There’s something satisfying about checking off something on a list. Even more satisfying is checking off the first of five fall races – Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach. A small step on my way to my very first ever marathon.
Carly and I headed down to Virginia Beach early, early on Saturday morning which, in retrospect, was a great idea because we practically FLEW the whole way – no traffic! And, Carly and I enjoyed a great game of License Plate Bingo. We ended up seeing 36 out of 50 states! Plus: DC, Ontario and Quebec. We are awesome license plate bingo players!
Carly and I toured the expo, getting our bibs and seeing what goodies we could score. I got some great SweatyBands, including one with gators on it (tip of the hat to Mom and UF!). I got kind of amped at the expo because of all the runners and the energy in the room. We even took a fun “rock out” picture with wigs and props (which I’ll put up here when I find it).
Race day came early. Really early. So tired. Carly and I found our corral and stood on tiptoe to try to find the 2:30 pacer – who we were told was going to speedwalk the race. AND BOY DID HE! Holy moly, people. This guy was insane. Imagine a 50 year old hippie in a camel back and a fishing hat, speedwalking as if his life depended on it. Ridiculous. Also, let’s be clear here, he was FAST. Faster than 11:27 pace.
We kept up with him for the first 3 miles, but lost him by the 5k mark. The fast little bugger. But, we found the camera!
Carly started slowing just before the 10k mark, and insisted that I “Go! Kill it!” I felt bad leaving her, but she was overheating and felt queasy and said she didn’t want to hold me up. I appreciate her letting me go. I fueled at 6 miles and again at 10 miles – I think the 6 mile mark was too late. I’ll adjust for future races.
The last mile was tough because once I turned the corner to run the boardwalk I could see the finish line, but it was so much farther than it seemed. But, I did it… I finished! And I got:
A NEW PR!! 2:43:29!!!