Dan and I went to Virginia Beach over Labor Day weekend for a nice little retreat together, and we ran the half marathon – 13.1 miles – our first. We had an awesome time! We stayed on the boardwalk with a beach view, and enjoyed gorgeous weather thanks to hurricane Earl avoiding the area.
When we checked in, we went for a three mile run down the boardwalk and then ate dinner at Shogun. It’s an old favorite where the food- Japanese – is cooked in front of you, with flaming volcanic onions, spinning eggs, and corny jokes. 🙂 The food is always delicious.
Saturday we rode bikes to the convention center to check in and then rode around the beach some. Virginia Beach is very bike friendly. We also, of course, enjoyed lots of concerts!
Sunday was the big day. We were up at 4:50 and had to walk about a mile to the start line, drinking cytomax on the way. We ended up starting a little past 7:30. So, all the warming up and stretching didn’t really help a lot, and we started out with our muscles feeling pretty cold.
Dan and I stuck together, and we ran and ran and ran and ran … for over three hours. 🙂 It was hot and I’m thankful for all the people who lived in the houses we passed who put out their garden sprinklers for us to run under! That really helped. We ran past Dan’s mom’s old house, and a house that he used to live in too. The last few miles really hurt, and we were glad once we were done. We ended up running it in 3 hours and 11 minutes. Not fast, but it was our first and due to me hurting my hip a couple weeks ago, we weren’t able to train the past two weeks. So, I’m just glad I was healed enough to do it. I’m sure it will be our first of others to come.
After the marathon, we had to walk back to our room, which was about two miles. And then we went and enjoyed a seafood buffet. After lunch, we went down and slept on the beach. In the evening, we rode our bikes to see Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon on the beach. It was fun, but there was an insane amount of people, and we were exhausted. A fireworks display after the concert was a great way to end the day!
Monday as we were packing, we saw dolphins playing along the shore. The staff said it was fine to leave the car there, even though we had checked out, so we biked around the rest of the day. We had breakfast at Pocahontas Pancakes, where the waitress was great, and the food was amazing. We biked up and down the boardwalk, watched some men pull some flounder out of Rudee Inlet, and talked to some local guy whose kid was playing on the new playground about how we missed living there.
We went down on the pier, and again saw dolphins. This time closer up, and it appeared to be at least 8 of them. Such amazing creatures! We went shopping, got some shark teeth, beach towels, and a hermit crab for the girls. 🙂 Had dinner at Zeros and then headed home. It only took 3 1/2 hours and the traffic was minimal.
It was an amazing weekend!! Virginia really is for lovers. 🙂