tia, looks like a gorgeous, or should I say, 'gorge-eous" race! So glad you and your mom got to enjoy a weekend away!

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PLANTAGO 6/3/2013 2:17PM

    Yay! Such a great race. I'm sure your Mom was so proud and happy to be there with you!!
And such a lovely port-a-potty LOL emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/3/2013 1:11PM

    Awesome!! Love the port-a-potties!

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BOILHAM 6/3/2013 12:26PM

    Wow, nice race report. It must have been so cool seeing the Falls during the run! Beautiful pictures, too. Makes me want to revisit Niagra Falls.

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LKEITHO 6/3/2013 12:24PM

    Sounds like a great event, and you put in a great time! Congrats!

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SUNSHINE20113 6/3/2013 12:07PM

    Congratulations!! I'm busy training for my first half marathon which will be in October, so I'm incredibly amazed that you have managed to run 30! It gives me hope!!

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