Danny & I signed up for the VA Beach 1/2 marathon on Kim's suggestion...we are really glad we did! This race is in a great location, beautiful venue, awesome weather, and incredibly well organized. Okay, Ill admit it....I like races with sweet SWAG (which Jim Mitchell enlightened me, means "sh!t we all get" :), as well as great post-race parties...this race has both!
We trained for about 10 weeks...we use a plan from Runnersworld.com. We have used this before....it consists of an easy early week run, a mid-week tempo or speed workout, and a weekend long run. About halfway thru, it adds a 4th recovery run. The speed and tempo workouts are challenging (5 timed miles is always fun), but every time I feel very prepared on race day.
We drove down Saturday morning, went to a pretty cool expo, and met about 10-12 MMTCers for a great dinner. We had to scoot a few minutes early, bc I had to go get "Jimmered"....thats Jimmer Fredette from BYU and NCAA basketball...OMG the boy is crazy good!
7am was a little early to be running (for me anyway...I know some of you love early am workouts!)...but the moon was full and gorgeous as we lined up at the start line. And the sun rising during that 1st mile was awesome. Danny & I ran together for 3 miles...7:16 pace on 1st mile, ouch hard to do negative splits from that!!...then Danny took off and maintained close to 7's the rest of the way. The boy is crazy fast! I was thrilled with my 7:39's overall, 7th in my AG (of 585) and 87th female (of 4249)...so glad to be running strong again after a season of nagging injuries. My right knee/patella started to hurt at 10...Im pretty sure I'm built for 10 only...and hurts today still but glad I could push thru it. A good friend was just diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer out of the blue...thoughts of what he will have to go thru kept me pushing on. Still had enough left at the end for my annual hard kick, to catch 4 women in the last 200 yards (hope they were all in my AG:)...Im sure that means I should run faster thru the whole race but I love the sprint at the end, where my lungs felt they would explode!! You finish on the boardwalk and just run hard for the giant King Neptune statue.
The post race party was OTT!! In a huge heated tent, right on the beach, with all the beer you could drink and all the Irish stew you could eat!! So funny to have run 13.1 miles by 8:40am and to be hammered by 9:30:):) We had a blast hanging and dancing and laughing with Loretta, Kim, Jim & Kimberly, Mike, Pat, Heather...did I forget anyone? Check out the FBook pics...very fun! We stayed til Monday (VA Beach is very smart and requires a 2 night minimum for hotel), but it made it a great way to enjoy the day. After I saw my Dukies beat Michigan to head back to the Sweet 16, we all met at Mahi Mahs for dinner.
I would recommend this race to anyone...flat, fast, fun. A marathon is looming in my future...although I'll wanna stop at 10:) And someone encourage Danny to write a race report...because damn the boy can run!! Congrats to all MMTCers who ran, with all their PR's!