It all started last year when we ran the Surfside Half Marathon together on Valentine's. There just isn't anything quite like a 13-mile morning run along the beach with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day! (Plus, last year they gave us cool yellow jackets!) We decided that we'd like to come back as many times as possible for the Surfside run.
This year I was a little too pregnant to run a half marathon...I know some people can do amazing things when they're six months pregnant, but it wasn't going to happen for me! However, we still decided to enjoy the trip and let Jon run the half marathon.
The half marathon is completely along the Surfside Beach. This is Jon (in the orange) at about mile 4 1/2. The air started out at a frigid 40 degrees, but by lunch time was close to 60. This is considerably colder than last year!
The cold air didn't seem to touch the water. Still, underneath her beanie, gloves, long-sleeved shirt, sweater, jacket, and two pairs of pants, Kaia was cold enough to return to the motel for an hour of the run!
Happily, we were staying in a motel on the beach and it was easy to get to and from the race. Kaia had packed "everything I need" to entertain herself into a cute little purse that she pulled out at the motel. The main items were some toys and a little coloring book and crayons.
Jon finished running at about 10:35 am. We hung out at the beach (which was now a decent temperature!), ate lunch (an awesome barbecue provided by Surfside), and visited with some friends for a couple hours. We love mini-vacations!