I’m so excited to share with you my experience at the 2015 New Jersey Marathon. It’s all LOVE for this event. I apologize for the novel you are about to read (or scroll through).

The EXPO:

Mr. Sweat Out The Small Stuff and I went to the expo on Friday evening.

runNJ-expo-signWhen it comes to expos, Mr. SOTSS is more of the “run in, get race number, run out” kind of guy. He doesn’t get too excited about them. His whole running lifestyle is simple, practical and uncomplicated. But he loves how excited I get for expos that I love running so much that I love all the details that go into the race. He thinks I love preparing for a race as much as I love running them. What can I say. :) So the expo, the training, and all that happens from the moment I register for a race until the minute I cross the finish line (and even days after) is a big part of my life. It’s the reason I started blogging. OK sorry, I got off on a little tangent..

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The expo is at the race track which is also where the race starts

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I’m ready!

The expo was fairly simple. We didn’t stay for any of the seminars that were on tap, but we got a few samples and looked at some running gear and then grabbed our race bibs and shirts. I’ll say that the only part of this year’s NJ Marathon that I wasn’t in love with was the shirt. And guess what? I have so many running shirts at this point it’s really not a big deal. Especially since I signed up for the race a year beforehand at it’s lowest registration fee.

2015-njmarathon-shirtAll in all the expo was easy to get to, easy to navigate and quite empty. I’m sure Saturday was probably busier.

Since we went to the expo on Friday we had Saturday to relax without anything on the schedule.

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Hope you all had a great weekend!

I completed the 2015 New Jersey Marathon yesterday and the day couldn’t have been better. I will have a full recap up soon but I just wanted to share a few of the highlights:

1. I reached my A, B and C goal of finishing in one piece! And I reached my secret goal of breaking 5 hours.

IMG_5045Yup. I didn’t tell y’all that because I didn’t want to pressure myself having gone into this race SO undertrained and injury-plagued. I finished in 4:57:44, 19 minutes slower than my PR but this marathon wasn’t about PRs….it was about something bigger…love (more on that in my full recap).

 

 

 

the couple that runs together stays together =)

the couple that runs together stays together =)

2. Jane finished in 4:24(xx) which meant a 15 minute PR for her. She’s been hunting down a sub 4:25 and on marathon #3 she reached it and I couldn’t be more excited, happy, proud of her.

NJ Marathon BFFS 3 years running =)

NJ Marathon BFFS 3 years running =)

3. My brother, sister-in-law, niece and her friend came out again this year to cheer for me at miles 15 and 22 and brought me my ever important sweedish fish! More to come in the full recap but those fish helped me break through the wall at mile 18 and knowing they’d be there to see me at mile 22 kept me going when things got rough.

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His and Hers. This makes my heart swell =)

His and Hers. This makes my heart swell =)

I hope to get the full recap up later today or tomorrow.

How was your weekend?